This Week’s Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Pocono Raceway

Ryan Newman will make his 604th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at the track known as the Tricky Triangle. In 33 starts at Pocono Raceway, Newman has visited victory lane in the second summer event of 2003. The “Rocket Man” also owns two pole awards. In total, he’s recorded nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He has led 185 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 11.2 and average finish of 13.2. In the last 10 races at the 2.5-mile track, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks 10th in most points earned.

Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day … Newman, an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and conservationist will have Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s on board the No. 31 Camaro ZL1 for select races in 2018. Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

Meet Newman … On Sunday, Newman is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy Stage located in Pocono’s Midway. He’ll participate in a Q & A session starting at 11:45 a.m. ET.


What is the most important part of that track to get right?

“The most important part of Pocono is getting off Turn 3 just because the front straightaway is so long. You have the opportunity to make up the time or lose the time if you don’t get off the corner well.”

What is your take on the restarts at Pocono Raceway?

“I think on the restarts at Pocono, you spend more time looking out the mirror trying to figure out what the guys behind you are doing to time themselves to lay back to get a gap, so they can get a run on you. Transmission wise, it’s not ideal … second, third and fourth gear there getting into Turn 1. A lot of guys are a little bit different so that makes the timing on the restarts a challenge as well as getting caught up going four or five wide.”

RCR stays at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. It’s a popular destination for your family. Talk about that.

“Kalahari is my daughters’ favorite place to go when we are racing in Pocono. It is an ideal destination for families with kids of all ages to spend time together and have fun. Kalahari is a one-of-a-kind experience, and everything you could possibly want is there. I’m proud to have them as a partner and providing RCR a special place to stay after a long workday at the track.”