Preview: Food City 500

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

Event: Food City 500
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Location: Bristol, TN

This Week's No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet SS at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 555th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the second short-track event of the 2017 season. In 30 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 d place came on August 28, 2004. The South Bend, Indiana, native has an average start of 11.2 and average finish of 16.4. He's led a total of 121 laps in competition. And in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, he owns of seconone pole (fall 2006) and a 2005 victory in the fall race.

Winner, Winner ... Newman has increased his chances of punching his ticket to the MENCS playoffs with a victory at Phoenix Raceway on March 19th in the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet. The win equates to the driver's 18th-career Cup Series victory and RCR's 106th.

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Rescue Ranch Playground Project ... Ryan and Krissie Newman are in the midst of a $400,000 fundraising project for Rescue Ranch. It is a community wide effort that will benefit countless children annually. The fully-inclusive playground will be 10,000 sq./ft. and encompasses a barrier-free option for children of all abilities to play together. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for June 3. For more information, please watch: Help Rescue Ranch build a playground!

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 161 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 2,757 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,106 wins, 477 top-five finishes and 1,034 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. 

Youth Football Safety Clinic ... The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is sponsoring a Kids & Pros youth football safety clinic in Charlotte, N.C., on April 29 at West Charlotte High School from 1-5 p.m. Youth football players will learn Heads Up safe blocking and tackling techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players. Carolinas HealthCare System will provide sports safety information and athletic trainer support. Register now 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 Richard Childress Racing and at along with official driver Facebook pages - Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman.

Catch the Action ... The Food City 500 will be televised live Sunday, April 23 beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What is the key to having success at Bristol Motor Speedway?

"It's about keeping your nose out of trouble and being able to have a car that is versatile so that it can run both the top and the bottom. It's also about getting lucky at some point in the race."

What is the craziest thing you've ever experienced at Bristol?

"The craziest thing I've ever experienced at Bristol was running the Modified race. You go so fast there and the corner speeds are so ridiculously high that it was pretty demanding."

What is the craziest thing you've ever experienced in a Cup Series car at Bristol?

"The craziest thing I ever experienced at Bristol in a Cup car would just be the track itself. It produces some pretty big crashes when the cars get all stacked up. You have nowhere to go and it gets plugged up."

If you don't win at Bristol, does a good result feel just as good because you were able to survive the bullring?

"You always want to win Bristol. I mean, it's nice to survive Bristol with a car all in one piece, but when you get to the end, I think I'd rather be in contention and get the win."