|Ryan Newman is 40/1 to win for second time at Martinsville|
No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Martinsville Speedway … Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 490 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend. The No. 31 team tested with this car last week in a two-day Richard Childress Racing Cup team test at the .526-mile track.
Newman at the Paperclip … In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Martinsville Speedway, Newman visited victory lane at this event in 2012. The Rocket Man also owns three pole awards … all happening in the fall events in 2002, ’04 and ’09. In total, he owns seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes along with 194 laps led in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 9.7 and average finish of 15.5. When calculating points earned over the last 10 races at the half-mile track, Newman ranks 10th in points earned.
Engineered to Amaze … Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s fourth largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power for four consecutive years in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 11 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 8,500 of its 10,000-plus team members work in the city’s urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit www.quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
Drive Home a Winner … Quicken Loans’ latest sweepstakes, “Drive Home a Winner” awards one lucky winner both a brand-new Chevrolet SS and a year’s worth of mortgage payments. The sweepstakes, open to those 18 and older, is a collaboration between General Motors and Quicken Loans. Fans can enter by visiting www.qlracing.com.
#NewmanNation … With a fifth-place showing at Talladega Superspeedway, Newman transfers into the Eliminator Round. The point standings for the Eliminator eight drivers have been reset with all eligible competitors in a tie for the lead with 4000 points each.
Race Rewind … Earlier this year in the No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, Newman started 16th and with 150 laps to go, reported a possible mechanical issue with the No. 31 machine. Newman remained competitive en route to 20th-place finish.
Rescue Ranch … This Saturday, the Rescue Ranch will be in full swing for its annual Fall Festival andInauguralRun, The Ranch 5K Mud Run. At the Fall Festival, come and meet some of the education animals, take a hayride, paint a pumpkin, listen to live music, watch the Food Truck Throw Down competition and enjoy lots of fun fall activities. Plus, if you want to break a sweat, sign up for the Inaugural Run The Ranch 5K Mud Run benefitting Rescue Ranch and Hope For The Warriors®. Participants will make their way through a set of eight different obstacles that will include mud pits, hay mounds, tunnels, ropes and more. For details and to register visit: http://www.rescueranch.com/special-events.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing at Martinsville and it being the first race in the Eliminator Round?
“Martinsville Speedway is a fun track to drive when you have a car that allows you to look out the front window. If you are spending too much time looking in the mirror and can’t get in the corner, you are going to have a nightmare of a day. Looking at where this race lands in the Chase, all of the races are equally important when you do the math. There are outside, situational circumstances like a wreck that you can be involved in. That applies to any track but I think Martinsville has a higher potential for a wreck to happen in comparison to some of the 1.5-mile tracks we go to for example. Obviously, you never know what’s going to happen. So we’ll just have to wait and see and hope for the best. We had a decent test at Martinsville last week that answered some of the questions we had so I hope we can be one of those teams up front and in contention for the win.”
What was it like to win at Martinsville in 2012?
“It was one of those deals where you have to keep yourself in contention. I was fifth after getting two tires on a restart. I got a pretty good launch and I was going to dive underneath Clint Bowyer and he blocked me so we made contact into Turn 1. In the end, it collected three cars and gave me the lead. We had another good restart and ended up winning the race. It was awesome for me and it was awesome to get that grandfather clock and know that you are a part of NASCAR history at Martinsville Speedway forever. It was really special.”
- Richard Childress Racing