Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Newman on Kentucky Saturday night: “I love racing under the lights just about anywhere"

Ryan Newman is 50/1 to win on Saturday at Kentucky 
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Kentucky Speedway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 441 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Chassis No. 441 has competed in three Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 producing two top-10 finishes (Phoenix International Raceway – seventh and Darlington Raceway – 10th). Newman also utilized the chassis in Dover where he ran in the top 10 before a mechanical issue ended the solid effort.

Newman in the Bluegrass State … In three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the 1.5-mile track, Newman owns one top-five and one top-10 finish. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10th and average finish of 17th.

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Point of Interest … Newman ranks eighth in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, just 39 markers out of fifth. He trails the current leader by 107 points entering the 17th event on the schedule, the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.

Where’s Ryan? … On Saturday, Newman is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the Sprint Experience at 3:50 p.m. ET located in the Kentucky Speedway midway.

Race Rewind … Last season, Newman was on mark for a top-10 finish but a late-race caution lined him up in the wrong spot ,despite a discussion with NASCAR. The driver did his best to regain lost spots, but was relegated to a 14th-place finish.

Team Test … This week, the No. 31 team participated in a test at Nashville Speedway on Tuesday.


What are your thoughts on racing under the lights at Kentucky?

“I love racing under the lights just about anywhere. I think it’s cool in Kentucky. I like that it has character and it has bumps. It is one of our one offs, so-to-speak. I think it falls at the most pivotal time in our season as far as racing to the Chase. Where you finish can make a big difference. I know the No. 31 Chevrolet was fast there last season, so I hope we can take what was done last season and improve upon it to be even better.”

What produces fast laps at Kentucky?
“Kentucky Speedway is one big circle. The trickiest part at Kentucky is Turn 3. Everything else has a pretty good radius to it. It’s a big straightaway from Turn 3 all the way back to Turn 1.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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