CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 19: NASCAR driver Ryan Newman poses for a photo during the 2021 NASCAR Production Days at FOX Sports Studios on January 19, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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Ryan Newman makes 700th NASCAR Cup Series start

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman made his 700th career NASCAR Cup Series start when he took the green flag in Sunday’s Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Newman has earned 18 career race victories, 116 top fives and 265 top 10s in 699 starts leading into Sunday. Earning the nickname “Rocket Man” for his stellar qualifying runs throughout the early years of his Cup Series career, Newman has also recorded 51 pole positions in 22 years. He is the 19th driver to hit the 700 Cup Series start milestone.

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Newman made his first career start at Phoenix Raceway in November 2000 driving the No. 02 for Team Penske. The 43-year-old raced seven full-time seasons with Penske before moving to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2009 season, competing in the No. 39 for Stewart-Haas Racing through 2013. From 2014-18, Newman raced the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing entry, which is where he earned his most recent victory in 2017 at Phoenix. Since 2019, Newman has competed in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, earning four top-five and 18 top-10 finishes so far.

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Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman is also celebrating a milestone at Kansas on Sunday. The No. 48 driver made his 200th career Cup Series start.

Newman will start 14th in the Buschy McBusch Race 400, while Bowman will start 25th.