Ryan Newman – Dover II Advance
Newman at Dover International Speedway
- Newman will make his 36th Cup start at Dover on Sunday. In 35 prior events, Newman has an average finish of 14.4 with 14 top-10 and seven top-five finishes.
- Newman has won three times at the 1-mile track, tied for the most wins of any track on the circuit (Loudon). All three came within his first three years on the Cup circuit. He swept the 2003 events after qualifying on the pole in the spring race and leading 162 laps. He followed that with another dominating performance, leading 106 laps in the fall.
- He came back to win the 2004 fall race after starting second, a race in which he led 325 of the 400 laps. He also finished top five on four other occasions – fourth in 2002 (spring), fifth in 2005 (fall), second in 2007 (spring) and fourth in 2017 (spring).
- Overall Newman has an average starting spot of 10.9 at Dover, including 19 starts inside the top-10 and four poles (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007).
- Newman also has six Xfinity Series starts at Dover with one win (2005), two poles (2001, 2005), and three top-10 finishes overall.
Scott Graves at Dover International Speedway
- Graves will call his ninth MENCS event at Dover on Sunday. In eight previous races atop the pit box, Graves has four top-10s – all with Daniel Suarez – with finishes of sixth, eighth, third, and 10th.
- Graves also has also called six races in the Xfinity Series at Dover, winning twice, most recently three years ago with Suarez in the fall. He also won with Chris Buescher in 2015 after starting second. Overall Graves has five top-10s and three top-fives in NXS action at the 1-mile track.
Last Time at Dover
In a Monday event back in May, Newman finished 18th after a track position race that was postponed after rain pushed the race back from Sunday afternoon.
Newman on racing at Dover:
“We’ve proven the last few weeks that we’ve improved in tracks we go to for a second time, so we’re hopeful that is the case this week. Dover is one of my favorite tracks and it is so unique in managing the corners throughout the day. We’re no longer in the Championship hunt, but we’ve still got seven weeks to prove we belong and it starts this weekend.”
On the Car
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Recapping the Roval
Newman’s playoff continuation came up just short Sunday at the ROVAL after being caught up in a few unfortunate events on track. He was within one point of advancing with two laps to go and finished just short, officially logging a 32nd-place finish.
Driven for a Cause
Throughout the month of October, Roush Fenway Racing will show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by running special pink numbers on its Ford Mustangs, starting this weekend at Dover. In addition, Roush Fenway Fords will sport pink ‘Driven for a Cause’ ribbon decals on the C-Post all month long.