Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ryan Newman: "I wish we had more short tracks like Martinsville'

Ryan Newman won at Martinsville in 2012; he's 35/1 this week
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Martinsville Speedway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 435 in Sunday’s Martinsville 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new in competition and will make its debut for the first time during Friday’s practice and qualifying activities.

Newman at Martinsville’s half-mile … In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, Newman visited victory lane at this event in 2012. The Rocket Man also owns three pole awards, all happening in the fall events in 2002, ’04 and ’09. In total, he owns seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of ninth and average finish of 15th. When calculating points earned over the last 10 races at the half-mile track, Newman ranks fourth in amount of points earned.

Engineered to Amaze … Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s fourth largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power for four consecutive years in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 11 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 8,500 of its 10,000-plus team members work in the city’s urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit www.quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoans.

Point of Interest … Newman ranks eighth in the championship point standings, trailing the current leader by just 36 markers heading into the sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of 2014.

Race Rewind … Last season, Newman started 10th and had a strong run cut down by two flat tires. It resulted in a 31st-place finish.


What are your thoughts on Martinsville Speedway?

“I really like Martinsville Speedway. I wish we had more short tracks like Martinsville. Short-track racing is some of the best racing we have going for our sport because of the quality of racing we have there. The mechanical grip is always a factor at that track and it depends on which tire Goodyear brings for us. Mechanical grip and tires can manipulate the kind of weekend you are going to have and hopefully you can adapt quickly, as well as adjust appropriately throughout the course of the weekend. I like the challenge of having to chase the combination of the tire and race track. The track changes day to day so the key is making the right adjustments so you don’t go off path. I am really looking forward to having a good race there in the Quicken Loans Chevrolet.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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