Preview: Phoenix 500

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

Event: Phoenix 500
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Track: Phoenix Raceway
Location: Avondale, AZ

This Week's No. 31 Cat® MineStar™ Chevrolet SS at Phoenix Raceway ... Ryan Newman will make his 566th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he attempts to complete the sweep at Phoenix.

#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 Texas Motor Speedway. 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 participate in a fan question and answer session at the Team Chevy Stage located in the track's midway starting at 8:40 a.m. local time.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Phoenix Raceway ... Team owner Richard Childress has six victories at Phoenix Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes wins with Ryan Newman at the Series' most recent appearance to the track in March 2017, along with Kevin Harvick in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2012 and March and Nov. 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 112 starts at Phoenix, the Welcome, North Carolina based organization boasts 19 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,840 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.

Baby Love and Wedding Bells ... The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is excited to see the Childress/Dillon family grow this year. If you want to honor Ty Dillon's soon-to-arrive baby or Austin Dillon's upcoming wedding, you can donate to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in their name. For more information about how your gift of any size can help save injured children across the U.S., visit

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 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, Novemeber 12 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.


You are returning to the track that got your team its win to make this year's NASCAR Playoffs. What has that win meant to you?

"The Phoenix win was pretty special. It was important to our team and to our entire organization. It's been awhile since I've been back in Victory Lane and it meant a lot to get my crew chief and engineers their first win together and for me, with them. It was just what the doctor ordered. I remember telling people that I didn't forget how to win, but it had me soul searching. 'Is it really this hard or am I just losing it?' The win helped set the tone for our season. It was a total collective effort and it felt so good. We were at the right place at the right time and did what we needed to do. I hope we can do it all over again on Sunday."