Preview: Las Vegas 400

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

Event: Las Vegas 400
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Location: Las Vegas, NV

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 550th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the third event of the 2017 season. In 16 Cup Series events, Newman owns one pole award (2005) along with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His best result of third came in 2015 with Richard Childress Racing in the Caterpillar Chevrolet. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12.4 and average finish of 16.1. He's led a total of 112 laps in competition. In the last six races at LVMS, Newman ranks eighth in most Cup points earned.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG ... Caterpillar Racing driver Ryan Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert and the No. 31 team members from Richard Childress Racing will be on hand Thursday at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to tour Cat's two exhibit areas totaling 60,000 square feet. As part of the experience, Lambert will go live on RCR's Facebook page at approximately 2:45 p.m. PST to give fans a chance to see the latest Caterpillar machines used in excavating, grading, paving and aggregates mining and handling. Then at approximately 3:50 p.m. PST, fans are welcome to watch Caterpillar go live on its Cat Products Facebook page for an interview with Newman and Lambert as well as a chance to see live demonstrations showcasing the new Cat Command remote control system and line-of-sight remote control. For more details, visit Cat CONEXPO .

Featured Caterpillar Dealers ... Finning Canada and Wyoming Machinery Company are the featured Cat dealers for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race weekend.

Finning (Canada) is a division of Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Finning (Canada) sells, rents and provides customer support services for Caterpillar equipment and engines in British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories and a portion of Nunavut. They serve a diverse range of industrial markets, including mining, forestry, construction, pipeline/oil field construction, agriculture, government sector, marine, transportation, fisheries, and the commercial transport industry. For more information, visit www.finning.ca.

Wyoming Machinery Company supports three of Wyoming's major industries - mining, construction, and oil & gas - in addition to many others. Each of our five branches focuses on one or more of these major industries. The Casper branch serves the markets for mining, petroleum, on-highway trucks, construction, and governmental business. At the Cheyenne branch, the focus is on-highway trucks and general construction. The Rock Springs branch is similar to our Cheyenne branch with the addition of serving the oil & gas customers in southwest Wyoming. We now have two branches in Gillette serving the mining industry, as well as the oil & gas and heavy construction industries." For more information, visit www.wyomingcat.com.

National Wild Turkey Federation Month ... Bass Pro Shops is showing its support in a new way this month for the National Wild Turkey Federation and its members which includes Newman. During NWTF month, shoppers at participating Bass Pro Shops stores are invited to donate their change to the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation by rounding up their purchase total to the nearest dollar. For more information: BPS NWTF month.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... In 57 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned 10 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes with eight different drivers - Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Mike Skinner.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,742 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,105 wins, 475 top-five finishes and 1,031 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. 

Viva Las Vegas ... EMS World Expo is returning to Las Vegas this fall. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will fund an EMT or paramedic for free admission and $1,500 of travel expenses to attend the 2017 Expo. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Scholarship funds continuing medical education to help save the lives of injured kids around the world. Visit EMSworldexpo.comfor more information.

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 Las Vegas 400 will be televised live Sunday, March 12 beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What is the key or keys to running well at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

"It seems like in order to be successful you need to get through the bumps in Turns 1 and 2. And then you have to have a good overall balance in Turns 3 and 4 as well as getting your splitter right. Raw speed and horsepower are always important because of the banking and the size of the track but ride and drivability are needed in order to have the ability to pass."

What is the most difficult thing to figure out?

"It's all about getting the car to ride good through Turns 1 and 2. It's just because the front straightaway has so much of an arc to it. If you carry good speed through Turns 1 and 2, it just makes the back straightaway that much longer."

As a driver, what do you believe to be a challenge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

"It seems like we always go through some swing in weather. It might rain. It might be 75 degrees or 45 degrees. It seems like the sun always bakes Turns 3 and 4 more so than Turns 1 and 2. Turn 2 is always shaded no matter what time of day it is, so getting a good grip on Turns 1 and 2 versus Turns 3 and 4 as a driver sometimes is a challenge."