Ryan Newman preview

Event: Phoenix:

Dollar General Racing welcomes Ryan Newman aboard... Turner Motorsports and Dollar General Racing are pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Newman to their 2011 all-star driver line-up. Newman is set to pilot the No. 30 Dollar General Chevrolet Impala in this weekend's event at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). In 62 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts, the Sprint Cup Series star boasts seven wins, 17 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes. The man dubbed 'rocket man' has captured 12 pole awards and led a total of 1,491 laps.

By the numbers: PIR...Newman has made one NNS start at PIR where he finished 36 after leading four laps. In 17 Sprint Cup Series events at the track, he is credited with one win (April, 2010) and four pole awards.

One-Mile success...Though he has only one NNS start at PIR, Newman has eight Nationwide Series starts at one-mile tracks. In those eight events he has accumulated one win, two pole awards, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

Calling the shots... Veteran crew chief Stewart Cooper will be leading the No. 30 Dollar General team this weekend at PIR. In addition to his time with the No. 30 car, Cooper calls the shots for Kasey Kahne when he pilots the No. 38 Chevy for Turner Motorsports.

Start of a new era for Turner Motorsports... The 2011 season marks the start of a new era for Turner Motorsports. The team has expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR's top-tier touring series, fielding three entries in the NCWTS and four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). Three of the team's regular NNS drivers (Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier) have been pegged as viable contenders to win the 2011 NNS driver championship.

This week's Impala... In this weekend's event at PIR, the No. 30 Dollar General team will hit the track with chassis number TMS-113. Chassis TMS-113 is a newly built chassis and has never seen the race track.

Ryan Newman on racing at Phoenix with Turner Motorsports

"I'm looking forward to getting in a Nationwide car again and being associated with Turner Motorsports," said Newman. "My Cup debut was at Phoenix back in 2000, so I enjoy racing there, but going around there has its moments. Both ends of the track are totally different, and it seems almost impossible to get both ends to work perfectly. I like a challenge -- it keeps me on my toes. Hopefully it will be a fun night of racing."

-source: turner motorsports

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