Looking at Ryan Newman’s stats at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, it’s fairly easy to see why the driver of the No. 39 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is looking forward to Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
In 22 Sprint Cup starts at the .75-mile oval, Newman has a pole, a win, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, and has led 450 laps. Richmond has been a stout venue for Newman, who recorded consecutive second-place finishes in his first two starts at “The Action Track.” His average finishing position of 11.6 makes Richmond best among all tracks for the 16-time race winner.
For Newman, Richmond couldn’t come soon enough. Needing a breakout performance to quiet skeptics who have written off the SHR teams as contenders in 2013, there’s no better place to prove them wrong.
While the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field is far from being set, if Newman is to be included in the group come September, wins and strong finishes...