Race Preview: Consumer Energy 400

Race Preview: Consumer Energy 400

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

Event: Consumers Energy 400
Date: Sunday, August, 12, 2018
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Location: Brooklyn, MI

This Week's No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Michigan International Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 606th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when we return to the Irish Hills of Michigan. In 34 Cup 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 six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has led 113 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.7 and average finish of 16.4. And in four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the speedway, he has visited victory lane two times (2001, 2005). In the last 10 events at MIS, Newman ranks 10th in most championship points earned.

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Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway ... In 169 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 24 top-five and 57 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 2,890 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,059 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. 

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 Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised live Sunday, August 12 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.. 


In the last five races, it appears like the No. 31 team is finally trending in the right direction. What is your mindset now on trying to earn a spot in the Playoffs?

"Just like anyone else, we are trying to win. We've been trying to win all season. It's been a challenge, no doubt on different levels. In five weeks, we've had three top-10 finishes. We've been better than we have been but, been struggling in some areas. The guys have really pulled it together, but still not to the point where we need to be, but we're definitely making big gains. Everyone at RCR and ECR have been working very hard, myself included to try to get to Victory Lane. Up until the cut-off race we have to be able to put everything together. It includes pit strategy, the stage breaks, but overall, we've got to do our best to get the most points possible. We have to do everything we can to get as many stage points we can and obviously be there at the end to contend for the win."

What has your team been working on to improve your season?

"The biggest thing we've been working on with the new Camaro ZL1 is really the downforce. We've been working on getting the car to stick to the racetrack. You can have all the power in the world, and all the right springs and shocks in it but if the car is not getting pushed down then you aren't going to win. Realistically that's been one of the focuses and we've made some gains. I think a lot of other teams have too. Collectively, we're digging in and working hard. We have to do that. This is a very humbling sport and there is only one winner in the end and 39 losers. We've been beat down pretty hard, but we still have our chin up. We've been focused on trying to get that victory."