Race Preview: Pocono 400

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

Event: Pocono 400
Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Track: Pocono Raceway
Location: Long Pond, PA

This Week's Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Pocono Raceway ... Ryan Newman will make his 598th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at the track known as the Tricky Triangle. In 32 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 11.3 and average finish of 12.8. In the last 10 races at the 2.5-mile track, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks seventh in most points earned.

Making a Splash ... For the third-straight year, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions are teaming up for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Home to America's Largest Indoor Waterpark, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions will serve as the primary sponsor on Ryan Newman's No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway. Plus, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions will also host RCR during both NASCAR events in Pennsylvania.

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Where's Wallace?? ... Ryan Newman and America's Largest Indoor Waterpark, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, welcome FOX Sports NASCAR talent Kenny Wallace for this week's edition of Where's Wallace. Tune in to FS1 starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday to see how big a splash these two can make in the Pocono Mountains!

Pole to Pole ... Want to go fishing with Newman and then watch him compete Labor Day weekend? Register for your chance to win a fishing trip with the Cat® Racing driver along with a VIP experience in Darlington, S.C. Enter the Pole to Pole with Ryan Newman Sweepstakes: http://bit.ly/2GliiVw.

Rescue Ranch Founder's Dinner ... Tickets are available now for the Rescue Ranch Founder's Dinner. Join Krissie 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 Pocono Raceway ... In 157 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 2,872 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 16.2. 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 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway will be televised live Sunday, June 3 beginning at 2 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 trickiest part of the Tricky Triangle?

"I think the trickiest part of Pocono has been Turn 2. There has always been some kind of tunnel bump there and it really makes it a challenge to get across it, in the gas and off the corner. That's what makes it fun."

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 make the timing on the restarts a challenge as well as getting caught up going four or five wide."