Preview: AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Race Notes and Quotes

Event: AAA 400 Drive for Autism
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Track: Dover Intl. Speedway
Location: Dover, DE

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Dover International Speedway ... Newman will make his 561st Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes at Dover International Speedway. In 30 Cup Series events, Newman has three victories to his credit including a Dover sweep in 2003 and a win in the fall of 2004. The "Rocket Man" also owns three pole awards. In total, he owns six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Also, he has led 848 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10.0 and average finish of 14.0.

Winner, Winner ... Newman punched his ticket to the MENCS playoffs with a victory at Phoenix Raceway on March 19th in the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet. The win equates to the driver's 18th-career Cup Series victory and RCR's 106th.

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Richard Childress Racing at Dover International Speedway ... RCR has earned four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Dover International Speedway, most recently in September 2006 when Jeff Burton drove the No. 31 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Three additional victories came with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel, including both events at the Monster Mile in 1989 as well as the spring race in 1993. RCR has also earned one pole award, 23 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes in 160 combined starts at the high-banked, one-mile oval. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed three of those top 10s from 1976-1980.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,772 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 478 top-five finishes and 1,038 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR XFINITY Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.

Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's corporate Twitter page — @RCRracing — along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page — @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @RyanJNewman. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at and at along with official driver pages —, and

Catch the Action ... The AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, June 4 on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


What are the keys to being successful at Dover International Speedway?

"You leave the Coca-Cola 600 and you head to Dover and Dover seems to be just as long of a race. It's still 400 laps. It's still super demanding and it's probably more physically demanding than Charlotte."

What's been the quickest thing you've picked up at Dover International Speedway?

"Dover is just a lot of fun. The way the transition is of getting down into the corners and then climbing the hill up the straightaway makes it a lot of fun to drive. The concrete doesn't typically change a whole lot. Typically when you get your car right there, it stays that way."

What is the hardest thing to learn at Dover International Speedway?

"More recently, it's harder to pass now than it's ever been at Dover."