Found February 27, 2013 on Speedway Digest - Home for NASCAR News:
PLAYERS: Ryan Newman
Not since 2008, when Ryan Newman won the 50th running of the Daytona 500, has the South Bend, Ind., native started out a season so strong. Newman, who led the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent by taking the checkered flag in the fifth position in last Sunday’s Great American Race, has certainly experienced both the highs and lows of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In his four Daytona 500 start since hoisting the Harley J. Earl trophy in victory lane, Newman has finishes of 36th, 34th, 22nd and 21st, respectively. That trend came to an end this past Sunday, and Newman enters the Fresh Fit 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway fifth in the championship standings, just seven points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Only twice in his 12 full seasons of Sprint Cup competition has Newman started out stronger – in 2006, when he finished third in the season-opening event, and in 2008. For Newman and the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS team...
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