August 15, 2017

Newman will make his 572nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series returns to the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" on the circuit. In 31 MENCS events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004 as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned two top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came on August 28, 2004. The South Bend, Indiana, native has an average start of 11.3 and average finish of 16.3. He's led a total of 121 laps in competition. In the XFINITY Series, he owns one pole (fall 2006) and a 2005 victory in the fall race.
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They call Bristol the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." Do you find it to be one of the most intimidating short tracks around?
"It's definitely one of the tracks I look forward to going to. It's special, but not the most intimidating? The most intimidating short track I've ever raced on is my home track, Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana. It was a half-mile, true 30 degrees of banking. We turned 14-and-a-half second laps in a midget. Bristol is also fast, no doubt about it. It's a lot of fun to drive. It's where I got the nickname, Rocketman."
What is the key to getting around Bristol Motor Speedway?
"A lot of it has to do with keeping up with the demands of a 500-lap race. It doesn't take much to get behind at Bristol and when you do, it's tough to recover. It's a place where you need to know when to give and take at the appropriate times. If you make a mistake, more than likely, it will make more of an impact resulting in a pretty banged up car, a significant loss of track position or even a lap. One bad run can change your entire race."

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