Race Preview: All Star Race

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

Event: All Star Race
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Location: Concord, NC

This Week's Grainger/Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman is eligible to race in the sport's $1 million exhibition event thanks to his victory at Phoenix Raceway in 2017. He also won the 2002 All-Star Race during his rookie season, a feat only accomplished by one other rookie driver. Saturday's event marks his 17th-straight appearance in the non-points race.

New Format ... This year, the All-Star race is 10 laps longer than 2017 and is made up of four stages consisting of 30-20-20-10 laps. Plus, there will be no mandated pit stops, no choice of different tire compounds, no eliminations and no inversions of the running order.

For the Ones Who Get It Done ... Grainger has a relentless focus on helping its customers keep their operations running and their people safe. Customers of Grainger benefit from a reliable partner who understands what they do and who comes with real solutions to their business problems. Grainger strives to offer the absolute best MRO solutions, sales and services team, and transaction process. In doing so, the company can anticipate customer requests, and provide meaningful and value-driven solutions. To learn more, visit www.grainger.com.  

Season 26 in NASCAR ... Richard Childress Racing is amid its 10th season with Caterpillar on board the No. 31 Camaro ZL1 and Cat Racing's 26th in NASCAR.  For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2017 sales and revenues of $45.462 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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Meet Newman ... On Friday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. ET, Newman is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at the MENCS stage located in the Charlotte Motor Speedway midway.

Rescue Ranch Founder's Dinner ... Tickets are available now for the Rescue Ranch Founder's Dinner. Join Krissie on June 7th for a fun evening highlighting the importance of agriculture in Iredell County and featuring fresh local food. To purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2KKbjc7.

Four All-Star Wins for RCR ... Richard Childress Racing has won four Monster Energy All-Star races, most recently in 2007 with Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt won the event in 1987, which included the legendary "Pass in the Grass." Earnhardt also went on to claim the checkered flag in 1990 and 1993.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,870 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,055 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 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 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 Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Saturday, May 19 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What was it like for you to win the All-Star Race in 2002 as a rookie?

"For me, winning the All-Star Race in 2002 was totally unexpected because we weren't even in the race. We had to race our way in. I made the cut. We got the inversion on either the first or second segment when they were eliminating cars and then got the inversion again and I was able to stay up front. We stayed out on old tires, which was crazy for Charlotte. Somehow, we were able to hold them off. It was an amazing team victory for us and unexpected."