Preview: Go Bowling 400

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

Event: Go Bowling 400
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Track: Kansas Speedway
Location: Kansas City, KS

This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Kansas Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 558th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the 11th race of the 2017 season. In 22 Cup Series events at Kansas, Newman visited victory lane in the fall of 2003. In total, he owns three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native holds an average starting position of 13.2 and average finish of 16.5. He has led 128 laps in competition. In the last five events at the 1.5-mile speedway, Newman ranks fifth in most points earned.

Hello Newman! ...  Newman is scheduled to participate in a fan question and answer session at the Team Chevy Stage located in the Kansas Speedway midway. He'll be there starting at 3:45 p.m. local time.

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Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Kansas Speedway ... In 71 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win, visiting victory lane in 2013 with Kevin Harvick, among five top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,766 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards, 106 wins, 477 top-five finishes and 1,036 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  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.

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Catch the Action ... The Go Bowling 400 will be televised live Saturday, May 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio..

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What is the key to being successful at Kansas Speedway?

"The key to being successful at Kansas is all about carrying good corner speed because it seems like even with the front straightaway being so round and the transition getting into Turn 1, you need to be able to keep the car in that arc. You also need good horsepower and the ability to move around when you can. The track has continually gotten better each time we've gone back there since it was repaved a few years ago."

What is the most challenging part of it?

"I think the transition into Turn 1 at Kansas is the trickiest part of it. You have to get the car to sit right down into Turn 1, the straightaway, the corner entry is kind of broken up. You need to get a nice flow into there and keeping the car set are the most challenging parts of Kansas."