Race Preview: KC Masterpiece 400

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

Event: KC Masterpiece 400
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Track: Kansas Speedway
Location: Kansas City, KS

This Week's Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 596th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at Kansas Speedway. In 24 Cup Series events at Kansas, Newman visited victory lane in the fall of 2003. In total, he owns three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native holds an average starting position of 13.7 and average finish of 18.2. He has led 128 laps in competition. In the last 10 events at the 1.5-mile speedway, Newman ranks 9th in most points earned.

Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day ... Newman, an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and conservationist will have Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's on board the No. 31 Camaro ZL1 for select races in 2018 including this weekend at Kanas Speedway. Bass Pro Shops is North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's to create a "best-of-the-best" experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America's Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as "one of America's Best Employers."

Meet Newman ... On Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. local time, Newman is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at Cabela's located across from the track at 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.

Rescue Ranch Founder's Dinner ... Tickets are available now for the Rescue Ranch Founder's Dinner. Join Krissie and Ryan Newman on June 7th for a fun evening highlighting the importance of agriculture in Iredell County and featuring fresh local food. To purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2KKbjc7.

Richard Childress Racing at Kansas Speedway ... In 76 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win, visiting victory lane in 2013 with Kevin Harvick, among five top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,868 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 16.1. 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. 

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 KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway will be televised live Saturday, May 12 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What is the key to being successful at Kansas Speedway?

"The key to being successful at Kansas is all about carrying good corner speed because it seems like even with the front straightaway being so round and the transition getting into Turn 1, you need to be able to keep the car in that arc. You also need good horsepower and the ability to move around when you can. The track has continually gotten better each time we've gone back there since it was repaved a few years ago."

With it being a Saturday night race, what will it mean to be able to spend Mother's Day at home?

"I think everyone in the garage knows how important it is to celebrate Mother's Day at home and not at the track. There are a few mothers out there that don't mind, but a lot of them that do. From my mom's standpoint as well as my wife's, it so nice to be home and spend the day together as a family."