Preview: Pocono 400

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

Event: Pocono 400
Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Track: Pocono Raceway
Location: Long Pond, PA

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway ... Newman will make his 570th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series returns to Pocono Raceway. In 31 NASCAR Cup Series 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, Indiana native has an average start of 11th and average finish of 12.8. In the last 10 races at the 2.5-mile track, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks fifth in most points earned.

Winner, Winner ... Newman has all but 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.

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Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway ... In 154 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 2,798 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 482 top-five finishes and 1,042 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, North Carolina, on Wednesday, July 26. The 16-team, double-elimination tournament will start at 3:00 p.m. and the final game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For more information 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 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, July 30 on NBCSN beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.


What is the key to being successful at Pocono Raceway?

"With its long straightaways you definitely need to get off the corner really good and you need to use all the horsepower you possibly can. There are three distinct corners which are always a challenge. A little bit of the character of the bump in Turn 2 you have to make sure the car rides well through that. Probably most importantly of all things is just getting off Turn 3 with the mile long straightway."

What is the hardest thing to figure out?

"I think sometimes the hardest thing to figure out at Pocono is how the cautions will play out. What will you have to do for fuel when looking at your fuel windows? You have to figure out the best strategy and it's a bit of a wait-and-see game as it unfolds during the race."

What are your thoughts in qualifying taking place less than four hours before the start of the race?

"I think we as a sport will probably learn from our mistakes. It's being done in other series so I definitely think we are doing it for the right reason. I just hope there won't be any hiccups on Sunday."