Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Chicagoland
September 10, 2013
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Dollar General 300
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Location: Chicagoland Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Chicagoland Speedway ... In 31 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Chicagoland Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has four wins at the 1.5-mile track, including a victory with Elliott Sadler in July 2012, Kevin Harvick in 2007 and 2005 and Johnny Sauter in 2002. RCR drivers have completed 96.2 percent of the laps attempted at the track (5,970 of 6,206), with 343 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 946 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 49 pole awards, 318 top-five and 528 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finishing position of 12.4 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Harvick, and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 25 races contested this season, RCR has earned two wins in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway and Harvick at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with 21 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles, while Brian Scott earned a pole award for the organization at Richmond International Raceway. The organization has led 1,027 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish Jr by 16 points, while Brian Scott is seventh, 61 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits fourth, while the No. 2 team is ninth and the No. 33 team is 12th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3ADillon and @RCR33NNS, RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3 and @KevinHarvick and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the DollarGeneral 300 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Sept. 14, and also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway ... This weekend, the Nationwide Series heads to the home of Jake and Elwood Blues and Chicagoland Speedway for the second time in 2013. Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge crew will bring chassis No.110 to the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval. This chassis was most recently run at Michigan International Speedway where Scott started third and brought home a 10th-place finish. Additionally Scott piloted this chassis at Auto Club Speedway where he started 12th and earned an eighth-place finish. In 2012, Elliott Sadler and Joey Coulter earned top-10 finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Coulter 10th) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sadler seventh) with this Chevrolet.
Fast Chi-town History ... The Richard Childress Racing driver has six starts to his credit at Chicagoland Speedway. Considered one of his best tracks on the Nationwide Series circuit, Scott has one pole award (Sept. 2011), two top fives and three top-10 finishes, along with five-laps led. His best finishes of third came in both the 2010 and 2011 events.
Best Career Race ... One week ago at Richmond International Raceway, Scott showed a dominating performance by scoring his second-career pole and led 240 of 250 laps before earning a best career-equaling finish of second. Thus far in 2013 since joining RCR, Scott has one pole, three top five, 12 top-10 finishes, led 253 laps and has an average starting position of 10.3 and finishing position of 11.5.
Points Points Points ... After his second-place finish at Richmond International Raceway Scott is currently seventh in Nationwide Series driver championship standings just nine points out of fifth and 61 points behind series leader Sam Hornish Jr.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Shore Lodge: Did You Know? ... Shore Lodge is set on the southern shore of Payette Lake. The spectacular lake has been a destination for visitors since the 1800s. Known to Native American tribes and frontiersmen, the French Canadian fur trapper, Francois Payette roamed these mountain trails and gave the river and hence the lake its name. In the 1860s, gold miners temporarily settled here to pan for gold but were unsuccessful and soon moved on. Following World War II, a group of businessmen and doctors from Lewiston, Idaho turned their sights to developing the lake for tourists. At its heart would be the iconic Shore Lodge, which opened on July 3, 1948.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What did you figure out last month at Chicagoland Speedway?
"Chicagoland has always been one of my favorite tracks in the Nationwide Series. We had a fast Chevrolet Camaro there earlier this season, but our Achilles heel was restarts. We were too loose and would give up three or four positions each time, and once the run sorted out we would pass them back. Essentially, we were like a yo-yo all day, but our Camaro was on par with the leaders and lap times. We need to be able to pass on restarts and not be passed."
What makes Chicagoland Speedway one of your favorite race tracks?
"I've always been strong at Chicagoland (Speedway) and have a lot of good runs. I've sat on the pole and had a couple top-three finishes, so I know it's a place where I could always be a threat to win every time we show up to race."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 131 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This is a new Chevrolet Camaro that will be utilized for the first time under race conditions this weekend.
Dillon at Chicagoland Speedway ... Dillon has three previous Nationwide Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway, earning a pair of third-place finishes in July 2013 and September 2012, along with a sixth-place finish in July 2012. He has led 77 laps at the 1.5-mile track. He is also the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner at the track.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series championship contenders in Average Starting Position (5.4), ranks second in Laps in the Top-15 (90.7 percent), has led the second-most laps (484), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (101.0), ranks fourth in Average Running Position (9.091), is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.4) and ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (281).
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings, 16 markers shy of Sam Hornish Jr.'s point lead.
Spark Your Engines ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.
AdvoCare Supporting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma ... If Dillon wins this weekend's Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, AdvoCare will make a $5,000 donation to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The health and wellness company will pledge $2,000 to CIPT for a top-five finish and $1,000 for a top-10 finish. So far this season, the No. 3 team has raised $23,000 towards the cause. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. and AdvoCare's generous donations are aimed at helping to raise awareness for pediatric trauma, the No. 1 killer of children in America. You can help save the lives of injured children by making a contribution to the Childress Institute in two ways: donate $33 in honor of Dillon via his website, or text WIN to 80077 to make a $10 donation.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
You've been successful at Chicagoland Speedway in the past. Why do you think that is?
"Chicagoland Speedway has some rough characteristics and I seem to do well on those types of tracks, I don't know why that is. It just suits me well, I guess. It reminds me of Kentucky Speedway and Iowa Speedway in that respect. Danny Stockman and the No. 3 team and I work well together and we've been able to build a pretty good notebook for a lot of tracks, including Chicagoland Speedway. Now that we're going to a lot of these tracks for the second time this season, we have some notes to work off of and it gives us some confidence heading into the race weekend. We feel prepared so that we can gain maximum points."
No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 130 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Dollar General 300 on Saturday afternoon. This new RCR-prepared Chevrolet will be on track for the first time this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Windy City Stats ... Since 2001, Harvick has made nine Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile facility collecting one pole award (2010), two wins (2005 and 2006), four top-five and five top-10 finishes. The two-time Nationwide Series champion holds an average starting position of 7.1 coupled with a 13th-place average finishing position. He has completed 89.6 percent (1,616 of 1,803) of the laps contested and is credited with 95 laps led.
Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR's No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Camaro Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway?
"Chicagoland (Speedway) has been good to me throughout the years. I enjoy racing at Chicagoland because the track is unique. You can go through the corners pretty much wide open. You can let off sooner than you do at most places we go to, and you can drive it all the way through the corners under power. There is a lot more throttle there than most places. You get back in the gas a lot quicker there too, compared to other places. We've gotten a few wins in the past, and I hope to pick up another this weekend for the Rheem/Menards team."