Preview: I Love New York 355

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

Event: I Love New York 355
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Track: Watkins Glen International
Location: Watkins Glen, NY

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International ... Newman will make his 571st Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes at the second road-course of the season. In 15 NASCAR Cup Series events at The Glen, Newman has recorded one top-five and 3 top-10 finishes. He has led 20 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 10.5 and average finish of 17.3.

Winner, Winner ... Newman has all but punched 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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Meet Newman ... On Sunday, Newman is scheduled to stop by the National Wild Turkey Federation display at 9:55 a.m. ET. The display is located outside Turn 1 immediately in front of the pedestrian bridge.

Richard Childress Racing at "The Glen" ... In 68 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International, RCR boasts two wins (Robby Gordon 2003 and Kevin Harvick 2006), eight top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Dale Earnhardt won three poles (1990, '92, '96) at the high-speed, seven-turn, upstate New York facility.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,801 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 482 top-five finishes and 1,042 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 in NYC ... The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma believes kids should learn how to play safer sports. Youth football players in New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas will be able to learn safe blocking techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at a free kids & pros clinic at Columbia University on Friday, August 11 from 1-5 p.m. ET. 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 and at along with official driver pages —, and

Catch the Action ... The I Love New York 355 at the Glen is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, August 6 on NBCSN beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


What is the key to being successful at Watkins Glen International?

"It's all about having good corner flow because all of the corners are a little bit different. It's extremely important to carry good speed through the whole racetrack."

What is your favorite turn at Watkins Glen?

"Turn 1 is probably the most challenging because the car wants to wheel hop and the bus stops are probably the most fun getting it right. When you know you nailed it, you really nailed it."

What is the hardest thing to figure out?

"The hardest thing for me is pretty simple ... to win."