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Yeah Scott gave him credit for being the leader during his interview. I noticed Ryan seemed to be pretty happy while talking to Gordon and Menard after qualifying. He looks to be happy with RCR.

I can see Ryan as the #1 driver at RCR for a few years. He sure is the most well rounded.
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Ryan seems to be doing ok so far...
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Embedded reporter in the 31

Editor's note: This weekend, FOXSports.com Digital Content Manager Tom Jensen will be embedded with Ryan Newman and the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet SS. Check back here for updates throughout the weekend.

FRIDAY, 12:37 p.m. – The first of two sessions of practice for the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway was uneventful for Ryan Newman and the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet team. And uneventful was fine with crew chief Luke Lambert, who is working well in his first season teamed with Newman.

“It went fairly smooth – no big surprises with the tires or anything,” said Lambert. “We pretty much just had to keep up with the track a little bit. Like it is and has been in recent history, the track’s picking up a lot of speed as the session starts and the cars put down a lot of rubber. So we just had to follow the track and see where we were at there. We had to adjust the balance from the start of practice, snug the car up a little bit. By the end, we had gotten the edginess out of our setup and the car was driving decent, but the track tightened itself up a little bit, so we had to react to that.”

Lambert has a plan the team follows to make sure they don’t veer too much from what they know works well in terms of handling and pure speed.

“We try to just keep it simple and repeat conditions that are going to line up with the way we’re going to race as far as how we use the tires,” said Lambert. “And then we just rely really heavily on Ryan’s feedback and his feel for the car. Ultimately, we want to make sure we’re where we want to be on the speed charts, relative to the cars that we know are on even cycles relative to the tires.”

Lambert said the entire 90-minute practice was run in race trim, as will take place in the first part of Happy Hour. Then, the team will switch to qualifying trim, which should take about half of the 50-minute session. “Being condensed like that, we don’t have a whole lot of time by the time we use 25 minutes to switch over,” said Lambert. “We’ll have to be kind of quick on our race trim stuff.”

FRIDAY, 10:15 a.m - With the first of two practice rounds for the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway just 45 minutes away, Ryan Newman is getting prepared to head out onto the track in the No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet for the first time this weekend.

Today is a busy day, with the first round of NASCAR Sprint Cup practice from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST, followed by Happy Hour from 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. and qualifying at 5:30 p.m. It's a compressed schedule because this weekend's event takes place in two days, rather than the normal three days at past Kansas races. And for Newman, there are a couple of new wrinkles, given that this is the first night race at the 1.5-mile track.

"The schedule here is different from what we're typically used to, but we've got experience this year at Richmond and Darlington with this schedule," said Newman, who comes into Saturday night's race ninth in points, best of the three RCR drivers. "And we've made a couple of mistakes in those practice sessions that we will learn from and adjust for today."

Still, there is a specific agenda in place.

"Overall, it's just getting a good feel for the car, and answering a lot of questions about the tire," said Newman. "Speed, obviously, is very important, but comfort at that speed is probably equally as important. You've got to make it so the car drives good, but it races good around other cars. There will be some times today where we'll work on clean air stuff, but we'll try to work in some dirty air stuff, too, just so we have an understanding of every aspect of what we will be dealing with tomorrow night."'

Newman's big concern this weekend is tires, specifically the fact there is a new combination of left- and right-side Goodyear Eagle racing tires this weekend.

"We're anticipating that tires here are going to get better as they're cycled through, versus so many other race tracks where they get worse," said Newman. "Because this tire is entirely untested and unproven, we won't know exactly how that's going to lay out until we go out there. For all we know, what we think the tire is going to do, could be exactly the opposite."

The plan for today is to focus on race trim in the opening practice and then spend some time working on qualifying setups during Happy Hour.

"If race trim goes well, hopefully the second practice will be in qualifying trim," said Newman. "Some of that will be in qualifying as a one-lap run, and some of that will be on re-fires, like we do our knockout qualifying procedures. It all depends on how good the race car is in these first few runs here in this first practice to know how we're going to approach the second practice. "
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Second report about Ryan for Saturday Night's race

When Kansas Speedway first began hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Ryan Newman showed early dominance, finishing second in the first two races here in 2001 and '02 and then winning in '03.
Lately, though, the 1.5-mile track has proven to be a tough nut to crack for the Purdue University engineering graduate, who in the last 14 races at the 1.5-mile speedway has just a single top-10 finish, a ninth-place run here in 2010, the last season when the track had just one Cup race date.
A lot's happened since then.

In February 2012, the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway opened outside of Turn 2. Later that year, the track was reconfigured, with variable banking of up to 20 degrees in the corners, and a new infield road course added to accommodate sports car racing.

And this year, Newman is with a new team -- or at least new one for him -- Richard Childress Racing, with a new-to-him crew chief in Luke Lambert. He'll also have new colors this weekend with first-time sponsor Kwikset.

Saturday night's 5-Hour Energy 400 will be the first time the Sprint Cup teams run under the lights at Kansas. Also, Goodyear will bring a new tire combination, the same left-€“side rubber the teams ran here last October, combined with a new single-zone right-side tire that should alleviate some of the issues teams had with the multi-zone right sides last fall.

All the new elements ought to give Newman an excellent opportunity to build on what so far has been a good first season at RCR. Coming into Saturday night's race, Newman in ninth in the Sprint Cup points standings, with teammates Austin Dillon and Paul Menard 14th and 17th, respectively.
"Everyone enjoys racing under the lights," said Newman. "I certainly do, and I think we can return to Victory Lane there this weekend with the No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet."

That said, the new variables should make for an interesting weekend. "It's a different deal now because the track has been repaved and it is so much faster," said Newman. "I think it is going to be an amazing racetrack with progressive banking once it ages out to the point where we can use the entire track. "I really don't know what to expect this weekend after a winter's worth of weather beating up the racetrack a little bit," said Newman.

"I expect our Kwikset Chevrolet to be competitive. When we look at the RCR history at the track, especially scoring the pole and victory back in the fall race, I feel like the entire organization has the potential to bring home a win on Saturday night, and I think we have some added confidence when we pull through the gates this week."

Editor's note: FOXSports.com Digital Content Manager Tom Jensen will join the No. 31 Kwikset/RCR team this weekend and provide exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage from team meetings and practices, as well as from the team's pit box during the race.
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he is in 8th place 61 points back, which really isnt bad, but doesnt mean nothing in today's nascar......
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season.
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The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.


just thought I would throw that out there for All star weekend.
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Post Sun May 18, 2014 1:23 pm

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Just read on another board that Kasey Kahne said he and Newman wrecked in the All-Star race because the track was not cleaned properly. If that is true it is a real shame.
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that sucks, because Ryan was P8 & moving up when that happened. :cry:
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Schmoopy1000 wrote:Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season.
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The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.


just thought I would throw that out there for All star weekend.



Hey Schmoop! Watch where you're tossing debris on the board! It's still here, bouncing around and I almost tripped over it.

Men ... they never clean up .... >:-(


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smokieonefour wrote:
Schmoopy1000 wrote:Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season.
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The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.


just thought I would throw that out there for All star weekend.



Hey Schmoop! Watch where you're tossing debris on the board! It's still here, bouncing around and I almost tripped over it.

Men ... they never clean up .... >:-(


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Rachael J wrote:Image
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This is a great photo. The girls are enjoying whatever Tony is doing but the guy in the blue shirt with the head phones hasn't a clue.
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I LOVE that pic! :-) Those girls are so beautiful! The girls seem to share Ryan AND Krissies smile, morphed as one. That is awesome! :-)
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Post Tue May 20, 2014 3:29 pm

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From Ryans FB today -

Article link - http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2014/05/19/ryan-newman-krissie-newman-grow-family-with-rescue-ranch/9225529/

link has lots of good pix - ck it out!


Ryan, Krissie Newman give animals refuge at Rescue Ranch
Jeff Gluck, USA TODAY Sports 7:14 p.m. EDT May 19, 2014
NASCAR couple shares passion for sheltering goats, rabbits, birds, exotic reptiles and even a cow on 177-acre property north of Charlotte
5-19-2014



STATESVILLE, N.C. – Krissie Newman likes to shovel poop in her spare time.

OK, so maybe likes is a strong word. But Newman, the wife of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, does whatever is necessary to take care of animals and promote animal welfare education at the couple's Rescue Ranch facility 40 miles north of Charlotte.

Even if it means wading through animal dung while wearing black Prada sandals.

"I had crap up to my ankles one time, and I took a picture and texted it to Ryan," Krissie told USA TODAY Sports during a recent visit. "I said, 'How's this for the glamorous NASCAR life?' "

It's not uncommon for Krissie to feed the animals on race day morning, then hop a plane and go watch Ryan race. Expect a similar routine for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 – except Krissie can drive to the track instead of fly.

NASCAR is in the midst of a 10-day stretch of racing in the Charlotte area, which the vast majority of drivers and their families call home. Since the major race teams are located close by, the NASCAR community has collectively put down roots in Charlotte.

That includes the Newmans – Ryan, from Indiana and Krissie, from New Jersey – their two daughters Brooklyn, 3, and Ashlyn, 22 months, and animals they consider part of the family.

Since Rescue Ranch opened in October, the family has grown by the dozens. Goats, rabbits, birds, exotic reptiles and a cow roam the 177-acre property, all of them unwanted by their previous owners.

Rescue Ranch isn't just an animal shelter with a fancy name. It's an education center where local children can come for day camps or school field trips to play with the animals and learn how much goes into taking care of one.

But Krissie, who puts as much work into her hobby as someone would a full-time job, has a much grander vision. There's room on the property to build a veterinary clinic, a memorial garden for pets, a therapeutic horseback riding area for children, walking trails, picnic areas and more.

In some ways, the current education center building is just the beginning.

"The hardest part of anything you do big is building it so it can set sail," Ryan told USA TODAY Sports. "It's like building a boat: You can't get anywhere until you've got a complete ship.

"I think right now, she's kind of got a floating barge and she needs to figure out how to propel it and get from port to port so she can be successful."
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