Chicagoland: Ryan Newman preview

NEWMAN RETURNS - Ryan Newman makes his second start in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, which is one hour from his hometown of South Bend, Ind. In his first race for JR Motorsports at Dover, he qualified sixth and...

NEWMAN RETURNS - Ryan Newman makes his second start in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, which is one hour from his hometown of South Bend, Ind. In his first race for JR Motorsports at Dover, he qualified sixth and finished 32nd after an accident. His remaining events with JRM include Michigan International Speedway (8/15) and Bristol Motor Speedway (8/21).

AT CHICAGOLAND - Newman has three Nationwide starts at Chicagoland Speedway with one top-five finish. He has led 202 laps with an average start of 4.3 and average finish of 24.0. His most recent start at the 1.5-mile facility was in 2007.

FASTENAL FAST FACTS - After starting fifth at Chicagoland in 2008, driver Landon Cassill drove the No. 5 Chevrolet to a 10th-place finish.

FINDING SUCCESS IN NATIONWIDE - Newman holds seven wins and 12 poles in the Nationwide Series in only 43 starts. Six of his victories came during a stellar 2005 season, in which he scored eight top-fives in nine starts and led nearly half of his completed laps (800 of 1,658 laps). He owns 15 career top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.

UPCOMING RACES FOR THE 5 TEAM - The No. 5 team will not compete in next weekend's race at Gateway International Raceway, but will return to action at O'Reilly Raceway Park for the start of eight consecutive races. Seven of those eight races have Fastenal as the primary sponsor, and four of them will be with Scott Wimmer behind the wheel.

CHASSIS INFO - The No. 5 Fastenal team will run chassis 402. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove this car to a 13th-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the spring.

EDUCATION FOR ELI: With the effort and support of the entire NASCAR community, a college fund has been set up for Eli Ross, the 2-year-old grandson of late motorsports journalist David Poole, who passed away on April 28. Anyone interested in contributing to the "Education for Eli" fund can do so by sending donations to the following address:

Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
(Please make checks payable to "Eli Ross Account" at Bank of Stanly.)

For more information, please call the Bank of Stanly at 704.485.3435.

NEWMAN (looking ahead to the Chicagoland weekend) - "My debut with JR Motorsports at Dover definitely was not what I hoped for. We ran into some bad luck, and didn't have a good day from the drop of the green flag. I'm looking forward to redeeming myself at Chicagoland this weekend in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevy. I've run three Nationwide races at Chicago and qualified well there, but haven't had the results that I want. JR Motorsports has the equipment and the personnel to put me in the position to run up front and stay up front. To me, winning is an attainable goal this weekend. It's been a while since I have been to victory lane in the Nationwide Series, and I would love to turn that around at Chicago since it's so close to where I grew up."

NEWMAN (on what it takes to succeed at Chicago) - "I look forward to it because of the 18-degree banking and the fact that it is kind of unique. Chicago is really a big circle. It is rewarding if you are good in the corners, because even the back straightaway has a kink in it. You have to carry a lot of momentum there."

NEWMAN (on racing near his hometown of South Bend, Ind.) - "Chicago's close to home for me. I always say I consider Michigan or Indianapolis my home tracks because that's where I grew up. I have a lot of memories of watching races at those tracks. But of all the tracks we go to, Chicago is actually the closest race track to South Bend. I normally just relax when I go to Chicago, but every once in a while I'll go watch a Midget race at Grundy County, which is where I used to race when I was 18 or 19 years old. It's neat to go back. It's just nice to be back in my home area."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ryan Newman , Scott Wimmer , Landon Cassill
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports