Ryan Newman set to capture Chase berth tomorrow in Richmond

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The more things change, the more they stay the same it seems for Ryan Newman.

Newman and the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have had 25 races to get used to the new Chase format, which rewards regular season winners with post-season berths.

But just as he was one year ago, Newman is on the Chase bubble again going into the final regular season race.

“The irony to me is it seems like no matter what the format is, I still end up being that guy that’s either in or out of the bubble,” he noted today at Richmond International Raceway. “Right now, I’m ninth in points. There have been years I’ve been 12th in points, 11th in points. If you moved the championship points system around in different years, I’d have been really good a couple of years.

“But in the end, it is what it is. It’s the same for everybody. We know it going into [the Daytona 500] what we have to do coming into Richmond. It still involves winning races, whether it’s “win and you’re in” or “win and you have a better chance of being in.” Those points all add up.”

The good news for Newman is that even though he doesn’t have a win in 2014, the points have indeed added up in his favor ahead of Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

Six Top-15 finishes in the last seven races have solidified his standing to where he just needs to finish 18th or better Saturday to earn one of the two remaining Chase spots. He currently holds the 15th position on the Chase Grid at 42 points up on 16th-place Greg Biffle.

But with Biffle, Clint Bowyer (-23 behind Biffle), Kyle Larson (-24 behind Biffle), and every other winless driver in the Top 30 of the standings ready to go for broke tomorrow, Newman admitted that it would be naive of him to not have concerns about the aggressive of his competitors.

However, he also seemed to indicate that the race manipulation incident one year ago at RIR (which helped put him outside of the Chase until NASCAR stepped in) will lead to more scrutiny of any notable incidents.

“I think after what happened last year, the magnifying glass is zoomed in a little tighter than it used to be, and that we’ll have a good race,” Newman said. “It would be good for our sport not to have what happened last year, in any form or fashion, this year.”

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi