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Race: Federated Auto Parts 400
Sunday, September 7, 2013
Richmond International Raceway

RCR in Richmond ... Richard Childress has nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories as a car owner at Richmond International Raceway - five with Dale Earnhardt, three with Kevin Harvick and one with Clint Bowyer. Most recently, Harvick took the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing entry to Victory Lane in April at the 0.75-mile race track. Additionally, in 138 starts at the Richmond, Va.-based track, RCR drivers have claimed 35 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed three of those top-10 finishes from 1976-1978. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization holds a 17.3 average starting position, a 14.7 average finishing position, has completed 52,106 of the 55,122 contested laps (94.5 percent) and collectively led 3,249 laps.
RCR in the NSCS ...
In 2,348 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 103 wins, 42 pole awards, 444 top-five finishes and 934 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 Atlanta Rewind ...
Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Harvick notched his 13th top-10 finish of the season (ninth-place) while Austin Dillon finished 19th, Paul Menard 24th and Jeff Burton 34th after being involved in multiple accidents.
The Collective RCR ...
Throughout the season's first 25 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway in April and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, notched nine top-five and 24 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank third (Harvick), 17th (Menard) and 22nd (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.facenook/RichardChildressRacing and at along with official driver pages:,, and
Catch the Action ...
ABC's live coverage from Richmond International Raceway begins Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Paul Menard
No. 27 Pittsburgh/Menards Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Richmond International Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Richmond Stats ... Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway. His best start of seventh came in 2010 and best finish of 13th came in both 2012 and earlier this season. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,095 of 5,216 laps attempted (97.7 percent) at the Virginia track, leading one of them.
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Meet Menard ... Menard is scheduled to participate in a fan question-and-answer session on the Team Chevy Stage at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. 
Race Rewind ...
Starting 25th, Menard fought handling issues throughout last year's 400-lap event to finish 23rd under the lights at Richmond International Raceway.
Menard's thoughts on racing at Richmond International Raceway:

"Richmond (International Raceway) is a three-quarter mile short track that is uniquely shaped. It races like a track much bigger than that, so as a driver, I've got to approach the track differently. It is shaped like a 'D' and there is a really big arch going into turn one, but you carry a lot of speed into turn one, you get hard on the brakes and then the groove opens up as you exit turn two and you can run where your car wants to run. You don't have to stick to the bottom of the race track, you can run the middle and three-quarters of the way up the track. Turn three is almost like a Martinsville (Speedway) turn. It has a really sharp entrance and it's not very open. On exit, it opens back up with the 'D' shape. We had a decent finish earlier this year at Richmond and we are hoping to build on that this weekend. We've had a top-10 streak going the past two weeks, and we are hoping to keep that alive on Saturday night."

Kevin Harvick 
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Richmond International Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Federated Auto Parts 400. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. 
Old Dominion State Stats ... Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval. In those previous appearances, the California native has collected one pole award (September 2005), three victories (September 2006 and 2011, April 2013), seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 16.5, an 11.3 average finishing position, has completed 98.8 percent (9,892 of 10,009) of the laps contested and has 945 laps led to his credit.
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ... Following a ninth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Harvick secured a position in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The RCR driver currently sits third in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings on the strength of two wins, six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 25 starts. The complete 12-driver field will be determined following this weekend's event at Richmond International Raceway and each driver's point total will be reset to 2,000. For those in the top 10, three bonus points are added to that total for each victory scored during the first 26 races of the season.
Here's Harvick ... Prior to the night race at Richmond International Raceway, Harvick is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy Stage for a fan question-and-answer session on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
Race Rewind ... Starting from the 13th position, Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team brought home a 10th-place finish in last year's rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
You won the last race at Richmond International Raceway earlier this season, are you excited to head back there before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins?

"This little stretch leading up to the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) for us is kind of a trial-and-error period as we go to different styles of race tracks and try different things. Obviously, we won the race at Richmond (International Raceway) earlier in the year on a crazy restart. We ran okay during the first half of the race and ran fairly good toward the end of the night, and one thing we have learned and try to remember about Richmond is that tires are king at that track. I'm hoping we can repeat the outcome we had there in the spring, but the big thing is making sure we can continue to learn things that will help us in the Chase."
Even though you have secured a position for yourself in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup going into the race at Richmond International Raceway, do you feel the pressure of others who are hoping to race their way into the Chase?
 "We've been on that side of the fence as far as being in the position of trying to race your way into the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup), or racing to hold onto our position to get into the Chase. It's an intense race and portion of the season for sure. It's tough on your body, mind, team and everyone involved. You try to stay aware of what everyone else is doing, and you don't want to interfere with what others have going on because you don't want to be the one to change the outcome of things, but you always want to do the best for your team and make sure you're in the best position for yourself. It's definitely an interesting balance from a driver standpoint."

Jeff Burton
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Richmond International Raceway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
Career Richmond Stats ... Burton grew up two hours away from the Richmond, Va.-based facility in South Boston, Va. Saturday's event marks Burton's 39th start at the 0.75-mile facility and 681st-career NSCS start. He has amassed one win (1998), one pole award (2000), 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the historic track.
No Stranger to Victory Lane ... Burton has made three trips to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway, winning the Sprint Cup Series event in September 1998 and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in June 1998 and September 2000. 
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Team Chevy ... Burton is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy Stage at Richmond International Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 7at 3:20 p.m. Eastern Time.
Race Rewind 2012 ... After a rain shower postponed the start of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway, Burton started the race from the 20th position and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team persevered to finish sixth under the lights in the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Describe the characteristics of Richmond International Raceway.

"Richmond International Raceway has these big, wide sweeping corners in turns three and four while turns one and two are much tighter. The track also has enough width to put on good side-by-side racing. I think it is the perfect-sized race track. I wish we had more 0.75-mile race tracks on the schedule. We always have good racing at Richmond. Over the last few years, the track hasn't developed a second groove and we're used to having two or three grooves at Richmond in the past. We don't have that anymore and it has been disappointing because the racing is so much better with multiple grooves. The racing is still great at Richmond and it is a fun place to visit too."

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