Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ryan Newman on Kansas: "It takes a lot of power"

Ryan Newman is 40/1 to win at Kansas on Sunday
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Kansas Speedway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 486 in Sunday’s 400-mile event. This chassis is brand new and will debut duringFriday’s on-track activities at the speedway.

Career Stats at Kansas … In 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Kansas, Newman visited victory lane 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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Cut to the Chase …Newman is ranked ninth heading into the second round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Kansas marks the first of three races in the Contender Round.

Race Rewind … Earlier this season, Newman recorded an 11th-place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway.

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How much does Kansas Speedway change from the spring race to the fall event?

“It all depends on the weather. I think it will be the biggest decision factor on determining what the racing is going to be like. I think it’s going to be good to see the track with another summer aging it. I think the racing is going to be even better.”

What does it take to run well?
“The track is super smooth and super fast. It takes a lot of power. You spend so much time wide open and it will take a well-balanced car.”

How important will this race be in the Contender Round knowing that Talladega is one of the three races?
“Kansas Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway are going to be so important for us to do well in this segment because Talladega is going to be such a crap shoot. It sure would be nice to win Kansas or Charlotte to take Talladega totally out of the mix.”

How would you rank the performance of the No. 31 team so far in The Chase?
“We’ve certainly gone through some adversity with the tire issue at Chicagoland Speedway and having a damaged car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After New Hampshire, we were still able to move up four positions in the points so we’ve done well. It’s all about being able to close the deal in each segment and we certainly did that at Dover. I cannot say enough about the team effort to get our Dover car to the point that we could contend for a transfer spot and finish top 10.I really like our positioning now. We are on an absolutely even playing field. There are no wins, no bonus points, nothing right now. We have a better shot now than we ever did.”

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