Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Texas
October 29, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Texas Motor Speedway ... RCR has earned five wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series, with Kevin Harvick earning all five for the organization (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012). The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has two pole awards (Jeff Green in 2002 and Paul Menard in 2012), 16 top-five finishes and 27 top-10 finishes in 45 starts.
RCR in the NNS ... In 963 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 50 pole awards, 325 top-five and 538 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finishing position of 12.3 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 Johhny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 30 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 28 top-five and 49 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned seven pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Kansas 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 1,108 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr., while Scott is seventh, 93 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits third, while the No. 33 team is sixth and the No. 2 team is 10th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news and 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 @TyDillon and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3, and facebook.com/TyDillonMotorsports.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Nov. 2 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Richard Childress Racing team head to Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season. Scott will pilot chassis No. 129 from RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday afternoon's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge 300. This chassis has been utilized three times this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Lonestar State History ... Scott has seven previous Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, earning one top-10 finish and led two laps.
Busch Whacked ... Before driving 300 miles Saturday afternoon, Scott will compete in the second annual Busch Whacked 5k mud run at the Dirt Track on Thursday evening. Joining fellow NASCAR drivers and media members, the Boise, Idaho-native will run the 3.1-mile course navigating various obstacles in support of the Armed Forces Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities.
Fighting Every Point ... Scott currently sits seventh in Nationwide Series championship point standings 93 points out of first. He is in a tight battle to crack into the top-five, just 15 markers outside of fifth with just three events remaining on the 2013 schedule.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Texas Motor 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.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
What are your thoughts about heading to Texas Motor Speedway after a two-week hiatus? "It's been a good few weeks off, but we're ready to get back racing at Texas (Motor Speedway). This break gave us the opportunity to look at where we are and how we can capitalize on the last three races of the season. Each time we revisit a track we're stronger than we were the first time, and this weekend should be no different. In order climb inside the top-five in points we need to run up front and be consistent, if we do that we'll be at the banquet in Miami."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 136 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Dillon has driven this Chevrolet Camaro on one previous occasion, finishing second at Kentucky Speedway in September.
Dillon at Texas Motor Speedway ... In three Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Dillon earned his best finish of third after starting from the third position in April 2013. He also earned a pair of top-10 finishes in 2012, posting a sixth-place finish after starting fourth in November 2012 and a fifth-place finish after starting fourth in April 2012. In four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Texas, Dillon has earned two top-five finishes, one pole award and has led 76 laps, acquiring a third-place average starting position and a 14th-place average finish position.
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 (4.9), leads the series in Laps in the Top 15 (92 percent), ranks second in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.68 percent), has led the third-most laps (555), ranks third in Average Running Position (8.504), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (103.1), is the third-Fastest Driver on Restarts (7.933), and ranks third in Fastest Laps Run (365).
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr. with three races remaining this season.
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 Texas Motor 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 Texas Motor 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 $31,000 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.
Punt, Pass, Kick ... Dillon is scheduled to tour the Dallas Cowboys training facility on Thursday, where he will participate in a special punt, pass and kick exercise on behalf of Nationwide Insurance.
Hometown Proud ... Although he currently lives in North Carolina, jackman Sam Abney is a native of Austin, Texas and later moved just outside of Fort Worth, Texas, where he played baseball at Azle High School.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet in Saturday's Nationwide Series event, Dillon is scheduled to compete in the No. 33 Boot Barn Chevrolet in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The race is live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Nov. 3, and will broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM radio, channel 90.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
How important is Texas Motor Speedway in the Championship battle? "Every track is important in the championship battle. Texas Motor Speedway is a track that I really like and a track where I feel like I've been successful in the past, so I am looking forward to going there. It's a fast place, but I like the grip levels there. Were bringing one of our newer race cars and Danny Stockman and the guys have had time to really work on it and finesse it to their liking it. I'm ready to go to Texas and give it my all."
No. 33 Wesco Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 120 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet visited victory lane in August at Atlanta Motor Speedway and garnered two additional top-five finishes this season.
Texas Nuggets ... Saturday's 200-lap affair marks Dillon's first appearance at Texas Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series. Although Dillon has yet to make any competitive laps in the No. 33 entry, he has four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he has three top-five and four top-10 finishes to his credit.
What is WESCO? ... WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2012 annual sales were approximately $6.6 billion. The Company employs approximately 8,900 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates eight fully automated distribution centers and approximately 475 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.
Double Dose of Dillon ... Before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet, Dillon will participate in the Texas 350 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night in his full time ride of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Live coverage of the event begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1 and the Performance Racing Network.
Meet the Driver ... Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at the RCR merchandise hauler with fellow RCR driver Brian Scott on Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. Central Time. Following the autograph session, Dillon will chat with fans at the Team Chevy stage in the Texas Motor Speedway fan zone at 4 p.m. CT.
One To Go ... Dillon and WESCO will have one additional race together in the 2013 season. The duo will compete in the season finale race at Homstead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
This weekend's 200-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series event will mark your first start in the series at Texas Motor Speedway. What are your thoughts heading into the race weekend? "I'm excited to get back behind the wheel of the No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend at Texas (Motor Speedway). I feel pretty confident about the Nationwide Series race. I've run well at this track in the (Camping World) Truck Series. It's a fun track, and I think we can run up front and contend for the win."