This Week’s E-Z-Go Camaro ZL1 at Martinsville Speedway

Ryan Newman will make his 617th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes in the final half-mile race of the season at Martinsville Speedway. In 33 Cup Series events, Newman visited Victory Lane at this event in 2012. The Rocket Man also owns three pole awards, all happening in the fall of 2002, ’04 and ’09. In total, he owns eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, along with 196 laps led in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 9.7 and average finish of 14.9.

On Board with Newman …

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There is a lot of bumping and banging at Martinsville Speedway. Describe how this race is different than other races.

“Martinsville is a blast. I really enjoy it because it is a short track. There is a lot of heavy braking and it’s important to manage your rear tires. I like the fact that it is close to home. There are so many true short-track race fans that come out and support us there. They are huge longtime fans that appreciate what kind of a show that Martinsville Speedway puts on. Their enthusiasm makes us want to put on a good show for them as well.”

What kind of things can you get away with at that track that you can’t get away with at others?

“The only thing you can really get away with is being a little more violent. We’re able to do a little more beating and banging. We can move guys around, bump them in the corners and let them know that it’s time to get out of the way or I’m going to move you out of the way type of deal. You can’t necessarily do that at other tracks. Our cars are a lot more fragile than they used to be, so you don’t want to wrinkle the fender so-to-speak at a place like Charlotte, Daytona or Indianapolis because aero packages at those places are so important. Aero is important at Martinsville but sometimes it’s more important to use the chrome horn and knock them out of the way.”