Crunching The Numbers: Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman – #31 Richard Childress Racing Caterpillar Chevrolet

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Standings: 11th
Points: 1,102
Bonus Points: 5

  • 2.78% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 36
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
DNFs: 1
Top 5s: 5
Top 10s: 15
Top 15s: 25

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Best Finish: 3rd – 2 Times

  • Race 3: Kobalt Tools 400 – Last Vegas
  • Race 4: Campingworld.com 400 – Phoenix

Best Start: 2nd (Race 6: STP 500 – Martinsville)

Average Finish: 13.53 (9th best)

Average Start: 15.25 (15th best)

 

Laps Run: 10,374 (Best)

  • 99.51% of total possible season laps

Miles Driven: 13,715 (Best)

  • 99.22% of total possible miles

Laps Led: 20 (20th most)

  • 0.19% of total possible season laps
Ryan Newman's Finishes

Ryan Newman’s Finishes

Newman 2Ryan Newman is one of the most consistent drivers in the garage, and that is evident with his great finishes and making the Chase, virtually quite easily, without having won a race during the regular season. While his Daytona 500 got off to a rocky start, Newman quickly rebounded and was able to string together a dozen great finishes before hitting a bump in the road at Pocono, where he had his only DNF of the season. Just like after the Daytona 500, Newman rebounded with more great finishes after the DNF at Pocono and put together another great Chase earning performance with a regular season average of 13.85. The Challenger Round seemed easy for Newman, posting an average finish of 11 during the three races, and rather easily, moving onto the Contender Round. In the Contender Round, drivers were either on their A+ game or had some holes to dig themselves out of; Newman was a driver on his A+ game. He averaged a finish of 12.67, but due to such a competitive group, that was just not enough for Newman to move onto the Eliminator Round, thus ending his Championship hopes. For the Chase, Newman had a very respectable average finish of 12.5. While he did not finish as high in the standings as he did last year, when he was almost the champion, he had another great season, especially on the intermediate tracks.

Ryan Newman, center, hugs Danica Patrick, left, as they talk to Clint Bowyer prior to qualifying for Saturday's Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Being able to put together solid finishes on the intermediate tracks is key to success in NASCAR as the bulk of the season is just that. Having the 9th best intermediate performance this season is what propelled Newman to a great season, anchored by solid road course finishes and short track finishes. If one wants to be a contender for the Chase and the championship, he must be able to perform well on the tracks that make up the Chase; and those tracks are mostly Intermediate and Short Tracks.

Ryan Newman's Finishes By Track Type

Ryan Newman’s Finishes By Track Type

 

Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 14 11.64 13.43 0 2 6 11 0
Restrictor Plate 4 16.25 18.75 0 0 2 3 0
Road Course 2 12.00 18.00 0 0 1 2 0
Short Track 10 13.10 13.10 0 2 4 6 0
Super Speedway 6 17.33 19.83 0 1 2 3 1

 

Yet another successful year for the man known as Rocket Man. Maybe next year we will see more of Rocket Man and he can grab some poles and victories and be more than just consistent. Here’s to you, Ryan Newman, on a great season and more great things to come in 2016!

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