Michigan: Ryan Newman preview

Entering Michigan, Ryan Newman is only 22 points out of 12th in the standings. MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 12, 2007) -- After another solid finish in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger,...

Entering Michigan, Ryan Newman is only 22 points out of 12th in the standings.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 12, 2007) -- After another solid finish in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, inched his way closer to the top 12 and into the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup".

After starting from the pole and finishing second in Sunday's rain-shortened race, Newman moved from 15th in the standings to 13th, only 22 points away from this year's 12th-place cut-off position.

The finish was Newman's fifth top-10 in six races and his third top-five in the last four events. Newman also earned his third-consecutive Bud Pole Award in Pocono and his fourth of the season.

This weekend, Newman will make his 12th Cup start at Michigan International Speedway in the Citizens Bank 400. It will be his 203rd career start in the series.

Newman possesses an average start of 9.5 and an average finish of 14.8 at the 2-mile track. He has earned one Bud Pole at MIS -- June 19, 2005. Newman has only three starts outside the top 10; two in 12th place and a 42nd, which occurred during this race last year when he spun during his qualifying lap. Of his eight top-10 starts, five of them have been from the top five.

Newman has four top-five finishes at MIS, including two consecutive victories -- August 2003 and June 2004. Four of Newman's other finishes have been inside the top 15.

In seven events, Newman has led 91 laps and has completed 1,965 laps of a possible 2,129. This gives Newman a 92.3 percent completion rate.

Crew chief Mike Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger team will take chassis PRS-071 as the primary car to Michigan. This was the car Newman drove during the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte as well as Las Vegas, Atlanta and Texas. Newman finished eighth in Las Vegas and won the pole in Atlanta. The back-up car is PRS-053. This chassis was tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, but has not been used during a race.

-credit: pr

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