Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ryan Newman Chase hopes looking good heading into Talladega

Ryan Newman is 30/1 to win this week at Talladega
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 446 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Chassis No. 446 was utilized in the Daytona 500 on February 23 at Daytona International Speedway where the No. 31 team finished 22nd after being involved in two multi-car accidents.

Newman at Talladega … Newman will make his 472nd NASCAR Sprint Cup start when the series embarks on its fourth and final restrictor-plate race of the season at Talladega Superspeedway. In total, he owns four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 22nd. His best start of second came in the fall of 2012, while his best finish of third took place in the spring of 2009.

Featured Caterpillar Dealers … Thompson Tractor Company, Inc., Puckett Machinery Company and Louisiana Cat will be featured on the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

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#NewmanNation …Newman is ranked fourth and just 11 markers out of the lead heading into the third and final race in the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Race Rewind … Earlier this year, Newman started sixth but was collected in a multi-car crash on lap 186. After repairs, the No. 31 driver restarted 26th and made a late-race charge to earn an 18th -place finish.

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.

Rescue Ranch … On October 25th, 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.


Will there be added pressure on you racing in Talladega?

“I don’t think there is more pressure, I think there are more questions. We saw some guys at Kansas and Charlotte who had some misfortune that are guys who don’t usually have issues like the 88, the 2 and the 48. Those guys have their work cut out for them. Talladega is left and you have three guys in trouble. There is going to be some different approaches no doubt at Talladega, but I don’t see it as added pressure. I still take the same approach to the first Talladega as I do the second Talladega. You’re still racing for points and positions, and obviously a win to keep yourself in the Chase and on to the next bracket.”

With the style of racing at Talladega, do you agree it should be a cut-off race?
“It doesn’t matter, it is what it is. I don’t know if there is an answer. We could see 188 laps of green-flag racing. It’s happened before and it could happen again. You never know if there is going to be a big crash, if it’s going to be your fault or if you’re going to get caught up in someone else’s mess. There’s no answer to it, it is what it is. It’s part of the Chase. It is the last race of the Chase, but no difference in the first race or the last race. You still have the opportunity.”

What’s one word that describes the Talladega race?

- Richard Childress Racing

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