|Ryan Newman is 100/1 to win Sunday at Bristol.|
Newman at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile … Newman will make his 520th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the Series returns to Bristol’s bullring. In 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004 as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned two top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came on August 28, 2004. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10.9 and average finish of 16.2. He’s led a total of 112 laps in competition. And in the XFINITY Series, he owns one pole (fall 2006) and a 2005 victory in the fall race.
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See Newman … On Sunday, he is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the Team Chevy display at 10:00 a.m. located in the Bristol midway.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What is the key to success at Bristol?
“The key is just having a good smooth rolling car because you have to get through the center of the corners. It is kind of like Martinsville Speedway but a whole lot faster. You have got to get in the corner. You have to get off the corner but you have to also roll the center. Plus, you have to stay out of people’s problems basically whether it’s caused by road rage or a simple short-track superspeedway accident that seem to happen there from time to time. You just never know. You have to be on your toes the entire day and that’s probably one of the biggest challenges at Bristol.”
What is the hardest thing or place to figure out about Bristol?
“Sometimes it’s track position. Sometimes it’s just easy to pass and sometimes it’s not. It’s really a fun track since they’ve changed it because you can end up running next to the wall and then running at the bottom for a few laps. It’s all about seeing if you are better at the bottom than most and getting by a few guys while they are trying to get by you on the high side. It’s a different Bristol from what we grew up with but it’s still a fun Bristol.”
What was the first impression of Bristol before you ever took a lap there?
“It was special but it wasn’t the most intimidating short track for me. My home track, Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Ind., was a half-mile, true 30 degrees of banking. We did it in 14-and-a-half seconds in a midget. To me, Winchester Speedway was more intimidating than Bristol. With that said, Bristol still is fast and a lot of fun to drive. It’s where I got the nickname, Rocketman.”
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