Race Preview: Homestead 400

Race Preview: Homestead 400

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

Homestead 400
Sunday, November 18th, 2018
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, FL

This Week's E-Z-GO Camaro ZL1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 620th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes one final time for Richard Childress Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 16 Cup Series events, Newman owns 2 top-five and 6 top-10 finishes. His average start is 12.4 and average finish is 16.1. He's led 143 laps in competition. When it comes to the last 10 events at the raceway, he ranks ninth in most driver points earned.

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Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the few race tracks where team owner Richard Childress has yet to earn a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Richard Childress Racing entries have finished second on four occasions: 2003 (Kevin Harvick), 2008 (Harvick), 2009 (Jeff Burton) and 2014 (Ryan Newman). In 60 starts, RCR has earned nine top-five and 24 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile, progressively-banked oval with drivers Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Harvick, Newman, Paul Menard and Mike Skinner. Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway are the other tracks on the current Cup Series schedule where RCR is still on the hunt for hardware.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,917 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,067 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 Homestead 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be televised live Sunday, November 18 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What makes Homestead-Miami Speedway a fun place to race?

"I think it has such a great layout and design. The biggest difference are the ends of the track. Usually the way the sun hits it, Turns 3 and 4 are a big rougher than Turns 1 and 2. It makes it really fun to drive."

What is the key to success at Homestead-Miami Speedway?

"The key to Homestead is really maintaining momentum. It's a unique track and it is so important to keep your car rolling because the banking progresses as you go through the corners. When you pick up the throttle it is more rewarding at that track than any other track because you can keep building speed as you exit. Having a car that's good on entry because it is fairly flat, you are able to run up to the wall and it seems as if that's one of the most important things. The race there doesn't necessarily finish up at the wall but being good at the wall to get yourself up in good position to finish the race in the middle of the track or even the bottom is really important."