Dover: Ryan Newman preview

Newman Taking Torrid Pace to Favorite Track DOVER, Del. (May 27, 2009) -- So far it's been a renaissance year for Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation Impala SS. After 12 Sprint Cup races with the new Stewart-Haas Racing...

Newman Taking Torrid Pace to Favorite Track

DOVER, Del. (May 27, 2009) -- So far it's been a renaissance year for Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation Impala SS.

After 12 Sprint Cup races with the new Stewart-Haas Racing team, Newmanis off to one of his best starts in nearly four seasons.Hisr009 achievementsinclude:

* Current streak of four straighttop-five finishes -- third (Talladega), fourth (Richmond), fourth (Darlington) and second (Charlotte).

* Best finishing average of 3.25 in the last four pointraces.

* Rankedseventhin the driver point standings. The last time he was inside the top 10after 12 races into the season wasinr005.

* Overall 2009 season record includes: 12 starts, four top fives, sixtop 10s, one pole and one outside pole.

* Already doubled his top-five finishes compared to the entire 2008 season.

Newman has repeatedly said that he expected strong performances fromthe get-go even though the new Stewart-Haas team has been labeled the surprise story of 2009. Newman's teammate and team owner, Tony Stewart, is also enjoying a successful campaign, ranking second in driver points.

"The backbone was there -- we just had to branch out," said Newman. "Our new branches were new people. We had to build new cars and bring in some different situations to try and make things better from where they were. I always felt that we would come out of the gate strong. Our success isjust a product ofeffort and hard work and the team doing what it should be doing, which is working together and moving forward."

"We just need to keep doing what we've been doing and we'll get what we're after -- and that's a win in the U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet," added Newman.

The next stop on the Sprint Cup circuit is Sunday'srace at Dover International Speedway, wherethe 31-year-old Newman has enjoyed a great deal of success.

In 14 starts at Dover's Monster Mile, Newmanhascaptured three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s, four polesand has led 813 laps. His average start is 8.4 and his average finish is 10.5.

"Dover is one of my favorite if not my favorite racetrack," noted Newman, a 13-time tour winner. "It's a lot of fun to drive there, I really like the banking. Once you get a race car right there, it usually stays right all day. It's fast and I like the challenge of dropping off into the corners and the way it pushes you down in the seat when you're coming off the corners. Just a lot fun -- I enjoy qualifying and racing at Dover."

Newman's three wins at Dover came in June 2003 (from the pole), September 2003 and September 2004.

-credit: shr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing