Charlotte: Ryan Newman preview

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2007) -- The last time Ryan Newman posted four consecutive top-10 finishes it was early in the 2005 season. The streak began in Darlington and continued through Richmond, Charlotte and Dover. In those four races,...

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2007) -- The last time Ryan Newman posted four consecutive top-10 finishes it was early in the 2005 season.

The streak began in Darlington and continued through Richmond, Charlotte and Dover. In those four races, Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, earned a fifth, a third, a fifth and an eighth-place finish, respectively.

This weekend at the Coca-Cola 600, Newman will be seeking his fourth-consecutive top-10 finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Newman also will be celebrating a milestone in his eight-year career in NASCAR's top series -- his 200th start.

Newman, who has 12 previous starts at LMS, has an average starting spot of 4.5 and an average finish of 20.08 at the 1.5-mile track. Lowe's was also the first track where Newman sat on the pole back in May 2001. Total, Newman has earned the Bud Pole Award five times at LMS and has five other top-five starts at the track. Newman also has finished in the top-10 five times, including three top-fives. His best finish came in October 2003 when Newman finished second to Tony Stewart.

Newman has led at least one lap in six of his 12 races at LMS, setting the pace for a total of 222. Of the 4,282 laps in those 12 races, Newman has completed 3,488 of them, giving him an 81.5 percent completion rate.

"We've been running really well the last few weeks and it's showed at the end of the races," Newman said. "We're bringing a good car with us to Charlotte this weekend. We've improved our finishes each of the last three weeks and it's just a matter of time before we get this Alltel Dodge back into Victory Lane. We'd really like to do that this weekend in front of all of our friends and family."

Crew chief Mike Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger team will take chassis PRS-071 as the primary car for the season's longest race. This car was last used in Texas and has been the primary at every intermediate track this year. In Las Vegas, Newman earned his first top-10 finish of the season -- eighth -- and in Atlanta, he drove the car to his 38th career Bud Pole Award.

The back-up car is PRS-053. It was used last weekend in the All-Star Challenge where it started and finished eighth.

The Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Lowe's Motor Speedway by FOX and PRN radio beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman