Race Preview: Firekeepers Casino

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

Event: Firekeepers Casino 400
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Location: Brooklyn, MI

This Week's Okuma Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Michigan International Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 599th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan. In 33 Cup Series 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 13.8 and average finish of 16.2. 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 sixth in most championship points earned.

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Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway ... In 167 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 2,874 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 16.2. 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 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised live Sunday, June 10 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What is the hardest thing to figure out at Michigan International Speedway?

"The hardest thing for us to figure out at Michigan is having a good balance in Turns 1 and 2 and then having the same good balance in Turns 3 and 4. I think Michigan is more challenging as far as getting both ends to handle well versus getting all three corners right at Pocono Raceway."

What's your favorite memory racing at Michigan?

"To me it's been always special for me because it used to fall on Father's Day weekend. It was an opportunity to go to a track that I considered to be my home track, mileage wise. Back in the day, if a kid from Indiana wanted to go to a stock car race, Michigan was the destination. Getting the chance to go back there and winning a race for my dad was what was so special of a place to me."