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2014 Sonoma: Ryan Newman NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 18, 2014 - 06:18 AM
2014 Sonoma: Ryan Newman NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Sonoma Raceway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 471 on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Chassis No. 471 is brand new and will take to the track during Friday's two scheduled practice sessions.


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Newman at Sonoma ... In 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course, Newman owns two top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has led 11 laps and completed all 1,327 laps of competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 13th. In the last six races at the road course, the RCR driver ranks fifth in most points earned.

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Team Test ... This week,the No. 31 team participated in the Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday.

Point of Interest ... Newman ranks 11th in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, just six markers out of 10th and trailing the current leader by 97 points entering the 16th event on the schedule, the Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman overcame a disappointing qualifying effort of 30th and a throttle problem to finish 15th.

What are your thoughts on road-course racing at Sonoma?
"Sonoma presents a different kind of challenge for us because track position is so very important. You get a very limited number of opportunities to make your car better, as well as make up track position. If you have one bad pit stop, it pretty much takes you out of the hunt. You have to have a really good race car. Sonoma presents a different kind of racing not just because it's road-course racing, but the number of pit stops we make."

What is the key to Sonoma?
"It's pretty simple, you have to keep it on the race track. You have to have a fast car. You have to do everything right like you have to do at every track, but you have about 13 different opportunities through the course of one lap to get off the track. There is no guidance or wall so-to-speak to keep you on the track, so hanging a tire in the gravel can really ruin your day."

What is the hardest part to you about road-racing?
"It's a combination of being aggressive and having that finesse to keep the car going with so many turns to keep it going straight, because that's how you get back to the start/finish line."

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