Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Chevr
olet will have sponsorship from State Water Heaters this weekend at Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400.
Newman is currently ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and is seeking his second win of the season. Earlier this year at Dover the No. 39 car finished 36th.
With his Chase hopes hanging by a thread, Newman is looking forward to racing at the Monster Mile.
“At Dover, I like the banking. I like the elevation changes. The concrete provides a different type of racing for us because the track doesn’t change a whole lot. Once you get your car right, you can keep it right for the rest of the race. And for me, for whatever reason, I’ve always adapted well to racing on concrete. To me, the characteristics of the track make it both demanding and fun. It’s really unique how you drop off into the corners and then climb up the hills onto the straightaways.
At Dover, the entry into the corners is the toughest part. If you don’t get a good entry, you’re not going to have a good middle or a good exit. You have narrow straightaways and then the track opens a lot in the corners, so there’s a good bit of give-and-take. To me as a driver, it’s just a track that’s a lot of fun. It’s a challenge. If you don’t like a challenge, you don’t like Dover. I really look forward to racing there. It’s fast, it’s demanding. I like the banked racetracks and it’s one of those.”
State Water Heaters will also be on Newman’s car at Martinsville in October.
Sponsorship news was big for Newman this week as Quicken Loans confirmed previous reports that they would follow the 35-year-old driver to Richard Childress Racing next season. Quicken Loans will sponsor Newman in 12 races in the No. 31 car next season.