Race Preview: South Point 400

Race Preview: South Point 400

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

Event: South Point 400
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Location: Las Vegas, NV

This Week's Liberty National ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will make his 611th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes at the 1.5-mile speedway this weekend. In 18 Cup Series events, Newman owns one pole award (2005) along with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His best result of third came in 2015 with Richard Childress Racing in the Caterpillar Chevrolet. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.6 and average finish of 15.9. He's led a total of 112 laps in competition. In the last 10 races at LVMS, Newman ranks ninth in most Cup points earned.

They're Back ... Ryan Newman, a Liberty National Life Insurance Company policyholder, will feature the Liberty National paint scheme on the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Liberty National has been in the insurance industry since 1900 and offers affordable life and supplemental health insurance to middle-income Americans through in-home and workplace sales. With local offices throughout the United States, Liberty National's Agency Owners will be featured on the hood of the No. 31 car in each of its primary races. Liberty National, Ryan Newman, and Richard Childress Racing share an admiration and appreciation for veterans who have served to protect our country. Liberty National hires former military and is proud to have many veterans call Liberty National their career homes today. Visit LNLCareers.com/Atlanta to learn more about career opportunities with Liberty National.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... In 62 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned 10 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes with eight different drivers - Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Mike Skinner.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,898 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,061 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. 

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ... Chevrolet, the winningest brand in motorsports, debuts the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this season. The Camaro ZL1 is the most advanced Chevrolet Cup Car ever developed and is also the most authentic, featuring rear-wheel drive, a fuel injected V8 engine and a manual gear box.

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 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, September 16 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


What is the key or keys to running well at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

"It seems like in order to be successful you need to get through the bumps in Turns 1 and 2. And then you have to have a good overall balance in Turns 3 and 4 as well as getting your splitter right. Raw speed and horsepower are always important because of the banking and the size of the track but ride and drivability are needed in order to have the ability to pass."

What is the most difficult thing to figure out?

"It's all about getting the car to ride good through Turns 1 and 2. It's just because the front straightaway has so much of an arc to it. If you carry good speed through Turns 1 and 2, it just makes the back straightaway that much longer."