MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2007) -- After earning his second fifth-place finish in two weeks, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, heads into Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend with hopes of winning his first race in more...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2007) -- After earning his second fifth-place finish in two weeks, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, heads into Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend with hopes of winning his first race in more than two years.
"This is our last chance to get a win before the season is over and I think we have a good chance of getting it done," Newman said. "Our team has been solid the last couple of weeks and even though we had some problems in Atlanta, we've still been running really well."
Newman earned his second straight top-five finish last weekend in Phoenix after pit strategy helped him lead four laps before finishing fifth in the Checkers Auto Parts 500. This weekend, Newman will make his sixth Cup start at Homestead for the season-ending Ford 400. It will be his 224th career start in the Cup Series.
"I'm really proud of our team and the way they've been able to battle back throughout the season," Newman continued. "It seems like every time we have a bad weekend, we come back to the track and have a few good finishes in a row. That shows how dedicated these guys are. They're not going to let one bad week keep them from working hard the next week and getting good finishes in the Alltel Dodge."
Newman has an average start of 8.0 and an average finish of 20.6 at the 1.5-mile track. All of his starts have been 16th or higher, including three from the top five.
Newman has two top-10 finishes at Homestead. His other finishes have been 23rd, 30th and 37th.
Newman has led 133 laps in three Homestead races. He has completed 1,187 laps of a possible 1,340 since he made his debut in 2002 at the south Florida track. Newman has a completion rate of 88.6 percent.
Crew Chief Michael Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger team will take chassis PRS-110 to Homestead as their primary car. This was the car Newman raced at Texas where he qualified 11th and finished fifth. The back-up car this weekend is chassis PRS-108. It was last raced in Atlanta at the end of October. The car qualified ninth, but finished 37th after developing engine problems.