Race Preview: AAA Texas 500

Race Preview: AAA Texas 500

Ryan Newman, No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Race Notes and Quotes

AAA Texas 500
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX

This Week's Caterpillar Next Gen Excavator Camaro ZL1 at Texas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 618th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes one final time this season in the Lone Star State. In 30 Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, he's visited Victory Lane in the spring of 2003. The Rocket Man also won the pole for both Cup Series events in 2005 to complete the sweep. In total, he owns three top-five and six top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 16.5 and average finish of 19.0.

Game Changer ... Check out the Next Generation of Cat Mini Excavators, the first excavators to deliver meaningful differentiation in decades!! Game changing innovations in operator experience, performance, and simplified service are the cornerstone of these machines, all offered with affordability in mind. The new 1-2 ton and 7-10-ton Next Generation Mini Excavators are equipped with innovative and never before seen new features inspired by customer needs. With these new machines, for the first time, customers can track a mini excavator like a skid steer using a new feature called "Stick Steer" that allows operators to use the excavator joystick for travel instead of cumbersome pedals and travel levers! For the first time in the 1-2-ton size class, operators can enjoy a sealed and pressurized cab with optional air conditioning, and all around service on the machine has been simplified with an industry first tilt-up cab!  Additionally, Next Generation Excavators come will full color advanced monitors with optional Bluetooth and hands-free capability. To learn more about the Next Generation Mini Excavators and all of the new and innovative features, please check out the following videos:

1-2 Ton- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF2ooJcUU80

7-10 Ton- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAVGj-P51c4

Meet Ryan ... Newman is scheduled to sign greet fans at the Team Chevy stage located in the Texas Motor Speedway fan midway on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. local time.

Richard Childress Racing at Texas Motor Speedway ... In 105 starts at Texas Motor Speedway dating back to 1997, RCR has recorded one win (Jeff Burton, April 2007), eight top-five and 31 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. Prior to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural season in 1997, Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the now defunct Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams boast an average starting position of 19.3, an average finishing position of 17.6 and have completed 33,937 of the 35,019 contested laps (96.9 percent) with 148 laps led at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth-based race track.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,913 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,065 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.2. 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 www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages - http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.

Catch the Action ... The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, November 4 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Caterpillar is bringing quite a few Cat Racing fans to Texas. This weekend you are sporting a special paint scheme. Thoughts?

"It's my understanding we will have almost 400 people coming to Texas on behalf of Caterpillar and Caterpillar Building Construction Products (BCP). It's a big weekend for them considering we're introducing the Next Gen Mini Excavators to guests at Texas Motor Speedway where they will see firsthand how impressive the excavators are with on-site demonstrations. Plus, I'll get to play a part by driving the paint scheme that our race fans will get to see. What I like about this car is that customers of BCP were given the chance to provide their input on this piece of equipment in an effort to help them do their jobs better and efficiently, with of course, safety in mind. If you look our decklid, the names of almost 40 people and companies who were involved in the design process is listed. To me, that's what makes this deal impressive."

What are your thoughts on Texas Motor Speedway?

"What I like about Texas Motor Speedway is it provides drivers with a lot of options. You can move around and find a line that your car responds to and it's really versatile, so you can get around somebody. It's also fast- really fast - so aero is also an important part of it. With it being one of the older tracks on the circuit asphalt-wise, the racing is always good for both the drivers and the fans watching in the stands and on television. I hope they leave the track's surface alone."