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Ryan Newman Ready for Some Atlanta ‘Fun’ with New Downforce Package at Atlanta

Ryan Newman Ready for Some Atlanta ‘Fun’ with New Downforce Package at Atlanta


Ryan Newman Ready for Some Atlanta ‘Fun’ with New Downforce Package at Atlanta

By Kent Whitaker

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves from the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, and the Daytona 500, to the aging track surface of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman finished Daytona a couple of laps down after starting fourteenth. When race winner Kurt Busch captured the checkered flag Newman, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS was logged in the 21 finishing position.

Now Newman will take his Ford to Georgia and Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor 500 which is the second race on the MENCS schedule. Newman says that AMS is one of the his favorite places to race and he thinks the new 2017 NASCAAR mandated car changes would force drivers to have some “courage” when it comes to qualifying.

“Atlanta is still one of my favorite racetracks as a driver especially in qualifying,” Newman stated about racing at Atlanta. “You need to have courage in qualifying because you really have to hold it on edge. You have to just carry a lot of corner speed and hit your marks. It’s kind of going to be the last hoorah for Atlanta before the repave. We can go out there and challenge the track. It seems like the harder you push it, the more rewarding it is when you have a car that is working right.”

Newman by the Numbers at Atlanta

According to RCR racing, Ryan Newman will make his 549th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the second event of the 2017 season. That’s one start short of a milestone 550 start mark. During that span he has logged 24 Cup Series events at AMS while capturing seven pole awards, including sweeping six-straight poles from 2003 to 2005.

Newman has run toward the front and led plenty of laps at Atlanta including t two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He’s led a total of 175 laps at the speedway. Despite leading laps and capturing poles at Atlanta the driver has only captured the checkered flag at the track in the 2008 Camping World Truck Series. His best finishes in Atlanta are fifth place which came in 2004 and 2013. Newman is still searching for his first Checkerd at Atlanta but he’s ready to try to get as much speed out of his car as possible.

“The biggest problem to figure out at Atlanta is one, getting the raw speed out of the car and number two, is just getting it to hang on. You can have a fast car, but it could fall off quickly if you don’t change your tires.”

Sometimes fans and reporters can over-analyze races and information. A simple response from a driver about a race can remind us all why many people decide to get behind the wheel in this sport. Even though he’s not won at the 1.5 mile track Newman is still excited to be heading there for the second race of the season and he put everything in perspective with his statement about racing at Atlanta Motorspeedway.

“It is a blast to drive,” Newman stated. “Hopefully, we all have a lot of fun!”

“Kent Whitaker, often called ‘the Deck Chef’ is a sportswriter, culinary writer, and cookbook author with fourteen titles. He covers NASCAR, racing in general, Football, barbecue, grilling, and tailgating. You can visit him on www.thedeckchef.com.”

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