No. 16 Ryan Newman
After scoring ten top-ten finishes in the season’s first 26 events, including two top-five efforts, Ryan Newman became one of three drivers to without a win to qualify for the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Newman earned his sixth career Chase berth Saturday at Richmond, posting a ninth place run at the short track.
The first-year Richard Childress Racing driver led 24 laps in the regular season, an all-time low among drivers who have made the Chase through 26 races.
Newman’s streak of winning at least one race per season is also in jeopardy. The driver has scored a victory in NASCAR’s premiere series at since 2010.
Yet, Newman has arguably become the powerhouse driver at RCR this season, becoming the only driver from that stable to make the Chase this year. Newman also helped the No. 31 car earn its first Chase berth since 2010.
“We’ve shown a lot of consistency, and I think that can pay off at times,” said Newman, who has scored two consecutive top-ten efforts.
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Ryan Newman practices for the Daytona 500. Newman has an average finish of 14.1 through the season's first 26 races.
Newman also believes his crew on pit road, along with the power under the hood will help his team perform in the Chase.
“The guys have done a lot better job with having better pit stops, ECR’s done a much better job on the engine side, everybody’s stepped up,” he said.