Originally written on On Pit Road  |  Last updated 12/17/14
When Ryan Newman hits the high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway for the race this weekend, his car will have a slightly different look. He’ll have Quickens Loans on the quarter panels of his Chevrolet – however Quickens Loans has a special promotion going on. They’re doing a billion dollar bracket challenge, in which Newman says is simple to win. “Just get a perfect bracket, which I think is like one in two hundred million, trillion odds; but it’s a great opportunity to engage with the fans, not just in our sport, but with college basketball,” Newman commented. “If you nail the bracket, it’s a billion dollars. There is some form of losers bracket as well, bracketology there too, as well. They’ll give out some money for that, too. But the ultimate goal is to win the billion dollars. Quicken Loans is a big supporter of ours and we appreciate the opportunity to let us come race. But in the end, we talk about their college bracket.” Newman says that the promotion is a no brainer for Quickens Loans, given they’re located in southern Michigan in the heart of basketball country. “Even if you just plain old get lucky, you get lucky! So, go register,” Newman added. Newman hasn’t filled out his bracket yet as he says it’s on his to-do list. He says that given he likes to over analyze things, it may become easy for him to over-think how he wants to do this. “So I don’t know if I’m going to take the over-think approach or the under think approach,” he commented. While fans look to get lucky and get the billion dollars, Newman is hoping to get lucky and survive the carnage that Bristol is famous for. Newman avoided trouble in practice – while a couple others weren’t lucky as they had to roll out their back-up cars. “It’s a big transition, I think, for us this weekend; not only with the new rules package, but with the new tires that we have here (and) getting a grasp on that,” Newman suggested as the cause. “It seems like the cars are really, really sensitive to some changes just because the cars are so stiff now because of the rigidity of how we’re running them. Once you lose it, you really lose it; which is kind of what we’ve seen. More aerodynamic-related at other race tracks; but here, more mechanical-related.” Newman adds that as a result, the tires should fall off more than normal and bring handling into an even bigger question with the track marbling up as it was in practice. Newman says that it’ll be tough on drivers come race time as if you get in the marbles, it normally takes you two or three laps to get back going again. ” You want to have the confidence in the race track and your race car to be able to put it anywhere so that you can pass at any time,” he continued. “And obviously the track is pretty narrow.  So, giving us the ability to move around is a good thing.” Though don’t worry – there is some grip – actually, lots of grip. It’s all about keeping it. “Once you lose that grip, it’s kind of gone,” he commented. “That’s a full slide. You have to run it right there on the edge to kind of feel it.” Whether the marbling-up condition will continue throughout hte weekend nad transfer to the race, is yet to be seen. “I think if they blow the race track off and we go straight to the top and doing our thing like we have done here in the past, it won’t be an issue,” Newman said. “But as of right now, it’s laying a lot of marbles and we’re running the bottom to the middle; so the top third of the race track really is marbled-up. So, I don’t know that it’s going to be an issue, but it has potential more so I think now, than last year.”
PLAYERS: Ryan Newman

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade


Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.