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

Event: Kentucky 400
Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Track: Kentucky Speedway
Location: Sparta, KY

This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... Newman will make his 567th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes at Kentucky Speedway. In six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at the 1.5-mile track, Newman owns three top-five and three top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12.8 and average finish of 13.0.

Winner, Winner ... Newman 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.

Featured Caterpillar Dealer ... Whayne Supply Company is the featured Cat dealer for this weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway. Whayne Supply Company is one of the oldest and largest Caterpillar dealers in the U.S., based in Louisville, Kentucky. Whayne Supply Company has 16 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana serving the construction, mining, highway, ag and power industries.

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Meet Newman ... On Thursday, Newman is scheduled to sign autographs on behalf of Coca-Cola Racing at 5 p.m. ET. It's taking place at the Kroger located on Hwy 227 in Carrollton.

Richard Childress Racing in the Bluegrass State ... In 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Richard Childress Racing holds an average starting position of 16.6 and an average finishing position of 17.4, completing 5,054 of the contested 5,073 laps (99.6 percent).

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,789 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 481 top-five finishes and 1,041 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. 

3 on 3 Basketball ... Austin and Ty Dillon are hosting the 3rd Annual 3-on-3 Celebrity Basketball Tournament presented by The Dow Chemical Company to benefit the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., on Wednesday, July 26. The 16-team, double-elimination tournament will start at 3 p.m. and the final game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For more information visit https://saveinjuredkids.org/basketball/.

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 Kentucky 400 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, July 8 on NBCSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


What are your thoughts heading into Kentucky?

"Kentucky is one of those tracks that I have mixed feelings about. Austin tested there earlier this year and with another fresh coat of asphalt, we'll just have to wait and see how it goes. I've never been a fan of its configuration but it is what it is. Last year, we had one of our best finishes of the season so anything can happen, I guess. We'll just wait and see how it goes."

Based on your previous experience at the track, what is the hardest thing about Kentucky Speedway?

"If they didn't move the wall then the hardest part of Kentucky has always been turning into Turn 3. It is usually loose into Turn 3."