Preview: Homestead 400

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

Event: Homestead 400
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Track: Phoenix Raceway
Location: Homestead, FL

This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 567th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes in the season finale. In 15 starts at the 1.5-mile oval, the South Bend, Indiana, native owns two top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is 11.8 and average finish is 16.5. He's led 143 laps in competition. In the last eight events at Homestead, Newman ranks eighth in most points earned.

#B31ieve ... Newman is making his eighth appearance in what is now known as the NASCAR Playoffs. At Dover, the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet missed making the Round of 12 by just two points. He sits 16th in the standings after finishing 20th at Phoenix Raceway. His highest finish in the championship standings is second place while driving in his first season for RCR and crew chief Luke Lambert.

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Meet Newman ... On Sunday, Newman is scheduled to greet fans at the Rheem display located in the track's midway starting at 11:10 a.m. local time.

Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series history at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the few race tracks where team owner Richard Childress has yet to earn a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Richard Childress Racing entries have finished second on four occasions: 2003 (Kevin Harvick), 2008 (Harvick), 2009 (Jeff Burton) and 2014 (Ryan Newman). In 57 starts, RCR has earned nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile, progressively-banked oval with drivers Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Harvick, Newman, Paul Menard and Mike Skinner. Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway are the other tracks on the current Cup Series schedule where RCR is still on the hunt for hardware.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,843 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards, 107 wins, 486 top-five finishes and 1,049 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 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.

Catch the Action ... The Homestead-Miami 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, November 19 on NBC beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

How do you rate your NASCAR Playoffs?

"Our NASCAR Playoffs are certainly less than what we desire. We had a car capable of winning last Sunday's race at Phoenix, but the bottom line is we were a victim of circumstances and it resulted in a not-so-good finish. We need to make those circumstances go away. It sure would be nice to finish the season on a good note at Homestead-Miami Speedway. We would really like more than just a good run, obviously we would like to get back into Victory Lane."

What makes Homestead-Miami Speedway a fun place to race?

"I think it has such a great layout and design. The biggest difference are the ends of the track. Usually the way the sun hits it, Turns 3 and 4 are a big rougher than Turns 1 and 2. It makes it really fun to drive."