Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Preview for Kentucky Speedway
June 25, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Location: Kentucky Speedway
Richard Childress Racing in the Bluegrass State ... In seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at Kentucky Speedway, Richard Childress Racing holds a 17th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 20.1 and has completed 1,859 of the contested 1,869 laps (99.5 percent). The 1.5-mile tri-oval has held NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events since 2000 and RCR drivers Paul Menard and Kevin Harvick have both competed in Nationwide Series races at Kentucky Speedway, with Harvick claiming victory in the inaugural NNS event in 2001.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,321 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 103 wins, 42 pole awards, 440 top-five finishes and 925 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 14 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, five NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
RCR Sonoma Rewind ... Last weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Harvick scored his eighth top-10 finish of the season (10th-place) while Menard and Jeff Burton finished 14th and 31st, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 16 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway (April) and in the Coca-Cola 600, notched five top-five and 15 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank fourth (Harvick), 12th (Menard) and 20th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.
Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Sprint Cup Series team Twitter pages - @RCR27PMenard, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter page @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages - www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick and www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton.
Catch the Action ... TNT's live coverage from Kentucky Speedway begins Saturday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 27 SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS previously ran at Darlington Raceway in May and was tested earlier this month at Kentucky Speedway.
Stats in the Bluegrass State ... Menard has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval. His best start of 10th came in 2011 and best finish of 12th came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 533 of 534 laps attempted (99 percent) at the Sparta, Ky., track.
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Questions with Paul ... Menard will participate in a 15-minute question-and-answer session with fellow drivers Aric Almirola and David Ragan at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. The session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time and is located in the Infield Fan Zone adjacent to the Sprint Cup Series garage.
Race Rewind ... In this event last year at Kentucky Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet 15th and finished 12th, collecting his best finish to date at the 1.5-mile speedway.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Kentucky Speedway: "Kentucky (Speedway) is a flat 1.5-mile track, it has high-frequency bumps and is really wide. It's a track with a lot of character and I enjoy going there. We tested at Kentucky for a couple of days earlier this month and learned a lot. Hopefully the weather will be similar to our test session and we can apply that information to this weekend. It's always nice to get a little extra track time any chance we can get. I know my guys have worked really hard to give me a fast SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet and we'll see what we've got when we turn our first laps of the weekend on Friday."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Kentucky Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. This is the same Chevrolet the California native drove to Victory Lane after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
Racing in the Bluegrass State ... Harvick has two starts to his credit at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval dating back to 2011. The RCR veteran earned his best start of fourth and finish of 11th in 2011 and completed 100 percent (534 of 534) of the laps contested.
Red, White and Blue Summer ... Budweiser's limited-edition red, white and blue packaging represents a special initiative in which the brand will contribute a portion of all sales from May 5 - July 4 to help raise as much as $1.5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation*, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country. Since 2010, Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation and provided more than 1,000 educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in service. (*Donation of 2 cents per case of Budweiser sold, May 5, 2013 to July 4, 2013, with a maximum donation of $1.5 million.)
Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor team crossed the finish line in the 11th position in the 2011 edition of this event at Kentucky Speedway after battling handling issues during the 267-lap affair.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES
What are your thoughts on racing at Kentucky Speedway? "It's the newest, oldest track we go to. Kentucky Speedway is a place where our team felt like we needed to try some things, so we decided to test there a few weeks ago. We feel as though we made our car better from the information that we collected during the two days we spent there. We'll have to see what the weather is like when we go back, but hopefully we'll have a good base-line of where we need to be for the race."
What makes Kentucky Speedway unique compared to other 1.5-mile tracks? "Kentucky Speedway is very rough. The corners are longer so they're not as sharp, but the roughness of the racing surface is really what makes it unique in my mind. There is still a lot of grip, but the track has become rough over the years."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
This Weekend's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
Burton in Kentucky ... Burton has two starts at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility with his best start of 22nd and best finish of 19th both coming in the 2011 event. The South Boston, Va., native has also completed 533 of 534 laps attempted (99 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval.
Featured Cat Dealers ... Whayne Supply Company Inc. will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
•Whayne Supply Company, one of the oldest and largest Caterpillar dealers in the United States, is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Based in Louisville, Ky., Whayne has 16 locations across Kentucky and Indiana serving the construction, mining, highway, agriculture and power industries.
Last Season in the "Bluegrass State" ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team posted a 24th-place finish in the 2012 race at Kentucky Speedway.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE
RCR recently tested at Kentucky Speedway, how was the track? "It's pretty rough, much rougher than anywhere we go. Atlanta (Motor Speedway) is rough, but it is more of a wavy rough. Kentucky Speedway is just plain and simple rough with these big bumps. The grip level is not great either so you are able to slide around a little bit, especially when the weather is hot. It's a challenge with the splitters on these cars. Splitters don't like to be hitting the race track and to get the splitter off of the ground while being able to turn at the same time is very difficult."