Race Preview: Pennsylvania 400

Race Preview: Pennsylvania 400

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

Event: Pennsylvania 400
Date: Sunday, July, 29, 2018
Track: Pocono Raceway
Location: Long Pond, PA

This Week's Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Pocono Raceway ... Ryan Newman will make his 604th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at the track known as the Tricky Triangle. In 33 starts at Pocono Raceway, Newman has visited victory lane in the second summer event of 2003. The "Rocket Man" also owns two pole awards. In total, he's recorded nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He has led 185 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 11.2 and average finish of 13.2. In the last 10 races at the 2.5-mile track, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks 10th 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. 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 Sunday, Newman is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy Stage located in Pocono's Midway. He'll participate in a Q & A session starting at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway ... In 159 starts at Pocono Raceway, RCR team owner Richard Childress has two wins, both with Dale Earnhardt, who won on July 19, 1987 and July 18, 1993. Additionally, RCR has earned one pole award, 16 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes with 610 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed two of those top-10 finishes under the RCR banner.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,886 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,058 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 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway will be televised live Sunday, July 29 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES

What is the most important part of that track to get right?

"The most important part of Pocono is getting off Turn 3 just because the front straightaway is so long. You have the opportunity to make up the time or lose the time if you don't get off the corner well."

What is your take on the restarts at Pocono Raceway?

"I think on the restarts at Pocono, you spend more time looking out the mirror trying to figure out what the guys behind you are doing to time themselves to lay back to get a gap, so they can get a run on you. Transmission wise, it's not ideal ... second, third and fourth gear there getting into Turn 1. A lot of guys are a little bit different so that makes the timing on the restarts a challenge as well as getting caught up going four or five wide."

RCR stays at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. It's a popular destination for your family. Talk about that.

"Kalahari is my daughters' favorite place to go when we are racing in Pocono. It is an ideal destination for families with kids of all ages to spend time together and have fun. Kalahari is a one-of-a-kind experience, and everything you could possibly want is there. I'm proud to have them as a partner and providing RCR a special place to stay after a long workday at the track."