|Ryan Newman makes his 535th career start Saturday night at Bristol.|
Newman at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile … Newman will make his 535th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the Series returns to Bristol’s bullring. In 29 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 16 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came on August 28, 2004. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 11.1 and average finish of 16.0. 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. In the last six Cup races at Bristol, Newman ranks fifth in most points earned.
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RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What is the key to getting around Bristol Motor Speedway?
“It’s just following the demands of the 500 laps like not beating your car up and being able to hold some kind of track position. It doesn’t take much to get lapped there. Having one bad run can change your entire day whereas a place like Michigan, one bad run just puts you farther back, but you are probably not going to get lapped.”
What is the hardest part of the track to figure out?
“I don’t know if it’s hard to figure out. It’s just hard to be a little bit better than everyone else because it seems like the times are so tight there that it doesn’t take much to set yourself above everybody else.”
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