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2014 Kansas: Ryan Newman NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 07, 2014 - 04:45 PM
2014 Kansas: Ryan Newman NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Kwikset Chevrolet SS at Kansas Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 462 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Chassis No. 462 was utilized by Newman at Auto Club Speedway this year producing a qualifying effort of 16th and a finish of 20th in March. The No. 31 team also used it in the April 9 Goodyear Tire Test at Michigan International Speedway.


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Newman at Kansas ... Newman will make his 451st NASCAR Sprint Cup start when the series competes at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Kansas, Newman visited victory lane at this event 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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Kwikset Brand Ambassador: Tom Jensen ... Throughout the Kansas 400 race weekend, Tom Jensen of FOXSports.com will serve as a brand ambassador for Kwikset by joining the No. 31 crew for behind-the-scenes coverage. Jensen will share insights on his social media channels, as well as FOXSports.com.

Media Availability ... Newman will be accessible to media at Kansas Speedway when he stops by the media center on Friday at 2:45 p.m. Central Time.

Point of Interest ... Newman ranks ninth in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing the current leader by 48 points, entering the 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of 2014.

Race Rewind ... Last season, at Kansas, Newman appeared to be en route to his fifth top-10 of the season before the handling went away on his Chevrolet in the closing laps. It resulted in a 14th-place finish.

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What are your thoughts on racing under the lights at Kansas especially with having a win there under your belt?
"Everyone enjoys racing under the lights. I certainly do and I think we can return to victory lane there this weekend with the No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet. It's a different deal now because the track has been repaved and it is so much faster. I think it is going to be an amazing race track with progressive banking once it ages out to the point where we can use the entire track. I really don't know what to expect this weekend after a winter's worth of weather beating up the race track a little bit. I expect our Kwikset Chevrolet to be competitive. When we look at the RCR history at the track, especially scoring the pole and victory back in the fall race, I feel like the entire organization has the potential to bring home a win on Saturday night and I think we have some added confidence when we pull through the gates this week."

We've raced at 1.5-mile tracks already like Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. What are your thoughts about racing at Kansas?
"I think Kansas is a track all its own. With the new asphalt and the different aggregates they have at the different race tracks now, even if it's a 1.5-mile track, there is a lot of difference between them and you have to really approach each track as its own unique entity."

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