Preview: The Bristol Night Race

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

Event: The Bristol Night Race
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Location: Bristol, TN

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Newman will make his 572nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series returns to the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" on the circuit. In 31 MENCS events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004 as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned two top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came on August 28, 2004. The South Bend, Indiana, native has an average start of 11.3 and average finish of 16.3. He's led a total of 121 laps in competition. In the XFINITY Series, he owns one pole (fall 2006) and a 2005 victory in the fall race.

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Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 164 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing boasts nine wins — seven with Dale Earnhardt, one with Kevin Harvick and one with Jeff Burton — three pole awards, 34 top-five and 67 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has led 3,678 laps at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,807 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 483 top-five finishes and 1,044 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 Bristol Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, August 19 on NBC beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


They call Bristol the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." Do you find it to be one of the most intimidating short tracks around?

"It's definitely one of the tracks I look forward to going to. It's special, but not the most intimidating? The most intimidating short track I've ever raced on is my home track, Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana. It was a half-mile, true 30 degrees of banking. We turned 14-and-a-half second laps in a midget. Bristol is also fast, no doubt about it. It's a lot of fun to drive. It's where I got the nickname, Rocketman."

What is the key to getting around Bristol Motor Speedway?

"A lot of it has to do with keeping up with the demands of a 500-lap race. It doesn't take much to get behind at Bristol and when you do, it's tough to recover. It's a place where you need to know when to give and take at the appropriate times. If you make a mistake, more than likely, it will make more of an impact resulting in a pretty banged up car, a significant loss of track position or even a lap. One bad run can change your entire race."