|Ryan Newman is 40/1 to win Saturday night at Kansas|
No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Kwikset Chevrolet SS at Kansas Speedway … Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 462 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Chassis No. 462 was utilized by Newman at Auto Club Speedway this year producing a qualifying effort of 16th and a finish of 20th in March. The No. 31 team also used it in the April 9 Goodyear Tire Test at Michigan International Speedway.
Newman at Kansas … Newman will make his 451st NASCAR Sprint Cup start when the series competes at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Kansas, Newman visited victory lane at this event in the fall of 2003. In total, he owns three top-five and four top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native holds an average starting position of 14th and average finish of 19th. He has led 122 laps in competition.
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Kwikset Brand Ambassador: Tom Jensen … Throughout the Kansas 400 race weekend, Tom Jensen of FOXSports.com will serve as a brand ambassador for Kwikset by joining the No. 31 crew for behind-the-scenes coverage. Jensen will share insights on his social media channels, as well as FOXSports.com.
Point of Interest … Newman ranks ninth in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing the current leader by 48 points, entering the 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of 2014.
Race Rewind … Last season, at Kansas, Newman appeared to be en route to his fifth top-10 of the season before the handling went away on his Chevrolet in the closing laps. It resulted in a 14th-place finish.
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RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing under the lights at Kansas especially with having a win there under your belt?
“Everyone enjoys racing under the lights. I certainly do and I think we can return to victory lane there this weekend with the No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet. It’s a different deal now because the track has been repaved and it is so much faster. I think it is going to be an amazing race track with progressive banking once it ages out to the point where we can use the entire track. I really don’t know what to expect this weekend after a winter’s worth of weather beating up the race track a little bit. I expect our Kwikset Chevrolet to be competitive. When we look at the RCR history at the track, especially scoring the pole and victory back in the fall race, I feel like the entire organization has the potential to bring home a win on Saturday night and I think we have some added confidence when we pull through the gates this week.”
We’ve raced at 1.5-mile tracks already like Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. What are your thoughts about racing at Kansas?
“I think Kansas is a track all its own. With the new asphalt and the different aggregates they have at the different race tracks now, even if it’s a 1.5-mile track, there is a lot of difference between them and you have to really approach each track as its own unique entity.”
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