Bristol II: Ryan Newman preview

MAN ON A MISSION - Newman will attempt to make history this week when he competes for the "Bristol Grand Slam" - racing in four NASCAR-sanctioned events at the half-mile track, all in the same week. By doing so, Newman would become the first...

MAN ON A MISSION - Newman will attempt to make history this week when he competes for the "Bristol Grand Slam" - racing in four NASCAR-sanctioned events at the half-mile track, all in the same week. By doing so, Newman would become the first NASCAR driver to accomplish the feat. It starts Wednesday, Aug. 19 with the NASCAR Whelen Modified race, followed by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race the same day, the NASCAR Nationwide Series race (Aug. 21), and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (Aug. 22). If Newman completes every lap in each race, he will circle the half-mile bullring 1,100 times and race 586 miles over the course of four days.

AT BRISTOL - Newman has six starts, one win (2005), two top-fives and five top-10 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has led 300 laps, including a dominant 114 laps in his 2005 victory. He also has one pole award. He has led a minimum of 27 laps in the last four of his six career races at BMS. Newman's average finish is 8.8 with an average start of 5.8.

JRM STATS - Bristol marks Newman's fourth and final start of 2009 with JR Motorsports. In his previous three starts with the team, Newman led five laps and earned one top-10 finish. He qualified with a top-five and top-10 starting spot in his first two races.

CHART-TOPPER - Newman tops the charts in five of NASCAR's loop data statistics including average driver rating (123.7), fastest early in run (118.328 mph), fastest late in run (115.811 mph), fastest on restarts (114.582 mph), and green-flag speed (116.516 mph).

CHASSIS INFO - The Fastenal team will race chassis No. 495 this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced it to an eighth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2008. Bristol marks its first race in 2009.

NEWMAN (on attempting the "Bristol Grand Slam") - "I'm not sure how this whole deal really came together. When I was in Bristol earlier this year, we were talking about how I was running the Modified, Truck and Sprint Cup race in August; and someone said it would be really cool if I could find a car and compete in the Nationwide race, too. I thought about it, and was like ‘Yeah, that would be pretty cool.' So a lot of people started working on trying to get a Nationwide ride for me. Luckily, Scott Wimmer, Fastenal and JR Motorsports were willing to trade races so that I could drive the No. 5 car at Bristol, and I really appreciate that. They have given me an incredible opportunity, and I can't thank them enough. Hopefully, I can get a win for them in the Nationwide race on Saturday at Bristol as a way to thank them."

NEWMAN (on racing at Bristol) - ""Everyone will tell you that Bristol has always been a game of survival. Everything happens so fast there. You don't have time to think or blink. You just don't realize how quickly everything happens at Bristol. You could have the best car out there, but everything is completely out of your hands. One minute you could be running in the lead and just seconds later, you could be wrecked in the corner and out of the race and it be no fault of your own. You won't even realize what has happened to you until afterwards."

NEWMAN (the challenges of competing in all four races) - "It is going to be a challenge to compete in all four races, but I am really looking forward to it. It's a lot of miles, a lot of laps. I have done the Nationwide and Cup races on the back-to-back nights in August before, and that can be difficult. Throw in the Truck and the Modified race on Wednesday, and it's like I am running a second Cup race there. So, I know it is not going to be easy. I know it's going to be hot and sticky at Bristol. And always, Bristol is a very physically demanding track. I will have to be sure to stay hydrated and loose, and Bristol is as much a mental racetrack as a physical one. It's going to be fun and a challenge and I'm looking forward to it. I just hope that I can put on a good show for all of my sponsors and all of the fans out there who will be supporting me."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Ryan Newman , Scott Wimmer
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports , HART