Preview: Camping World 500

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

Event: Camping World 500
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Track: Phoenix International Raceway
Location: Avondale, AZ

This Week's Grainger Chevrolet SS at Phoenix Raceway ... Ryan Newman will make his 551st Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the fourth event of the 2017 season. In 29 Cup Series events, Newman owns one victory at PR. He won the spring event in 2010. When it comes to the last seven events at the raceway, he ranks eighth in driver points earned. In total, Newman owns four pole awards, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. His average start is 13.3 and average finish is 17.7. He's led 213 laps in competition.

Breaking News About Grainger ... After a successful launch in 2014, Richard Childress Racing and Grainger have renewed their partnership for multiple years. The leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products unveiled to customers, suppliers and team members attending this week's Grainger Show in Orlando, Fla., the new look of the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For details, check out

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National Wild Turkey Federation Month ... Bass Pro Shops is showing its support in a new way this month for the National Wild Turkey Federation and its members which includes Newman. During NWTF month, shoppers at participating Bass Pro Shops stores are invited to donate their change to the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation by rounding up their purchase total to the nearest dollar. For more information: BPS NWTF month.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Phoenix Raceway ... Team owner Richard Childress has five victories at Phoenix Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes wins with Kevin Harvick in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2012 and March and Nov. 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 109 starts at Phoenix, the Welcome, North Carolina based organization boasts 18 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,745 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,105 wins, 475 top-five finishes and 1,031 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. 

March is Athletic Trainer Month ... The Childress Institute funds a research project that measured the impact an athletic trainer had on youth football players through injury and concussion prevention, recognition and treatment. Dr. Jill Urban's research about an athletic trainer's impact on preventing and treating youth injuries was published in the March/April issue of the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. Learn more at

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 Camping World 500 will be televised live Sunday, March 19 beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What are your thoughts on the racing at Phoenix Raceway with the new downforce package?

"It seems like Phoenix Raceway has the most excitement, especially with the dogleg on the restarts. You get down on the apron going three or four wide and then you have to get down to two wide in the corners. I think with getting more age on the track and it getting a little racier, it will definitely be a bonus for us when we get to Phoenix."

What is the key to being successful at Phoenix Raceway?

"The key to being successful at Phoenix is really just having a good balance at both ends of the track. Primarily getting off of Turn 2. There is so much distance in the back straightaway with the dogleg that if you do not get off of Turn 2, it's costly because it's the majority of the track."

Is there a particular part of the track that you've had to focus on throughout the years?

"I think since the track has changed in Phoenix, what you work on the most is just getting your car right in both ends. It's always been a challenge, but it seems like it is more of a challenge now with the difference in banking and the difference in radius compared to the way the old track used to be."

Phoenix announced in November that they were spending $178 million for upgrades such as a new start/finish line, new garages, new pit road and new stands. What are your thoughts with them redoing the track?

"What money they spend on the track is all about the fans. It just got new asphalt for competition. They layout of the track isn't going to change, at least to my knowledge. It's really about making it more fun, enjoyable and entertaining for the fans."