Preview: Richmond 400

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

Event: Richmond 400
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Track: Richmond Intl. Raceway
Location: Richmond, VA

This Week's No. 31 Okuma Chevrolet SS at Richmond International Raceway ... Ryan Newman will make his 556th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the ninth event of the 2017 season. In 30 MENCS events at Richmond International Raceway, Newman visited victory lane at the fall event in 2003. The “Rocket Man” also owns one pole award from the fall of 2004. In total, he owns six top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.

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Rescue Ranch Playground Project ... Ryan and Krissie Newman are in the midst of a $400,000 fundraising and build for Rescue Ranch. It is a community-wide effort that will benefit countless children annually. The fully-inclusive playground will be 10,000 sq./ft. and encompasses a barrier-free option for children of all abilities to play together. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for June 3. For more information, please watch:

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Richmond International Raceway ... Richard Childress has nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories as a car owner at Richmond International Raceway — five with Dale Earnhardt, three with Kevin Harvick and one with Clint Bowyer. Additionally, in 160 starts at the Richmond, Va.-based track, RCR drivers have claimed 36 top-five and 67 top-10 finishes. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed three of those top-10 finishes from 1976-1978.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,757 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards, 106 wins, 477 top-five finishes and 1,034 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.

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

Youth Football Safety Clinic ... The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is sponsoring a Kids & Pros youth football safety clinic in Charlotte, N.C., on April 29 at West Charlotte High School from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Youth football players will learn Heads Up safe blocking and tackling techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players. Carolinas HealthCare System will provide sports safety information and athletic trainer support. Register now at

Catch the Action ... The Richmond 400 will be televised live Sunday, April 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What is the key to being successful at Richmond International Raceway?

"Richmond usually turns into a forward drive racetrack. You have to be able to turn in the center like every other short track but getting the power down coming off the corners is a real premium especially later in a run."

What is the hardest thing that you have had to learn at Richmond?

"It's about being able to break up the corners. You have to get the car into the corners far enough making it so it turns into the center without pushing it. Then you have to get it pointing straight so you can power off. If you power off too much while you are turning the wheel, you are going to kill the rear tires no matter how good your car is. It will ruin your day."

With having a win already this season, do you approach this race any differently because it will be the last track you go to before the playoffs start?

"For us going to Richmond is a confidence builder and carries momentum because Phoenix is a sister track to Richmond. We'll take a lot of similar ideas from Phoenix to Richmond and hopefully parlay that into a good performance as well."

What are your thoughts on Richmond's retaining walls going to be back to its vintage red?

"I'm really a fan of the vintage look. The peppermint walls are cool to me."