Preview: ISM Connect 300

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

Event: ISM Connect 300
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Location: Loudon, NH

This Week's American Childress Vineyards Chevrolet SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 559th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the No. 31 team competes at the 1.058-mile oval where he owns three victories; the 2002 and 2005 fall events and the 2011 spring race. The "Rocket Man" also owns seven pole awards. In 31 starts at NHMS, he owns seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. Also, he has led 722 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 10.1 and average finish of 14.0. Plus, he ranks ninth in most points earned in the last seven races at Loudon.

#B31ieve ... Newman kicked off his eighth appearance in what is now known as the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway. Entering the second of three races in the Round of 16, he is 16th in points, seven markers 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 and crew chief Luke Lambert.

Childress Vineyards ... Childress Vineyards is a premier winery located at the southern gateway of the Yadkin Valley in Lexington, NC.  Owned by Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner and Hall of Fame member, Childress Vineyards has been producing award-winning wines with the expertise of Winemaker Mark Frizsolowski. Open daily for tours, tastings, and lunch in the Bistro.

Media Availability ... Newman will be accessible to the media in attendance at NHMS on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time in the media center.

Richard Childress Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Richard Childress has four victories as a team owner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Robby Gordon (2001), Kevin Harvick (2006) and Clint Bowyer (2007 and 2010). In 121 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, Childress also has two pole awards, 16 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton, Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Gordon, Harvick, Ryan Newman, Steve Park and Mike Skinner.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,819 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. 

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 ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, September 24 on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

You are currently 16th in the NASCAR Playoffs. What are your thoughts heading into New Hampshire Motor Speedway?

"Our race in Chicagoland was an absolute disaster. We regrouped on Monday to see what possibly went wrong for us. It's important that we keep up with good communication because we need to fix what happened on Sunday as soon as possible. We were kind of at a loss during the race because our Caterpillar D10 Decades Chevrolet was solid on Friday and Saturday. It's also disappointing because we've been running on a streak of four-straight top-10s. Fortunately for us, we are still very much in it. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is typically a good race for us. I've won there and whether it was in 2003 or 2017, we'll do our best and keep fighting like we always do."

What is your biggest strength heading into the next two races in the Round of 16?

"First, I would say my stubbornness. The stick to it mentality of fighting and fighting. No matter what the situation is, I don't ever give up. Outside of that, it all about everyone working together as a team. We have experienced the good and the bad of the Playoffs. We been in the Playoffs three of the last four years. We've made it to the final round. We've also gotten kicked out and not made it. We've experienced a little bit of everything and not all the teams have had that. I hope in the end, some of our experience makes a difference."