Ryan Newman – Phoenix Advance

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ADVANCE NOTES

Newman at Phoenix Raceway

·         Newman makes his 37th Cup start at Phoenix this weekend, the site of his most recent NCS win four seasons ago. Overall, he has 12 top-10s, 10 top fives and an average finish of 16.9. He also won the 2010 spring race at the 1-mile track.

·         His 2017 win came after starting 22nd, and in 2010 he won from the 14th starting spot. Additionally, he has a pair of runner-up results (2004, 2010) and two third-place finishes (2003, 2015).

·         Most recently, Newman finished 24th last fall after missing the spring race following his Daytona incident.

·         Newman has four Cup poles at Phoenix and an average starting position of 14.3. His most recent pole came in 2008.

·         He also made a pair of Xfinity starts at Phoenix with a best finish of fourth in 2011.

Scott Graves at Phoenix Raceway

·         Graves will be atop the box for his ninth Cup event at Phoenix on Sunday, a track he has an average finish of 16.4 at with one top-10. Most recently, he and Newman finished 24th last fall.

·         Graves’ best result came in 2018 in the spring, when he ran fourth with Daniel Suarez. He and Newman also ran 12th in the 2019 spring race.

·         Graves also called seven Xfinity events at Phoenix with a pair of top fives. He led Suarez to a third-place run in 2016, and followed that with a fifth-place finish last fall.

QUOTE WORTHY
Newman on racing at Phoenix:
“Phoenix races much like a short track in the way it’s laid out and the way you have to treat it. We’ve been on both ends of the spectrum there lately, but looking to get our Guaranteed Rate Ford dialed in come Sunday. It will always be a special place for me and is the site of my last victory, so we’re hoping for some of that good luck on our side this weekend.”

Last Time Out
Newman finished 18th a week ago at Las Vegas in a race that featured just three unscheduled cautions.

Where They Rank
Ryan Newman is 21st in the driver standings through four races.

On the Car
Guaranteed Rate returns to Newman’s Ford Mustang for its first points race of 2021. The brand was on board Newman’s machine for 12 races last season, and is back as an anchor partner again in Newman’s 20th full-time Cup season.

About Guaranteed Rate
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