Race Preview: Auto Club 400

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

Event:  Auto Club 400
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Track: Auto Club Speedway
Location: Fontana, CA

This Week's Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Auto Club Speedway ... Newman will make his 589th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes in the fifth event of the 2018 season and the final of three NASCAR Goes West races. In 23 MENCS events at Auto Club Speedway, Newman owns one pole and has earned five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His best result of third place was in the May 2004 race. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.3 and average finish of 16.6. When calculating points earned over the last eight races at Auto Club Speedway, Newman ranks third in most points earned.

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Current Standings ... After starting 13th and leading a total of 23 laps in the closing laps before relinquishing the lead and pitting with 22 laps remaining, Newman's solid run equated to an 11th place finish at ISM Raceway. The No. 31 team now ranks 13th in the driver championship standings, just 22 markers out of the top 10. 

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Auto Club Speedway ... In 86 overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, RCR Chevrolet teams have earned one win (Kevin Harvick - 2011), two pole awards (Mike Skinner - April 2000, Austin Dillon - 2016), 12 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. RCR has a 19.6 average starting position and a 16.5 average finishing position at the moderately-banked D-shaped race track.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,853 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 5969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,052 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. 

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ... Chevrolet, the winningest brand in motorsports, debuts the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this season. The Camaro ZL1 is the most advanced Chevrolet Cup Car ever developed and is also the most authentic, featuring rear-wheel drive, a fuel injected V8 engine and a manual gear box.

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 Auto Club 400 will be televised live Sunday, March 18 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


What are your thoughts heading into this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway?

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Our 31 team has shown we've got the speed this year. If we hadn't had the tire problem at Atlanta, I think we were the car to beat. Vegas was a little bit of a challenge and yet we still finished 11th. Phoenix we led more laps than we did in Atlanta, and frankly, we were pretty fast. Our team just needs to eliminate some of the mistakes we are making on pit road. We are by far, better than we were last year so I'm looking forward to building upon all our momentum and turning in a flawless performance this weekend. If we can do that, I feel it will translate into a win for us."