Pocono: Ryan Newman preview

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 5, 2007) -- For the fourth time in six weeks, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, has earned a top-10 finish with his second place at Dover giving him two top fives in three NASCAR Cup Series ...

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 5, 2007) -- For the fourth time in six weeks, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, has earned a top-10 finish with his second place at Dover giving him two top fives in three NASCAR Cup Series races.

Newman's pit crew also earned the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge award for spending the least amount of time on pit road during the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Raceway on Monday afternoon.

Since Talladega, Newman has moved up in the drivers' standings from 26th to 16th and is now only 46 points out of the 12th position -- the last spot to clinch for the 2007 Chase. Newman had one tough week in Charlotte after an engine failure during the Coca-Cola 600, but the team was able to bounce back in Dover.

Newman earned his second consecutive Bud Pole Award in Dover and his third of 2007. After leading 135 laps, Newman finished second -- his best finish this year.

The Alltel Dodge team is now preparing for this weekend's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Newman will make his 11th start at the track and his 202nd in the Cup Series.

Newman has an average start of 10.4 and an average finish of 15.4 at the 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track in the Pocono Mountains. His one Bud Pole Award and his single victory at the track came on the same weekend in July 2003. In qualifying, Newman possesses five top-10 starts, including four in the top five, with only one start coming outside the top 20 -- a 30th in August 2004.

Race-wise, Newman has four top-five finishes at Pocono, including his 2003 victory. Three of Newman's other six starts have ended in top-20 finishes with only three coming from 30th position or lower.

The Indiana native has led 140 laps in seven events, including 88 laps during his 2003 victory run. He has completed 1,929 laps of a possible 1,979, giving him a 97.5 percent completion rate.

Crew chief Mike Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger team will take chassis PRS-104 as the primary car to Pocono. This car last ran during the California race in February when Newman started 19th and finished 12th.

The back-up car is PRS-097. This chassis has been tested at Kentucky and Nashville this year, but has not been used during a race.

-credit: pr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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