MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 3, 2007) -- The halfway point of the 2007 NASCAR Cup season has arrived and it's once again time for the series to head back to Daytona International Speedway for this weekend's Pepsi 400; and for many, it will be a ...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 3, 2007) -- The halfway point of the 2007 NASCAR Cup season has arrived and it's once again time for the series to head back to Daytona International Speedway for this weekend's Pepsi 400; and for many, it will be a sentimental time in stock car racing.
This is the last time the old cars will race on a superspeedway 2.5 miles or longer in length. Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, and his Alltel team will take chassis PRS-099 to Daytona for the car's swan song at the speedway. This is the same car Newman drove in this year's Daytona 500 when he started 16th and was running near the front when a crack in the radiator eliminated him from the race. The back-up car for Daytona is PRS-065, which was the car Newman used during the annual pre-season Budweiser Shootout this year.
"We had a great race going in the 500 back in February and had a top-three car, but we just had problems with the radiator that took us out of the race," Newman said. "We've had really good cars at the superspeedways the last few races and I'm looking forward to driving the old cars at Daytona for the last time. I know the Alltel Dodge team will give me another fast car and hopefully, we'll have a little better luck this time around and be able to get another top-five finish at Daytona."
Newman's second trip to Daytona this year will be his 12th Cup start at the 2.5-mile track and his 206th in the Cup Series. He hasn't enjoyed the kind of success at Daytona that he's seen at other tracks throughout the circuit, but his numbers aren't bad at Daytona. Newman has an average start of 22.6 and an average finish of 20.7. He has only one start from inside the top 10 -- a ninth in the 2005 Daytona 500.
Newman possesses two top-10 finishes at DIS, including a career-best third place in the 2006 Daytona 500. Four of his other nine finishes have been inside the top 20. Newman also has led 27 laps in four races at Daytona and has completed 1,782 laps of a possible 1,917, giving him a 93 percent completion rate.