August 9, 2017

Newman will make his 572nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan. In 32 Cup Series events at MIS, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall 2003 and spring 2004 events. The "Rocket Man" also owns a pole award. In total, he's recorded five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has led 113 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.4 and average finish of 16.6. And in four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the speedway, he has visited victory lane two times (2001, 2005).
Winner, Winner ... Newman has punched his ticket to the MENCS playoffs with a victory at Phoenix Raceway on March 19th in the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet. The win equates to the driver's 18th-career Cup Series victory and RCR's 106th.
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With 22 races in the books, what has been your strengths this season?
"Just fighting hard and racing smart especially at some of the restrictor-plate tracks. We got ourselves top fives when maybe our car wasn't as good and playing it smart by not racing at the wrong times. We did what we had to do at the right time. I think that's going to have to happen again at Talladega so I hope we have learned enough to keep doing it."
Is there an area that this team is still working on to get better before the Playoffs start?
"Just raw speed. I think we need to improve on just about everything. You have to continue to improve on everything and that includes myself, making the right strategy calls, pit crew guys picking up speed and just overall, this team needs to cut down on mistakes. That's what wins you championships.
"Of all the types of tracks we race, I think we need to continue to improve upon our intermediate program and that includes this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. But you never know, if we can win a race in each of the segments of the Playoffs, everything will take care of itself."

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