Ryan Newman Set To Make NASCAR History At Bristol Motor Speedway

Horn FanSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2009

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Haas Automation Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2009 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

In 2003, Ryan Newman put his name into the Bristol Motor Speedway record book, setting the track record for the fastest qualifying speed.

During the August race week at Bristol he's poised to etch his name in the track's record books again, and also in NASCAR's, with another first.

Newman plans to become the first driver to compete in NASCAR's top three division races, and also the Whelen Modified Series, at the same track.

He'll start this marathon the afternoon of August 19, racing in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150, and driving the No. 7 NY Aggressive HyDraulics Chevrolet in the Whelen Modified race.

Then, that evening, he'll be driving the No. 2 Pringles for Kevin Harvick Inc. in the O'Reilly 200 truck race.

Then, on August 21, he'll drive the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Food City 250 in the Nationwide race.

He owes a big thank you to Scott Wimmer for swapping races with him, but also to Fastenal and JR Motorsports for allowing them to do it.

Of course, on August 22, he'll be running the final leg in his No. 39 US Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet.

Over three nights, Newman stands to run a total of 1,100 laps, traveling an astounding 586 miles around the .533 mile oval. He will be in the driver seat for more than seven hours.

"It is going to be a challenge to compete in all four races, but I am really looking forward to it. It's a lot of miles, a lot of laps," said Newman.

"I have done the Nationwide and Cup races on back-to-back nights in August before, and that can be difficult. Throw in the Truck and Modified race on Wednesday, and it's like I am running a second Cup race there. So I know it's not going to be easy."

Not to mention that Bristol in August is always hot and sticky weather. Then, add in how physically demanding the track is, and Newman has his work cut out for him.

There are two different sweepstake events tied into Newman's feat. Both started on July 6, and can be entered by logging onto bristolmotorspeedway.com.

In the first, one lucky fan can win $400,000 should Newman win all four races...the same amount he'd win in purse money if we wins all four.

In the second, called the "Rocket Ryan Pick'em" contest, fans can pick where they think he'll finish in each of the four races, and prizes will be awarded for first-through-fourth place finishes.

First Prize–Two suite seats for the March and August race weekends at BMS in 2010.

Second Prize–Two grandstand tickets, including the half-mile club hospitality, for the March and August race weekends at BMS in 2010.

Third Prize–Two grandstand tickets for the March and August race weekends at BMS in 2010.

Fourth Prize–Two grandstand tickets to the race weekend of your choice (in March or August) at BMS in 2010.

Remember, with this last contest, it's either two races or three races, depending which weekend you pick.

Good luck in both these contests.

Source: catchfence.com