Race Preview: Go Bowling at the Glen

Race Preview: Go Bowling at the Glen

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

Event: Go Bowling at the Glen
Date: Sunday, August, 5, 2018
Track: Watkins Glen International
Location: Watkins Glen, NY

This Week's Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Watkins Glen International ... Ryan Newman will make his 605th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at the second road-course event of the season at Watkins Glen International. In 16 NASCAR Cup Series events at The Glen, Newman has recorded one top-five and 3 top-10 finishes. He has led 20 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 11.3 and average finish of 17.8.

Welcome Aboard ... Lucas Oil Products, a long-term partner with Richard Childress Racing and the official motor oil of ECR Engines and a technical partner to both RCR and ECR engines, will serve as the primary partner on the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Ryan Newman in this weekend's race at Watkins Glen International.

Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a west coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Our events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MAVTV, and Live all season long on LucasOilRacing.TV. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course! For more information, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter in our Newsletter Signup section of the home page.

Tune-In Alert ... On Sunday, Newman is scheduled appear on NASCAR RaceDay on FS1. Tune in starting at 1 p.m. ET to hear the latest news from the No. 31 team and the momentum the team is carrying after two straight weeks of finishing in the top-10.

Richard Childress Racing at "The Glen" ... In 71 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International, RCR boasts two wins (Robby Gordon 2003 and Kevin Harvick 2006), eight top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Dale Earnhardt won three poles (1990, '92, '96) at the high-speed, seven-turn, upstate New York facility.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,888 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. 

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 Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen International will be televised live Sunday, August 5 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


What makes Watkins Glen International so unique?

"Watkins Glen is definitely the faster of the two road courses, so the speed there is definitely up compared to what we felt at Sonoma Raceway. The speed is the biggest adjustment we have to make. I think for our trip this time, it's all about getting adjusted to the new asphalt, the new grip level and the new tire combination."

What is the one thing you and your team will have to focus on?

"We really don't know how racy the track is going to be. Usually new asphalt lends itself to a single groove, so it's been awhile since we've been to a road course that's been repaved. The tire and asphalt combination and how well we can race will dictate our strategy, our pit strategy and what we are planning to do when we race the last lap."