Round 9 of 36 - Capital City 400 - Richmond Car No.: 39 - U.S. Army Reserve Chevrolet


Teammate: Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing

Primary Team Members:

Driver: Ryan Newman                                             Hometown: South Bend, Ind.
Crew Chief: Tony Gibson                                        Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Car Chief: Kevin Pennell                                        Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.
Engine Builder: Hendrick Motorsports                Headquarters: Concord, N.C.
Engine Specialist: Alan Morgan                           Hometown: Aberdeen, N.C.   
Spotter: Jimmy Kitchens                                        Hometown: Hueytown, Ala.
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Gas Man: Andy Rueger                                               Hometown: Seymour, Ind.   
Front Tire Changer: Scott Brzozowoski                    Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.
Second Gas Man: Mike Moore                                   Hometown: Springfield, Mass.
Front Tire Carrier: Brad Robison                               Hometown: Groton, N.Y.
Windshield: Jay Guarneri                                            Hometown: Naples, Fla.   
Rear Tire Changer: Jonathan Sherman                  Hometown: Monroe, La.
Jackman: Andrew Turner                                           Hometown: Coloma, Mich.   
Rear Tire Carrier: James Houk                                Hometown: Fair Play, Mo.

Road Crew Members:

Truck Drivers: Rick Hodges and Todd Cable                Hometowns: Raleigh, N.C., and Shelby, N.C., respectively
Tire Specialist: Jeff Zarrella                                              Hometown: Southington, Conn.
Shock Specialist: Brian Holshouser                               Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Engineers: Johnny Klausmeier and Wes Gantt            Hometowns: Perry Hall, Md., and Taylorsville, N.C., respectively
Mechanic: Shawn Warren                                                  Hometown: Concord, N.C.   
Pit Support: Adam Davis                                                   Hometown: Walnut Cove, N.C.

Chassis No. 39-719:
Chassis No. 39-719 will turn its first laps on a racetrack with practice on Friday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The new chassis for Newman has been to the wind tunnel in recent weeks and will make its first start this weekend.

Richmond Notes of Interest:

•    The Capital City 400 will mark Newman’s 377th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 21st career Sprint Cup start at Richmond. Newman has one win (2003), one pole, five top-five finishes and 12 top-10s in 20 starts at Richmond.

•    After eight races this season, Newman is 10th in the driver standings, 63 points behind series leader Greg Biffle. In addition to his victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway four weekends ago, Newman has two top-five finishes and three top-10s.
•    Newman has career totals of 16 wins, 49 poles, 83 top-five finishes and 155 top-10s in 376 Sprint Cup starts. His most recent win at Martinsville three races ago ended a winless streak of 23 races dating back to the historic July 2011 win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where Newman and his teammate Tony Stewart started 1-2 and finished 1-2, respectively.

•    Newman’s only win at Richmond came in September 2003. In that race, Newman started fourth and led 125 laps en route to victory. Newman won a series-high eight races that season.

•    While Newman only has one win at Richmond, he has two runner-up finishes at the Virginia short track. Both came in his rookie season in 2002.

•    The South Bend, Ind., native has just one pole at Richmond. His pole-run at the .75-mile track came at the September 2004 race. Newman has 49 Sprint Cup poles, tying him for ninth on the all-time career pole list with Bobby Isaac. Newman is second among active full-time Sprint Cup drivers behind Jeff Gordon (70). Newman’s last pole came 17 races ago at New Hampshire. 

•    In five starts in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Richmond, Newman has two top-five finishes and three top-10s.

•    Newman has competed in one International Race of Champions event at the .75-mile oval. He started 11th and finished second in the 2004 all-star race.

•    Strong Runs at Richmond for No. 39: Since joining the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing team, Newman & Company has logged some strong runs and solid performances at the .75-mile oval. In six races at Richmond, the team has earned four top-10 finishes – the other two races were 11th-place and 20th-place efforts.

•    Loop data shows how strong Newman has been at Richmond. In points-paying races over the past seven years, Newman’s average running position at the .75-mile oval is 11.037, which ranks fifth. Newman also ranks third in laps run in the top-15 as he has run 4,532 of 5,610 laps (80.8 percent) in the top-15. Newman’s overall driver rating is seventh.

•    Short-Track Success: In addition to scoring one win already this season at Martinsville – the other Virginia short track – Newman and his No. 39 team have a history of impressive runs at the short tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. In fact, the No. 39 has enjoyed the majority of its success on the short tracks. In 27 combined starts at the four short tracks on the Cup circuit – Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martinsville, Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond – Newman has earned two poles (Bristol and Martinsville), two wins (Phoenix and Martinsville), seven top-five finishes and 18 top-10s.

•    This weekend, Newman will pilot the No. 39 U.S. Army Reserve Chevy. As an enduring operational force, the U.S. Army Reserve is the premier force provider of America’s Citizen-Soldiers for planned and emerging missions at home and abroad. Enhanced by civilian skills that serve as a force multiplier, the Army Reserve delivers vital military capabilities essential to the Total Force.

Ryan Newman’s Richmond International Raceway Performance Profile:
Year    Event    Start    Finish    Status/Laps    Laps Led    Earnings
2011    Crown Royal 400    13    20    Running, 398/400    0    $112,350
    Wonderful Pistachios 400    18    8    Running, 400/400    0    $121,400
2010    Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400    5    8    Running, 400/400    4    $121,129
    Air Guard 400    23    11    Running, 400/400    0    $111,729
2009    Crown Royal Russ Friedman 400    10    4    Running, 400/400    45    $142,829
    Chevy Rock & Roll 400    21    10    Running, 400/400    0    $112,654
2008    ×Crown Royal Dan Lowry 400    10    6    Running, 410/410    0    $137,975
    † Chevy Rock & Roll 400    16    33    Running, 399/400    0    $109,075
2007    Crown Royal 400    30    6    Running, 400/400    1    $123,950
    Chevy Rock & Roll 400    4    11    Running, 400/400    33    $108,675
2006    Crown Royal 400    14    8    Running, 400/400    0    $120,658
    Chevy Rock & Roll 400    23    20    Running, 399/400    0    $111,733
2005    Chevy American Revolution 400    2    3    Running, 400/400    0    $162,316
    Chevy Rock & Roll 400    8    12    Running, 400/400    0    $113,441
2004    Chevy American Revolution 400    2    9    Running, 400/400    9    $108,642
    Chevy Rock & Roll 400    1    20    Running, 399/400    3    $110,572
2003    *Pontiac Excitement 400    5    39    Running, 277/393    24    $76,185
    Chevy Rock & Roll 400    4    1    Running, 400/400    125    $160,970
2002    Pontiac Excitement 400    11    2    Running, 400/400    48    $121,950
    Team Monte Carlo 400    2    2    Running, 400/400    145    $127,340
× Race length extended due to green-white-checkered finish.                             
† Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points.
* Race cut short due to weather.

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