An Elk and a Victory Would be Perfect for Newman LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 15, 2010) -- Winning a Sprint Cup race and bagging an elk would be considered a perfect week for race car driver and avid outdoorsman Ryan Newman. As the weekend...
An Elk and a Victory Would be Perfect for Newman
LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 15, 2010) -- Winning a Sprint Cup race and bagging an elk would be considered a perfect week for race car driver and avid outdoorsman Ryan Newman.
As the weekend approaches for Sunday's Sylvania 300 Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Newman is halfway to reaching his perfect goal.
Following last week's Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Newman and fellow NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. went on a hunting trip to New Mexico where Newman bagged an elk that he referred to as a "dandy".
"We had a great hunting trip and it was sure nice to kick back with friends," said Newman. "The elk I got will be shown on (ESPN's)Driven to Hunt at a later date. It was pretty exciting and what would be even more exciting is to drive our No. 39U.S. Army Chevrolet to victory lane on Sunday. We want to put a smile on the faces of our Army Strong Soldiers."
Back home in North Carolina the 32-year-old Newman is refreshed and energized for the final 10 races of the 2010 season. And considering his history at the New England facility he stands a realistic chance of capping off the week with a trip to victory lane.
Sunday's Sprint Cup race marks the eighth anniversary of Newman's first career Cup win which came at the New Hampshire track on Sept. 15, 2002. He scored another New Hampshire win three years later on Sept. 18, 2005.
"I guess you can say this is an anniversary week for my two New Hampshire wins," said Newman, a 14-time tour winner. "New Hampshire is very much a driver's track and to me it was the birthplace of track position. It's a place where we spend a lot of effort and put a lot of time into qualifying."
When it comes to success at New Hampshire's 1.058-mile oval m- whether during qualifying or on race day -- Newman knows the formula. In 17 starts at New Hampshire, he has two wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s, four poles and has led 539 laps.
"New Hampshire is unique," stated Newman. "It's not flat, it feels flat and it almost feels off camber.I mean, it's very much a driver's racetrack. I've always said it's never been my favorite track even though I've had some success there.I've always liked banked racetracks the best -- just my personal preference. Loudon is far from that."
Newman enters the New Hampshire race in 13th place. He missed making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by one position.
"We're obviously disappointed that we're not in the Chase," said Newman, who has been a Chase participant three times, including last year. "But we have the opportunity to win more races. We're going to do outr best to get the most points of anyone in the Chase."
Newman will also compete in Saturday's New Hampshire 100 - a Whelen Modified Series race.