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Last year Ryan Newman finished 14th in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Is Newman a quiet guy? Being the avid NASCAR fan that I am, I have never really been able to read Ryan Newman. It is essential to get a read on a guy in the daily fantasy racing world. If you are going to put your hard-earned money on the line, you have to know if a guy will perform or not. Newman drives the #39 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy. At the age of 35, Newman was named a Rookie of the Year and has 16 total wins, so the potential is there. He didn’t have a great season last year but should be able to build off of past successes to put together a good year.
Overall Points: Newman finished with 1051 points and only two places out of the Chase. He should be motivated to better this during the year and should have a chance at making the 2013 Chase.
Wins: Newman found the winner’s circle one time last year. At Martinsville Speedway, Newman found the finish line through a barrage of cars to take down a victory.
Top-10 Finishes: This stat is what makes Newman so appealing to me for 2013. The guy had 20 top-ten finishes. For the daily fantasy racing player, this means “money.” I want guys that will make the top ten consistently and Newman has showed he has that potential every year.
Laps Led: Even with a victory in 2012, Newman didn’t lead a lot of laps with only 39 laps on the year. If you are playing on a site that bases points on laps led, you definitely want to check this stat for all of your driver selections.
Pole Position: Newman failed to post a pole last year. This is a worrisome stat because Newman posted 11 in 2003 but has dwindled to zero poles this past year.
Team Strength: Stewart Haas Racing is new on the scene but has 16 victories since 2009. This is mainly because of the driving of Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart (part owner). The team has great potential and should have another great year during 2013.
Newman has found success in the past. I don’t know if I am sold on him having a top-10 year this year, and a lot will rely on the money Stewart Haas Racing puts into the car. If I were Newman, I would be consistently worried that “Smoke” Tony Stewart was getting the best of the best and that I was getting shafted. I hope that isn’t how it is working, but the team owner/driver probably has a better chance of getting the best. Newman’s talent will help him find the winner’s circle again this year, but I think he probably finishes at the same spot.