Statesville, NC — Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend hoping to claim his third Whelen Modified Series victory of the season in the New Hampshire 100 race on Saturday.
Newman’s previous visit to the 1.058-mile oval led to an on-track battle with series veteran, Ted Christopher, leaving Christopher with the runner-up spot, just 0.125-seconds behind Newman at the checkered flag.
“Whenever I get the chance to run the modified car, I jump at it,” said Newman. “The race here in June showed why it’s such a fun time. For Teddy (Christopher) and I to battle it out like we did for just about 100 laps was fun and nerve-racking at the same time. It had to be a great show for the fans watching, because it was pretty exciting from inside the car. We fought it out to the very end, and it was a great finish.”
Newman, who started from the pole in June, returns this weekend will once again be in the No. 7NY Modified sponsored by Aggressive Hydraulics and Menards. His car will also carry an in-car camera for the race, which will air live on SPEED beginning at 1pm EST.
“I’m expecting to have a good race, and along with that, I would like to get the win,” said Newman. “New Hampshire is a great track to race at and so much fun in a modified car, because they are running so fast on the straightaways.
If we unload Thursday and have the car close to what we had in June, then I believe I will give the regulars a run for their money come race time. Personally, I expect to win the pole and the race, but there’s a lot of factors in between that can take that away. If I get the chance to start at the front and stay there, then I feel like Bono (Manion) and the guys will do what they need to as far as tuning to keep me in contention at the end. It should be a good race to watch from the stands or at home on TV.”
Prior to Newman’s New England trip, he and fellow Sprint Cup regular Martin Truex, Jr. made a trip to New Mexico. It was there the two met up with and hunted elk with Bill Jordon. Newman proved he was just as good a hunter as he is driver when he shot a monster elk his first day there.
“Our New Mexico trip was fun and relaxing,” Newman said. “I know there was a lot of talk whether I’d get one or not before we left, so I was glad I saw a dandy my first day. You never want shoot at the first thing you see, but this guy was too big to let walk. We’ve gotten some good footage and it will be aired on Driven to Hunt in the upcoming months.
Now it’s back to reality, and I’ve got some good photos to show the guys at the track this weekend.”
For more information on Ryan Newman and the Ryan Newman Foundation, visit www.ryannewman.org or www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.
About the Ryan Newman Foundation
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie, established the Ryan Newman Foundation in January 2005. The mission of the foundation is to educate and encourage people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters; to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation so the beauty of the great outdoors can be appreciated by future generations; and to provide college scholarship funding through the Rich Vogler Scholarship program to students interested in auto racing careers. The Ryan Newman Foundation is proud to be part of the NASCAR Foundation’s family of charities.