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Ryan Newman (31) turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway.
While the Sprint Cup championship is on the line Sunday, no matter the outcome for Ryan Newman, 2014 will produce the driver’s best points finish.
In a career spanning 13 full-time seasons, Newman has finished a career-best sixth in final points twice, posting 17 career wins. Newman last finished inside the top-ten in points in 2011.
Newman enters the final race of the season as the lone winless driver among the four championship contenders. Newman has scored five top-ten finishes during the 2014 Chase, posting a worst finish of 18th at Loudon.
“We've gone into every race with the intention of winning it and leading the most laps and winning the pole and everything else that goes along with it,” Newman said Wednesday during the Championship 4 media day. “We just haven't been as successful as some of these other guys. But our consistency has been there, so we just have to be there at the end.”
In 12 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Newman has finished inside the top-ten four times with a best finish of third in 2012. And with an average starting position of 12th, Newman has led 143 laps at the track.
If Newman can deliver the championship for Richard Childress Racing on Sunday, the title would mark the team’s seventh title, and first since 1994.
“Obviously, it would be awesome for myself personally, for my family, and all my friends, but at the same time to know that I'm driving for somebody that has a lot of history in our sport, that history being with a very dominant driver 20 years ago, previously winning the championship with Dale Earnhardt, so that is special,” Newman said of the possibility of winning the championship for car owner Richard Childress.
“But, unselfishly, I'm all about me when it comes to this. It really is a dream opportunity for all of us. For myself, for Luke Lambert, who's never even been to victory lane in the Cup Series, for Richard, for everybody with Caterpillar and all our sponsors. It's my steering wheel. That's what my goal is.”