This Week’s Caterpillar Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway

Ryan Newman will make his 616th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at the second and final Kansas Speedway event of the season. In 25 Cup Series events at Kansas, Newman visited victory lane in the fall of 2003. In total, he owns three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native holds an average starting position of 13.7 and average finish of 18.7. He has led 128 laps in competition.

Season 26 in NASCAR and counting … Richard Childress Racing is enjoying its 10th season with Caterpillar on board the No. 31 Camaro ZL1 and Cat Racing’s 26th in NASCAR.  If you are in Peoria, Illinois, visit the Caterpillar Visitors Center to see the newest exhibit, SPEED.  For tickets and details, visit

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Featured Caterpillar Dealer …

NMC is the featured Cat dealer for this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway.

As one of the longest operating Caterpillar dealerships, NMC has proudly served customers with equipment and service solutions since 1938. Our team works hard each day to build long-lasting relationships with our customers – and we strive to be the first choice for the equipment and services they need for the many industries we serve, including construction, power generation, material handling, on-highway truck and agriculture. After 80 years since the first NMC location opened for business, there is still a can-do spirit leading the way. There is a continuing focus to help our customers succeed and a determination to create new opportunities for today as well as for the next 80 years.

Rescue Ranch Corn Maze presented by Chevrolet … The nine-acre Chevy corn maze is back! The lighted maze is open Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. ET. On Sundays, you can make a run in daylight from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for ages 13 on up. It’s $5 for ages 2-12 and free for kids under 2. All proceeds benefits Rescue Ranch. For more details on the Chevy Corn Maze as well as the Fall Fun Days, visit


What is the key to success at Kansas Speedway?

“Kansas is a big circle. It’s super-fast and it has a little bit of a goofy transition into Turn 1. It just seems like it is a combination of downforce and horsepower to go fast. It’s super smooth so it doesn’t really matter so much how your car rides as much as how you have the tires loaded up in each corner and the overall grip you can get out of the car with the downforce.”

What is the trickiest thing you need to deal with?

“You know, it will be interesting to see how much it widens out because it is still a fresh repave. Right now, we just don’t know if it has built character or if it’s changed much with the newer style asphalt or it hasn’t changed. We won’t get to know that until we go back.”