Preview: Dover 400

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

Event: Dover 400
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Track: Dover International Speedway
Location: Dover, DE

This Week's American Childress Vineyards Chevrolet SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... This Week's No. 31 Waste Masters Chevrolet SS at Dover International Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 560th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at Dover International Speedway, the third and final venue in the Round of 16. In 31 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 seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Also, he has led 849 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 10.1 and average finish of 13.6.

#B31ieve ... Newman is making his eighth appearance in what is now known as the NASCAR Playoffs. Entering the final race in the Round of 16, he is 14th in points, one marker out of a Round of 12 transfer spot. His highest finish in the championship standings is second place while driving in his first season for RCR with crew chief Luke Lambert.

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Media Availability ... Newman will join teammate Austin Dillon and driver Ricky Stenhouse for a NASCAR Playoffs media Q&A in the DIS media center on Friday at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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, 24 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes in 164 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 2,822 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 and at along with official driver pages —, and

Catch the Action ... The Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil at Dover International Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, October 1 on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


Entering the cut off race for the Round of 12, there is just one point separating you from the transfer spot. What are some of your biggest focuses and what do you need to work on to make the second bracket of the NASCAR Playoffs?

"I have said many times that this team has got a lot of fight in them. Despite a disastrous start at Chicagoland, we regrouped and turned in a solid performance in New Hampshire. We remain in contention. We've worked really hard for 28 races and we just have to go out there and do the best that we can. If our best isn't good enough then we don't deserve to be in it."

In 2014, you made it all the way to Homestead on consistency. That is a word we haven't used much due to stage racing. Does it change the way you approach stage racing now? Do you have to run harder, sooner?

"You have to run hard the whole time. The way the points work there is just more of a gap now from first to 16th and especially the top 10 with the stage breaks. You just have to run as hard as you possibly can and get as much as you can the whole time. At the same time, you cannot sacrifice the next stage for the stage that you are in. The big one is at the end. So, getting stage points and then costing yourself a bunch of track position for the next stage is not a good plan in my opinion."