Ryan Newman NASCAR Cup Preview - New Hampshire

June 24, 2008

Ryan Newman
No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger
LENOX Industrial Tools 301 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Notes & Quotes
For Immediate Release - June 24, 2008 

  • Ryan Newman, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, has two wins, four poles, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
  • Newman won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race at the Loudon, N.H. track in September 2002. He won the rain-shortened event from the pole position, leading 143 of 207 laps.
  • Newman holds the track qualifying record at New Hampshire. He turned the record-setting lap in September 2003 of 133.357 miles per hour (28.561 seconds).
  • Newman holds the record for most poles at the 1.058-mile flat track with four (9/02, 9/03, 7/04 and  7/06).
  • In all of his Cup Series races at New Hampshire, Newman has finished outside of the top-12 only twice. His average starting position at the track is 6.2 and his average finishing position is 11.1.
  • Starting July 1st, race fans can participate in the Alltel Racing online charity auction by visiting www.alltelracing.com to bid on authentic racing items autographed by Newman and other members of the No. 12 Team. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Ryan Newman Foundation. Items up for auction include a pair of race-worn gloves, a door panel from the No. 12 Alltel Dodge and a crew shirt signed by Newman and several members of the team. Other items will be added as the auction continues.

RACING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: "New Hampshire has always been a good track for us. They have done some great improvements there over the years. They have done a lot of things safety-wise and competitiveness-wise to make it better. So, I really do look forward to it.

"It's a fun race track. It has long straightaways and hairpin corners. You really have to drive it into the corner and focus on rolling through the center. It's one of the most symmetrical tracks we go to in that turns one and two are very similar to turns three and four. It's really important to focus on the exit of the corners. The toughest part is track position - if you get behind, it is hard to make it up. Because track position is so important, hopefully we'll be able to continue our record of solid qualifying efforts at New Hampshire this weekend.

"I got my first NASCAR Cup win at New Hampshire, so it is always going to be a special track for me. We had a good run last week in Sonoma, and we need keep that streak going this weekend."

THE SEASON SO FAR: "We needed a good run at Sonoma, and finishing seventh was a good start for us. We have had a couple of tough breaks, but our goal continues to be to make it into this year's Chase. To make the Chase, we know that we need to score top-fives and top 10s. This is a team that has the ability and the desire to be competitive and win each and every week.

"We're going to New Hampshire this weekend, which has been a good track for Ryan and this team. It's the track where he got his first win, and the team had two top-10s in COT races there last year. Ryan has a strong  history of qualifying and running well there. Our goal is to give him a car to continue his solid runs."

PRS-570: The No. 12 Alltel Dodge that Newman will pilot at New Hampshire is the same car that he raced in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. Newman finished 21st in that event.

PRS-561: The backup No. 12 Alltel Dodge this weekend is the car that Newman drove at Richmond International Raceway in May. Newman started 10th and finished sixth in that race. It was also the backup at Michigan in June.

6/28: Ryan Newman will sign autographs at the No. 12 souvenir hauler at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. EDT. Visit the souvenir trailer at Loudon for ticket information.

7/4: The champion of the 50th Running of the Daytona 500 will be inducted into the Daytona 500 Experience Walk of Fame at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The ceremony will include a Q&A with fans at the Daytona 500 Experience and then the addition of  Newman's hand and footprints into the Walk of Fame.

7/4: Newman will sign autographs at the No. 12 souvenir trailer at Daytona International Speedway at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

2008 STATS:
STARTS:                       16
WINS:                          1
POLES:                        1
TOP FIVES:                  2
TOP 10s:                      6
CURRENT POINTS:       16th

STARTS:                       240
WINS:                           13
POLES:                        43
TOP FIVES:                  63
TOP 10s:                      104

Every two weeks, fans can tune into Alltel Racing podcasts on www.alltelracing.com. The podcasts give fans the opportunity to hear No. 12 Alltel Racing driver Ryan Newman's thoughts on a variety of subjects from racing to fishing to Alltel's latest commercials. Fans can call 1-800-279-5612 to record a personalized question for Newman or you can email questions to Newman at ryannewmanmailbag@gmail.com. By listening to the podcasts, fans also have the opportunity to win special Alltel Racing prizes.

This week's installment of the podcast features Alltel Dodge driver Ryan Newman and his father, Greg Newman. Greg also serves as Ryan's spotter. On the podcast, the Newmans discuss their relationship as father/son and spotter/driver, as well as that unforgettable Daytona 500 win. To listen to this podcast and past podcasts, visit