This Week’s No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kentucky Speedway

Ryan Newman will make his 603rd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series visits Kentucky Speedway. In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at the 1.5-mile track, Newman owns three top-five and three top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 15.1 and average finish of 14.3.

Season 26 in NASCAR … Richard Childress Racing embarks on its 10th season with Caterpillar on board the No. 31 Camaro ZL1 and Cat Racing’s 26th in NASCAR. For more than 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. With 2017 sales and revenues of $45.462 billion, 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 primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit To connect with us on social media, visit

Featured Caterpillar Dealers … Whayne Supply Company and Walker Machinery are the featured Cat dealers for this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway.

Whayne Supply Company is one of the oldest and largest Caterpillar dealers in the U.S., based in Louisville, Kentucky. Whayne Supply Company has 17 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana serving the construction, mining, highway, ag and power industries.

Walker Machinery has over 60 years in the construction and mining industries and is the best choice when you are looking to purchase or rent equipment. Not only the authorized Caterpillar Dealership in western West Virginia and southeastern Ohio, they also sell and service several other lines of equipment. From backhoes and dozers, to continuous miners and on-highway trucks, Walker Machinery is your number one choice for all of your equipment and service needs.

Meet Newman … Fans are encouraged to stop by Trackside Live on Friday at 5 p.m. CT for a chance to meet Ryan Newman and take home a prize provided by partner Caterpillar! Brush up on your Cat Racing trivia for a chance to win! Hint: If you like to tailgate or camp, you’ll love it! On Saturday, Newman is scheduled to sign autographs on behalf of Coca-Cola Racing at 10 a.m. CT. It’s taking place at the Kroger located on Hwy 227 in Carrollton.


What are your thoughts heading into Kentucky?

“Kentucky is a big weekend for us and our partner Caterpillar. We’ve got a lot of folks and customers from Wayne Supply and Walker Machinery coming so we obviously want to put on a strong show for them. Plus, Caterpillar has a few surprise giveaways planned for race fans at the track. The first one happens on Friday during my Trackside appearance at 5 p.m. We hope to see a lot of Cat Racing fans when we are there. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this.

“From an on-track standpoint, Kentucky is one of those tracks that I continue to have mixed feelings about. I’ve never been a fan of its configuration, but it is what it is. My results there have been mixed, too, so I hope we are able to unload fast and repeat our performance from back in 2016. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.”

Based on your previous experience at the track, what is the hardest thing about Kentucky Speedway?

“The hardest part of Kentucky has always been turning into Turn 3. It is usually loose into Turn 3 and a real challenge to get a hold of.”

What do you say to those people that keep complaining about you being one of the hardest drivers to pass?

“I guess I am doing my job the best. That is what you are supposed to do as a driver. There is a certain amount of give and take that we all have to have. If they think I have the least, then that’s still OK. I give and take. I really do, and a lot more so than they think.”