Southern 500 Win Would be Career Milestone for Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman

DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 3, 2010) – Ryan Newman has a reputation of being one of the fastest and most fearless drivers on the NASCAR circuit. Newman, the 2008 Daytona 500 champion, was today’s guest on the NASCAR teleconference and listed the Southern 500 as a race victory he would like to put on his resume.

Here are some excerpts from today’s teleconference:

Q: You're a Daytona 500 winner, so what is the next huge goal for your career?

RYAN NEWMAN: Championship is the ultimate. If you're looking at a race win, the Brickyard would be really special to me. I'd say one step even more special would be the Southern 500. That to me has a lot of history and a lot of meaning behind it. That race itself would be the biggest race along with maybe the Coca-Cola 600 that I would like to win. But the championship is the ultimate goal.

 Q: Looking ahead a little bit to Darlington, what are the characteristics of that track that give drivers such headaches?

RYAN NEWMAN: It's the only racetrack that we go to in the entire - including road courses - where you accelerate into the turn. You let off on the straightaway going into turn one, then you accelerate up the hill. It's unique all to its own at Darlington to have that characteristic.

 You know, that stands out. You know, it used to be very unique. It was in a small group with Rockingham, when we had Rockingham, because the asphalt was similar, the tire was exact. You had to race the racetrack. I think it's changed a little bit. You have to race the racetrack at Darlington still only because it's so narrow, not necessarily because the grip changes so much.

Used to be easy when you came out behind somebody that came out on fresh tires to try to chase or run them down or at least keep up with them and crash your car. I don't think you have that anymore because of the tire and the asphalt combination we have there.

 Q: The words and phrases that perhaps invoke fear in drivers, particularly young drivers, where do you think the term 'Darlington stripe' falls as far as that category goes?

RYAN NEWMAN: Nowhere for me personally. It's a tough one to answer. I think some people and drivers are entirely intimidated going to that racetrack. Some drivers absolutely hate it. But it's one of my favorites if not my favorite. I always said it was my favorite when it was the old asphalt. I don't even consider it, to answer your question.

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Darlington Raceway or the track “Too Tough to Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars return to battle the track “Too Tough to Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Darlington 200. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a stop at Darlington for the first time since the 2004 season.

Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series will visit the track on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8, for the Southern 500® and Darlington 200. The Camping World Truck Series will make its return to Darlington Raceway for first time since 2004 on August 14 for the Too Tough to Tame 200. Tickets for all three events are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at

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