Martinville II: Ryan Newman preview

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2007) -- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger, was just three laps away from earning his first victory since September 2005 when he cut a left-front tire in turn two at Lowe's Motor Speedway, dropping...

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2007) -- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger, was just three laps away from earning his first victory since September 2005 when he cut a left-front tire in turn two at Lowe's Motor Speedway, dropping the Indiana native to a 28th-place finish when the checkered flag waved on lap 337.

"We were so close to getting that win at Charlotte," Newman said. "It would've been really nice to get a win at Lowe's, but we'll just have to wait another week."

This weekend, Newman will make his 12th Cup start at Martinsville Speedway. It will be his 220th career start in the Cup Series.

Newman possesses an average start of 5.8 and an average finish of 15.1. He only has one start outside the top 10 -- a 24th in April after he spun during his qualifying lap -- and eight inside the top five, including two Bud Pole Awards.

Newman has produced five top-10 finishes at Martinsville, all from the top five, and he has totaled four other finishes inside the top 20.

Newman has led 83 laps in four Martinsville races. He has completed 5,190 laps of a possible 5,500 since he made his Cup debut at the Virginia track in 2002. Newman has a completion rate of 94.4 percent at the paperclip-shaped, half-mile track.

"I've never won at Martinsville, but I've had some good runs there," Newman noted.

"We had a little bit of a problem during qualifying there earlier this year, but we still pulled out a 14th-place finish. We've got a good COT program at Penske, so I think we have a good shot at getting another good finish there this weekend."

Crew Chief Michael Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger team will take PRS-509 to Martinsville as their primary car. This car was last used at Loudon, N.H., where Newman started fifth and finished ninth. The back-up car is PRS-519, which was used during an August tire test at Charlotte, but has not seen any race action.

-credit: pr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman