Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Phoenix
November 5, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: ServiceMaster 200
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Location: Phoenix International Raceway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Phoenix International Raceway ... In 44 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Phoenix International Raceway, RCR has three wins at the one-mile track, with Elliott Sadler notching a win in March 2012, Clint Bowyer bringing the organization to the Winner's Circle in April 2007 and Kevin Harvick doing so in April 2006. RCR has started Nationwide Series races at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole position with two different drivers; Bowyer in November 2007 and Harvick in November 2003. The organization has 19 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes at the track. RCR boasts an average starting position of 13.6 and an average finishing position of 12.7 among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at Phoenix International Raceway. RCR drivers have completed 97.4 percent of the laps attempted at the one-mile track (8,599 of 8,825 laps), with 539 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 966 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 50 pole awards, 326 top-five and 540 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 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 31 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 29 top-five and 51 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned seven pole awards doing so 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 1,110 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by two points over Sam Hornish, Jr., while Scott is sixth, 97 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, 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 ServiceMaster 200 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Nov. 9 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Whitetail Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Scott will pilot chassis No. 101 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday's ServiceMaster 200. The Richard Childress Racing competitor last drove this chassis to a second-place finish after starting from the pole and leading 239 of 250 laps at Richmond International Raceway in September. He has piloted this RCR prepared Chevrolet five additional times in 2013, earning one top five and three top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway, Iowa Speedway (June and August) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 2 team claimed three wins (Phoenix International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway) and two poles (Iowa Speedway) with this Chevrolet in the 2012 season.
Winning Phoenix History ... Scott has eight previous Nationwide Series starts at the track in the "Valley of the Sun." His best start of fifth came in the spring of 2011. He is credited with three top-10 finishes with a best finish of eighth. Last fall, the Boise, Idaho, native claimed victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event after leading 48 laps to earn his second-career Camping World Truck Series win. The former winner holds a total of four series starts earning two top-five finishes.
Flat and Short in 2013 ... Scott boasts some solid stats in 2013 on flat, short tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The No. 2 Whitetail team started off at Phoenix with a 10th-place finish. They earned a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and earned the pole, led 239 laps and brought home a second-place finish at the circuit's second visit to Richmond International Raceway.
Tight Points Battle ... With two races remaining on the 2013 schedule, Scott is in a tight point battle to finish among the top-five in the driver championship point standings and the honor of participating in the series banquet in Miami on Monday, Nov, 18. The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver is just 12 markers out of fifth place.
Welcome to the Whitetail Club ... TheWhitetail Club will adorn the hood of Scott's Camaro this Saturday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway. Set on 1,300-acres of old-growth Ponderosa pine forests, grassy meadows, streams and trout ponds. Whitetail prides itself on a place for families to relax among friends and discover new forms of adventure. Whitetail comes with such amenities that include membership to Andy North golf course, athletic complex with indoor tennis courts, private fish and swim club, Nordic ski trails and ten miles of paved walking paths.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES
What are your thoughts as we head back to Phoenix International Raceway for the second time in 2013? "I'm really excited to get back to Phoenix (International Raceway). It's a track where I've had success at in the past and won the Truck Series race last fall. We're bringing the same car from Richmond (International Raceway) where we sat on the pole and finished second, so I think we have a little unfinished business. I'd like to pick up the trophy and close the gap in points this weekend."
How does the No. 2 team run on flat short tracks? "I love flat tracks. There's something about them that I click with. RCR's, short-track program this year has been great. We finished was ninth in the spring here (Phoenix International Raceway), earned a top-five finish at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) and nearly won at Richmond (International Raceway). I think if we fire off well, it'll be a great weekend."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 125 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Dillon drove this Chevrolet Camaro to a 12th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September, a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July en route to earning the Nationwide Insurance $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, a 35th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in April and a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
Dillon at Phoenix International Raceway ... Dillon has made four previous Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, earning a sixth-place finish in March 2013, a sixth-place finish in November 2012, a fourth-place finish in March 2012 and a 34th-place finish in April 2009. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track, he has a pair of top-10 finishes and has made one start in the K&N Pro Series West at PIR (finished 15th in 2009).
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 (92.3 percent), leads the series in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.83 percent), has led the third-most laps (557), ranks third in Average Running Position (8.449), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (103.2), is the third-Fastest Driver on Restarts (7.903), and ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (371).
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship standings by six points over Sam Hornish, Jr., with two 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 Phoenix International Raceway. 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 Phoenix International Raceway, 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 $33,000 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. Dillon is scheduled to visit Phoenix Children's Hospital on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Chevrolet Stage in the Phoenix International Raceway Fan Zone on Friday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. He is also scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the AdvoCare FanZone Display on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. MST.
Question, Please ... Dillon is scheduled to take questions from the gathered media at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday in the Phoenix International Raceway Infield Media Center alongside fellow Nationwide Series championship contender Sam Hornish, Jr. Following his session, Dillon is scheduled to participate in a check presentation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of AdvoCare.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE
What are your thoughts on racing this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway? "I like flat tracks. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is an example of a flat track where I feel like I have been successful in the past, and I feel like Phoenix International Raceway has some similar characteristics so I am looking forward to this weekend. I think the repave has changed the dynamics of the racing a little bit, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a handling race track where it's very important to work on your car and make sure it's right for the race. Phoenix International Raceway is a place where getting off of each corner is very big. Entry is important. You need to be stable but you need to be the first one to the gas."
No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 134 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the 200-mile event at Phoenix International Raceway. Ty Dillon piloted this RCR-prepared machine to a 16th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September.
Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway ... Since 2000, Harvick has made 20 Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile facility collecting one win (2006), one pole award (2003), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The two-time Nationwide Series champion holds a 9.4 average starting position coupled with an 8.3 average finishing position, has completed 96 percent (3,842 of 4,004) of the laps contested and is credited with 323 laps led.
The Season so Far ... Harvick will compete in his 10th and final Nationwide Series event of the 2013 season this weekend. This season he has earned one win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, among eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Camaro Saturday afternoon, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, and will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE
How will running Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Phoenix International Raceway help prepare you for the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday? "There really isn't much that will translate from one series to the other, because the cars are so different. The main benefit of running both series for me is the additional seat time. I enjoy racing at Phoenix (International Raceway), it reminds me of the tracks I used to run on as a kid growing up on the West Coast. We had a good run there last year. I'm hoping we can improve on that performance and pick up another trophy to add to the collection."