Preview: Pure Michigan 400

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

Event: Pure Michigan 400
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Location: Brooklyn, MI

This Week's VELVEETA® Shells & CheeseChevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Newman will make his 572nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan. In 32 Cup Series events at MIS, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall 2003 and spring 2004 events. The "Rocket Man" also owns a pole award. In total, he's recorded five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has led 113 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.4 and average finish of 16.6. And in four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the speedway, he has visited victory lane two times (2001, 2005).

Winner, Winner ... Newman has 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.

LIQUID GOLD ... VELVEETA® Shells & Cheese and Richard Childress Racing have teamed up to give NASCAR fans a taste of the one and only LIQUID GOLD. VELVEETA Shells & Cheese is the primary sponsor for select races, which begun June 18 at Michigan International Speedway, and is an associate partner for the remainder of the 2017 season.

The partnership is highlighted by a comprehensive marketing and content program, including a national sweepstakes that grants one lucky grand prize winner the LIQUID GOLD championship experience: an all-expenses paid VIP weekend at the NASCAR Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Entrants also have the chance to win more than 100 autographed swag items, including mini replicas of Ryan Newman's race helmet and race-worn fire suits from the No. 31 Chevrolet pit crew. Details and call-to-action for the sweepstakes, which launched last month and will continue through the summer, are being distributed on more than three million boxes of VELVEETA Shells & Cheese.

Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway ... In 164 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, RCR teams have earned three wins, two with Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990) and one with Kevin Harvick (August 2010). Additionally, RCR has claimed 23 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, who recorded top-10 finishes at MIS in June 1978 and August 1979. 

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,804 Monster Energy NASCAR 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. 

Youth Football Safety Clinic in NYC ... The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma believes kids should learn how to play safer sports. Youth football players in New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas will be able to learn safe blocking techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at a free kids & pros clinic at Columbia University on Friday, August 11 from 1-5 p.m. ET. Register now at

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 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, August 13 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.


With 22 races in the books, what has been your strengths this season?

"Just fighting hard and racing smart especially at some of the restrictor-plate tracks. We got ourselves top fives when maybe our car wasn't as good and playing it smart by not racing at the wrong times. We did what we had to do at the right time. I think that's going to have to happen again at Talladega so I hope we have learned enough to keep doing it."

Is there an area that this team is still working on to get better before the Playoffs start?

"Just raw speed. I think we need to improve on just about everything. You have to continue to improve on everything and that includes myself, making the right strategy calls, pit crew guys picking up speed and just overall, this team needs to cut down on mistakes. That's what wins you championships.

Of all the types of tracks we race, I think we need to continue to improve upon our intermediate program and that includes this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. But you never know, if we can win a race in each of the segments of the Playoffs, everything will take care of itself."