Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway by qualifying fifth for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Newman turned a lap of 22.826 seconds at 157.715 mph around the concrete mile oval.
“It was pretty good,” said Newman, a three-time winner at Dover (June 2003, September 2003 and September 2004). “I got just a little bit loose off of (turn) four because I was tight climbing the hill. It was a good run for our Haas Automation Chevrolet. The guys have done a good job the entire time in qualifying trim. We definitely want to see it pay off in qualifying. So far it has.”