Dover: Ryan Newman preview

Newman Moving on Up to the Chase Side; Army driver looking to continue Dover success DOVER, Del. (May 11, 2010) -- Ryan Newman is moving on up. No detours, just straight up the points ladder. And following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover ...

Newman Moving on Up to the Chase Side; Army driver looking to continue Dover success

DOVER, Del. (May 11, 2010) -- Ryan Newman is moving on up. No detours, just straight up the points ladder.

And following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway, the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet driver is hoping to make another leap in the standings -- into the top-12 and a position inside NASCAR's prestigious Chase.

In the last six Cup races, Newman has vaulted from 26th to 14th in the point standings, thanks to four top-10 finishes and one win during this period. He is currently 38 points outside of the top-12.

After sub par results in the first five races, Newman reversed the trend with a fourth-place finish at Martinsville (March 28). He followed with a victory in Phoenix (April 10) and recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes of eighth and ninth the past two weeks in Richmond and Darlington, respectively.

"No question, the Army team has had some solid runs lately, but we're better than what we've shown," said Newman. "We're getting close to hitting the rhythm that we've been looking for. Dover is one of the tracks where I feel it can all come together for our Soldiers' car."

When Newman talks about Dover's Monster Mile, he lights up since the track is very high on his list as a personal favorite.

"Dover is one of my favorite, if not my favorite track," Newman stated emphatically.

Looking at his Dover numbers, it's easy to understand why Newman enjoys a special fondness for the Delaware facility. In fact, of NASCAR's 23 venues, which comprise the 36-race Sprint Cup schedule, Dover is the place where Newman has recorded his career best track results. In 16 starts at Dover, Newman has three wins, six top-fives, 10 top-10s, four poles and has led 842 laps. His average start is 8.2 and average finish in 10.3.

"It's a lot of fun to drive there, I really like the banking," said Newman about the all-concrete Dover track. "Once you get a race car dialed in at Dover, it usually stays right all day."

Newman's fondness for the Dover track didn't evolve over time. As his results will show, he took an immediate liking to the one-mile oval.

Newman scored a fourth-place result in his first Cup race at Dover in June 2002. The following year he won both Cup races at Dover and claimed his third victory there in September 2004. Last year at Dover, he posted two top-10 finishes of eighth and 10th.

"It's a lot easier to produce good results when you have a comfort level with a track," said the 32-year-old Newman. "Dover is a fast track and I not only like the challenge of dropping off into the corners, but also 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."

Prior to his arrival at Dover, Newman will make a side trip on Thursday to the U.S. Army post in Fort Belvoir, Va.

"Visiting Army bases allows me the opportunity to closely interact with our Army Strong Soldiers," said Newman. "Last week I was in Fort Benning, Ga. and had a great time there. I look forward to the Fort Belvoir visit and meeting more of our heroes who fight for our freedom. It's an awesome partnership that we have with the Army."

-source: shr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman