ALLTEL Team Back At Kansas For Cup

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Ryan Newman and ALLTEL Team Penske return for their fifth NASCAR Winston Cup Series event this weekend in the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. They may have an advantage over the competition, though, as they've already captured a pole and raced at the new 1.5-mile facility in ARCA RE/MAX competition.

"We have an advantage because we've raced in the ARCA series at Kansas," Newman said, "and that a lot of the Winston Cup drivers don't have experience at the track evens the playing field. They still have more experience with the cars than I do, so it's still a step in our learning curve."

During June's ARCA RE/MAX BPU 200, Newman captured the pole with a time of 31.549 seconds (171.162 mph). Newman had a strong car through the entire event, but a cut tire ended the afternoon early. The team returned to test the Winston Cup car and used what they learned in June to get ready for this weekend's Winston Cup race.

"We worked with the Goodyear tire and found what the car liked at this track," Newman said. "After struggling at Las Vegas, a similar track, we really concentrated on getting the race set-up right. We learned a lot about the track in the ARCA race and we hope we can apply all of that to the Cup car."

In four Winston Cup events this season, Newman has a pole and a top-five finish. He has a win, five poles, two top-fives and six top-tens in 13 NASCAR Busch Series starts.

The Winston Cup Series gets an extra day of practice on Thursday with two sessions, 1:30 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday qualifying to set the 43-car field is scheduled to begin at 3:05 p.m. CDT. Sunday's race is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. CDT and features live coverage by NBC-TV and the MRN Radio Network.

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