Preview: AAA Texas 500

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

Event: AAA Texas 500
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Location: Fort Worth, TX

This Week's No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet SS at Texas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 565th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes for the second time in the Lone Star State. In 28 Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, he's visited Victory Lane in the spring of 2003. The Rocket Man also won the pole for both Cup Series events in 2005 to complete the sweep. In total, he owns three top-five and six top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 15.9 and average finish of 18.6. In the last 10 races at TMS, Newman is ranked ninth in most championship points earned.

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Chevrolet Corn Maze ... Back by popular demand is the nine-acre Chevrolet corn maze at Rescue Ranch in Statesville, North Carolina. It is open Friday and Saturday night's in October. Families can weave their way through a custom designed corn maze featuring a Chevy Silverado and a Corvette. For more information, visit: RescueRanch.com.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Texas Motor Speedway ... In 100 starts at Texas Motor Speedway dating back to 1997, RCR has recorded one win (Jeff Burton, April 2007), eight top-five and 31 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. Prior to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural season in 1997, Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the now defunct Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams boast an average starting position of 19.2, an average finishing position of 17.4 and have completed 32,331 of the 33,349 contested laps (96.9 percent) with 140 laps led at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth-based race track.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,837 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards, 107 wins, 486 top-five finishes and 1,049 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.

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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 www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages — http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3, www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.

Catch the Action ... The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, November 5 on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What are your thoughts on returning to Texas Motor Speedway?

"I have mixed feelings. Of all the tracks we have gone to this season, Texas Motor Speedway has presented the most challenges for our Grainger team. With the new configuration and repave, our car was so tight especially in Turns 3 and 4. We have certainly learned a lot as an organization and have made gains to our cars, so I hope our outcome is a lot better than our 26th-place finish back in April."