Preview: Bank of America 500

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

Event: Bank of America 500
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Location: Concord, NC

This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 561st Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In total at CMS, Newman has recorded runner-up finishes two times (fall, 2003; Coke 600, 2009) along with nine pole awards, five top-five, 15 top-10 finishes. The “Rocketman” has led 278 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 9.4 and average finish of 17.1. When calculating points earned in the last 10 events at Charlotte, Newman ranks fifth in most points accumulated.

#B31ieve ... Newman is making his eighth appearance in what is now known as the NASCAR Playoffs. At Dover, the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet missed making the Round of 12 by just two points. He now sits 13th in the standings. His highest finish in the championship standings is second place while driving in his first season for RCR and crew chief Luke Lambert.

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Meet Newman ... On Sunday, Newman is scheduled to participate in a fan question and answer session at the Team Chevy Stage located in the Charlotte Motor Speedway midway starting at 10:40 a.m. ET.

Chevrolet Corn Maze ... Back by popular demand is the nine-acre Chevrolet corn maze at Rescue Ranch in Statesville, North Carolina. It opens this weekend and operates on 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 Charlotte Motor Speedway ... In 160 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing teams have earned eight points-paying victories (four wins with Dale Earnhardt, one with Jeff Burton,  two with Kevin Harvick and one with Austin Dillon) and four All-Star race victories (three with Earnhardt and one with Harvick), giving RCR 12 total Cup Series checkered flags at the Concord, N.C.-based track. RCR boasts 23 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed two of those top-10 finishes from 1978 to 1979. The Welcome, N.C. organization has led a combined 1,156 laps at the Charlotte facility.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,825 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards, 107 wins, 485 top-five finishes and 1,048 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 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, October 8 on NBC 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 heading into this weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway?

"Obviously, I'm disappointed that we did not make it into the Round of 12. Nothing has changed. We are still focused on winning more races for Caterpillar, Grainger, VELVEETA Shells and Cheese and all our partners. We'll continue to work hard and improve our cars. We have some work to do. Our season is not over by any means. It just means we won't get a chance to relive and improve upon 2014.

The timing is right to be back home and race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We've been traveling so much that I am so happy to be spending this week racing at home with my family. I love Charlotte. It's such a unique place. The banking carries a lot of speed especially through Turns 1 and 2. If we have the right weather conditions, you can carry all that speed through Turns 3 and 4. It's such a fun place to drive. I'm really looking forward to it."