* Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, has two wins, four poles, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. * Newman won his first career NASCAR Cup ...
* Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, has two wins, four poles, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
* Newman won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race at the Loudon, N.H. track in September 2002. He won the rain-shortened event from the pole position, leading 143 of 207 laps.
* Newman holds the track qualifying record at New Hampshire. He turned the record-setting lap in September 2003 of 133.357 miles per hour (28.561 seconds).
* Newman holds the record for most poles at the 1.058-mile flat track with four (9/02, 9/03, 7/04 and 7/06).
* In all of his Cup Series races at New Hampshire, Newman has finished outside of the top-12 only twice. His average starting position at the track is 6.2 and his average finishing position is 11.1.
* Starting July 1st, race fans can participate in the Alltel Racing online charity auction by visiting www.alltelracing.com to bid on authentic racing items autographed by Newman and other members of the No. 12 Team. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Ryan Newman Foundation. Items up for auction include a pair of race-worn gloves, a door panel from the No. 12 Alltel Dodge and a crew shirt signed by Newman and several members of the team. Other items will be added as the auction continues.
RACING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: "New Hampshire has always been a good track for us. They have done some great improvements there over the years. They have done a lot of things safety-wise and competitiveness-wise to make it better. So, I really do look forward to it.
"It's a fun race track. It has long straightaways and hairpin corners. You really have to drive it into the corner and focus on rolling through the center. It's one of the most symmetrical tracks we go to in that turns one and two are very similar to turns three and four. It's really important to focus on the exit of the corners. The toughest part is track position -- if you get behind, it is hard to make it up. Because track position is so important, hopefully we'll be able to continue our record of solid qualifying efforts at New Hampshire this weekend.
"I got my first NASCAR Cup win at New Hampshire, so it is always going to be a special track for me. We had a good run last week in Sonoma, and we need keep that streak going this weekend."
THE SEASON SO FAR: "We needed a good run at Sonoma, and finishing seventh was a good start for us. We have had a couple of tough breaks, but our goal continues to be to make it into this year's Chase. To make the Chase, we know that we need to score top-fives and top 10s. This is a team that has the ability and the desire to be competitive and win each and every week.
"We're going to New Hampshire this weekend, which has been a good track for Ryan and this team. It's the track where he got his first win, and the team had two top-10s in COT races there last year. Ryan has a strong history of qualifying and running well there. Our goal is to give him a car to continue his solid runs."
PRS-570: The No. 12 Alltel Dodge that Newman will pilot at New Hampshire is the same car that he raced in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. Newman finished 21st in that event.
PRS-561: The backup No. 12 Alltel Dodge this weekend is the car that Newman drove at Richmond International Raceway in May. Newman started 10th and finished sixth in that race. It was also the backup at Michigan in June.