Race Preview: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

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

Event: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500
Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Location: Hampton, GA

This Week's No. 31 Liberty National Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Newman will make his 586th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes at the second event of the 2018 season. In 25 MENCS events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Newman owns seven pole awards, including sweeping six-straight poles encompassing the 2003 to 2005 Cup seasons. He owns two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His best results of fifth place came in 2013 and at the spring 2004 event. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 7.0 and average finish of 17.9. He's led a total of 178 laps in competition. In the Camping World Trucks Series, he captured the victory in the fall 2008 race.

Current Standings ... After finishing eighth in the season opener, the Daytona 500, Newman and the No. 31 team rank eighth in the driver championship standings. 

Welcome Aboard ... Ryan Newman, a Liberty National Life Insurance Company policyholder, will feature the Liberty National paint scheme on the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for select races in 2018, beginning in Atlanta. Liberty National has been in the insurance industry since 1900 and offers affordable life and supplemental health insurance to middle-income Americans through in-home and workplace sales. With local offices throughout the United States, Liberty National's Agency Owners will be featured on the hood of the No. 31 car in each of its primary races. Liberty National, Ryan Newman, and Richard Childress Racing share an admiration and appreciation for veterans who have served to protect our country. Liberty National hires former military and is proud to have many veterans call Liberty National their career homes today. Visit: LNLCareers.com/Atlanta to learn more about career opportunities with Liberty National.

Meet Newman ... On Sunday, Newman can be seen on Atlanta Motor Speedway's Midway starting at 10:35 a.m. ET at the Team Chevy stage for a question and answer session. At 10:55 a.m. ET on behalf of Coca-Cola, he is scheduled to participate in TrackSide at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip stage. 

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Atlanta Motor Speedway... In 143 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has earned nine wins and three pole awards, including Kevin Harvick's emotional victory in the Cracker Barrel 500 on March 11, 2001. Dale Earnhardt won eight times at the Hampton, Georgia-based track under the RCR banner. Additionally, RCR boasts 29 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes at AMS and RCR-prepared Chevrolets have led 2,938 laps at the ultra-fast, 1.54-mile oval. Richard Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, recorded his best finish at AMS, ninth, in the Atlanta Journal 500 on Nov. 2, 1980.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,848 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, 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 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be televised live Sunday, Feb. 25 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


What are your thoughts after RCR's Daytona 500 victory and your top-10 finish to start the season?

"It's a great way to start the season that is for sure! I wanted to make sure Austin (Dillon) knew how happy and proud I was for and of him when I went out there to see him at the start-finish line. I wanted to win again on the 20th anniversary of RCR's last Daytona 500 win especially after the fact that I won on the 10th anniversary. It's so crazy how things fall into place. Earnhardt won the 40th Daytona 500. I won the 50th and now Austin has won the 60th running of theDaytona 500. This victory is awesome for RCR and ECR and all our partners. To get a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Victory Lane right away, that was special as well. For the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's team, we just weren't in the right place at the right time and got caught up in a little bit of a mess, and that was it. We just finished with a bunch of damage, but we still finished eighth." 

What are your thoughts heading into Atlanta?

"For me, Atlanta Motor Speedway will be a true litmus test of the performance you are potentially going to have for the season or at least tell you what you need to still work on or what you have been successful at in the off-season preparations. It doesn't always equate to how well you are going to do at Martinsville Speedway, the road courses or anything else like that, but those intermediate tracks that make up half of our season and most of the Playoffs, it's a super important gauge for us."

Do you believe in momentum in this sport?

"Absolutely! If you leave Daytona with momentum like RCR has it absolutely has a positive effect on us. Momentum is dependent on your last lap really. It can certainly change really quickly, but the consistency behind it is very powerful and if you have three or four top-fives in a row, that's huge no matter what track you are at and where you go to next."