Preview: Pocono 400

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

Event: Pocono 400
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Track: Pocono Raceway
Location: Long Pond, PA

This Week's Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway ... Newman will make his 562nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the series competes at Pocono Raceway. In 30 events at Pocono, Newman drove to victory lane in the second summer event of 2003. The "Rocket Man" also owns two pole awards. In total, he's recorded nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He has led 185 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 11.1 and average finish of 12.7. In the last 10 races at the 2.5-mile track, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks fourth in most points earned.

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.

Kalahari Returns to the 31 ... Kalahari Resorts & Conventions returns to RCR and the No. 31 Chevrolet for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Now home to America's Largest Indoor Waterpark, Kalahari Resorts will serve as the primary sponsor on Ryan Newman's No. 31 Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway on June 11 and host RCR during its two stops on the Series schedule in Pennsylvania. Fans can take advantage of exclusive room rates and promotions happening during the Pocono race weekend June 10-11.

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Newman Media Availability ... Newman is scheduled to stop by the Pocono Raceway media center on Friday. He'll speak with media outlets starting at 1:45 p.m. EDT.

Team Chevy Stage Here We Come ... The driver of the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Chevrolet is scheduled to participate in a fan question and answer session on Sunday at the Team Chevy stage located in the Pocono Raceway midway. Newman will stop by at 12 p.m. EDT.

Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway ... In 151 starts at Pocono Raceway, RCR team owner Richard Childress has two wins, both with Dale Earnhardt, who won on July 19, 1987 and July 18, 1993. Additionally, RCR has earned one pole award, 16 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes with 608 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed two of those top-10 finishes under the RCR banner.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,775 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 479 top-five finishes and 1,039 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. 

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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 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, June 11 on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


What has been the key to your success at Pocono Raceway?

"Pocono is all about horsepower. It has those super long straightaways. Getting your car to turn through the Tunnel Turn has also been important to having a good run. Just in general, you need to get off Turn 3 and use all your horsepower down the straightaway. There is nothing that handles better than plenty of horsepower."

What is the hardest thing to figure out at Pocono?

"The tricky part of Pocono ... no pun intended is getting the balance in all three corners because of the different banking, turn radius's and a bump in Turn 2. It's typically a challenge to get your car balanced in all three corners."

What do the restarts look like from your point of view?

"The restarts are always interesting at Pocono. We're sometimes four, five or even six wide. It's all about getting down to two wide, maybe three getting into Turn 1. I always look forward to going back to a track that has another year aged on it. Hopefully, we can even use more of the track this weekend similar to what we've done in years past."