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2014 Las Vegas: Ryan Newman NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Mar 05, 2014 - 06:16 AM
2014 Las Vegas: Ryan Newman NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 456 in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new and will take to the track for the first time on Thursday when NASCAR holds a test session at the 1.5-mile speedway.


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Newman in Sin City ... In 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Newman owns one pole award (2005) along with three top-five and six top-10 finishes. His best results of fourth place came in 2012 and 2002. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12th and average finish of 18th. He's led a total of 98 laps in competition.

Get to the Points ... Newman ranks 15th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Meet Newman ... Newman is scheduled to participate in an autograph session at the South Point Hotel and Casino on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Featured Caterpillar Dealers ... Kramer Ltd., Pon Cat, Finning and Wyoming Machinery Company will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS this weekend in the Kobalt 400.

• Kramer Ltd. is the Caterpillar dealer for the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Since the company's founding in 1944, Kramer Ltd. has grown to offer complete parts, sales and service facilities in Regina, Saskatoon, Tisdale, Estevan, Swift Current, Kindersley and Battleford, serving the industries of road building, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, electric power generation, material handling, and forestry. With over 300,000 square feet of space at their locations throughout the province, Kramer has the room to serve customers and their expertly trained technicians ensure the job is done right. For more information, visitwww.kramer.ca.

• Pon Cat is the Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Cat dealer. Pon Equipment and Pon Power focuses on the marketing, sales, rental and distribution of Cat earthmoving equipment, Cat marine engines, generators, emergency power generators, and diesel engines for various industrial applications. For more information, visit www.pon-cat.com.

• Finning (Canada) is a division of Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Finning (Canada) sells, rents and provides customer support services for Caterpillar equipment and engines in British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories and a portion of Nunavut. They serve a diverse range of industrial markets, including mining, forestry, construction, pipeline/oil field construction, agriculture, government sector, marine, transportation, fisheries, and the commercial transport industry. For more information, visitwww.finning.ca.

• Wyoming Machinery Company supports three of Wyoming's major industries - mining, construction, and oil & gas - in addition to many others. Each of our five branches focuses on one or more of these major industries. The Casper branch serves the markets for mining, petroleum, on-highway trucks, construction, and governmental business. At the Cheyenne branch, the focus is on-highway trucks and general construction. The Rock Springs branch is similar to our Cheyenne branch with the addition of serving the oil & gas customers in southwest Wyoming. We now have two branches in Gillette serving the mining industry, as well as the oil & gas and heavy construction industries." For more information, visit www.wyomingcat.com.
Build a Bracket. Win a Billion ... Quicken Loans is hosting the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. The Detroit-based mortgage lender is offering a chance to win a billion dollars to any eligible participant who enters the contest and predicts the winners of every game in this March's men's college basketball championship. Plus, Quicken Loans will be awarding a total of $2 million for the 20 best "imperfect" brackets. The entry period for the contest is now through March 20th. For more information, and to register, visit: www.quickenloansbracket.com.

About Caterpillar ... For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc., has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Power Systems - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.More information is available at: www.caterpillar.com.

Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman started 14th before a mechanical issue ended his day early resulting in a 38th-place finish.

What are you expecting at the 1.5-mile tracks now that we go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"We've done a little bit of testing between Charlotte Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway and tracks like that. so I think Las Vegas Motor Speedway is going to be extremely important; especially not knowing what the weather is going to be like. We seem to be pulling rain wherever we go. But, just getting a good vibe for what is our backbone core of racing on the 1.5-mile race tracks is going to be important for everybody at Vegas."

How important is an extra four hours of testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"I think it's important. I think it's important to know how your car is and how comfortable you are as a driver. It kind of gives you a different perspective on how you need to unload the race car on Friday. Do you need to spend more time in race trim or in qualifying trim? The extra little bit of laps is good for giving you a heads-up."

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