WHERE HE STANDS: 31st, 38 points out of the top 10. Lost 11 spots last week.

BRISTOL RECORD: 12 top-10 finishes in 22 starts.

LOOKING AHEAD: Newman "really enjoys racing at Bristol. I enjoy the re-configuration of the track. I hope we'll have a tire there this weekend that will allow us to use all three or four lanes of the track. It's just a great race track and a great short track. I love the fact that it's concrete and doesn't seem like it changes a whole lot. Once you get a car right, it's typically right for 500 laps, which is difficult to get on some of the race tracks. Honestly, there's no place like Bristol."

LOOKING BACK: Newman suffered engine failure late in the Las Vegas race and finished 38th. Newman was quick to blame himself for the blown engine. "I missed a shift," said Newman. "I missed a shift because of the restart, but that's my responsibility, not those guys in front of me. It's entirely on me. I could point fingers at the final restart, but it was still my fault."

ETC.: Newman feels "patience" is really important at Bristol "because it can be a track that really challenges your mentality. There, more so than most race tracks, it's that mental stamina of controlling your emotions and controlling the race car according to your emotions and making the best of all the situations you are in. Bristol is different every time you come there. It can be a lot of green-flag runs and a lot of single-file racing, or it can be crazy and it can get randomly crazier."