NNS Kentucky Speedway Preview
June 24, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 200 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Date: Friday, June 27, 2014
Location: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Richard Childress Racing at Kentucky ... The organization has seen success at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, earning three victories, one with Kevin Harvick in 2001 and back-to-back wins with Austin Dillon in June 2012 and September 2012. The organization has started from the pole-position in the last three races at Kentucky, all with Austin Dillon. RCR has led 596 laps and also earned 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. The average start for the team is 11.4 and average finish is 9.5.
Back-to-Back NNS Victories ... The RCR NASCAR Nationwide Series-stable backed up Paul Menard's win at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago with a victory at Road America. last weekend. After 98 career Nationwide Series starts, Brendan Gaughan earned his first victory.
Recap of Road America ... Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott and Ty Dillon posted first, 16th and 19th-place finishes, respectively, in the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.
Getting to the Points ... Heading into Kentucky, all three full-time RCR Nationwide Series drivers remain inside the top-10 of the driver point standings: Ty Dillon, fourth, Brian Scott jumps to fifth, and Brendan Gaughan remains seventh.
Social Media ... To stay on track with the latest news, information and to view exclusive, behind the scenes content visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3TDillon, @RCR33NNS and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Kentucky Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's race at Kentucky will be televised live on Friday, June 27, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on PRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race brand new Richard Childress Racing chassis No. 148 at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300. This chassis will make its first on-track laps during the Wednesday test session at the Sparta, Kentucky venue.
Scott at Kentucky ... In six Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Scott has finished 17th or better in four of the six events. Scott has an average starting position of 12.7 and an average finish of 19.2. He is also credited with one lap led, which was during the Series last visit to the Speedway. In addition to his Nationwide Series starts, Scott has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with one top-five and two top-10 finishes and 43 laps led.
14 Races into 2014 ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team continues to dominate the Nationwide Series regulars this season in qualifying. Scott's average has continued to increase as race weekends pass, currently leading with a 7.1 average starting position. He also is the top Nationwide Series regular in most laps spent inside the top-15 (2,262, 95.2 percent) and average running position (7.6.). Scott has finished 17th or better in 13 of the 14 races this season.
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What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Kentucky Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team started the Gardner Denver 200 presented by Johnsonville in the sixth position at Road America. The Shore Lodge team gambled on fuel mileage and was forced to pit in order to complete the green-white-checkered finish. After three-final laps around the 14-turn road course, Scott crossed the finish line 16th.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about Kentucky Speedway? Is it getting rough?
"Kentucky has been rough. I love Kentucky though. It's been a good race track for me through the years. Normally we are pretty fast there with our ECR Engines. Last year, we had some mechanical issues because of how rough it is. I feel like RCR has good history at Kentucky and I think we know what to do to get over the bumpiness in the race track."
Is the bumpiness of the race track what makes Kentucky Speedway unique?
"Yeah, it is. It's kind of a flatter mile-and-a-half and really bumpy, but has good grip. It's really a unique race track. You really have to know how to handle through the bumps and how to drive through the bumps to be fast. For whatever reason, it normally fits my style and has been a decent race track for us."
If they were going to repave Kentucky Speedway tomorrow, would you tell them to leave it alone?
"I think we need to have a hiatus from the repaves for a little bit. Obviously, some tracks need to have it. But if there is any way around it, it would be nice to keep some race tracks on the circuit that have a lot of character."
No. 3 Alsco/Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Alsco/Red Kap Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... This weekend Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 142 in the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis is new to the Nationwide Series stable this season and will make its debut Friday night.
Dillon at Kentucky Speedway ... Dillon will be making his NNS Kentucky Speedway career debut this Friday night. In the Camping World Truck Series, Dillon has past success and is the defending race winner at the 1.5-mile track and has three top-five finishes in four starts.
Stockman at Kentucky Speedway ... Two-time, championship-winning crew chief Danny Stockman knows his way around the 1.5-mile speedway. In four Nationwide Series races on top of the pit box for RCR, Stockman has two wins, three poles and three top-five finishes.
Red Kap & RCR ... This week Red Kap will be featured as a primary sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. The official provider of high performance work-wear and uniforms for RCR, Red Kap has been in business since 1923.
Alsco on board ... Alsco, a family owned and operated business, is a worldwide leader in linen and uniform rental. This year, Alsco is celebrating 125 years in business and will be featured on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro.
Road America race rewind ... Dillon qualified seventh and managed to stay inside the top-10 for the first 26 laps before having to put Goodyear Racing rain tires on his No. 3 Camaro. For the remainder of the race, Dillon used a windshield wiper and rain tires to guide him to the checkered flag, where he finished 19th.
Points update ... The 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C.-native remains fourth in the driver point standings. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon remains in second for that ranking.
Kentucky Speedway Racing to Excellence School Program ... Ty and Austin Dillon are scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session on Saturday, June 28 at 4:15 p.m. at the Racing Excellence Display located in the Midway.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What is your approach to this weekend at Kentucky Speedway?
"Kentucky has been a great track to me in the past. I've had a lot of success there and got a really big win there last June in the Camping World Truck Series race. I'm very optimistic about this weekend because my crew chief and team has done very well in Kentucky. Having the right attitude each weekend, before even getting to the track, can make a big difference."
No. 33 Libman/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Libman / Menards Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... This weekend in the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over at Kentucky Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 33 Libman / Menards Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 146. This Chevrolet Camaro is the same chassis Menard drove to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway on June 14.
Menard at Kentucky ... In four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Menard has earned two top-10 and one top-five finishes with an average starting position of 10.8 and an average finish of 15. Menard has completed 94.4 percent of the laps around the 1.5-mile oval in the Nationwide Series. In addition, Menard has three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Libman / Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Friday night's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night. This race is scheduled to air live on TNT at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
Test, Test ... Menard, along with his Richard Childress Racing teammates Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan, will be testing at Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Looking Back ... Menard's last visit to the 1.5-mile oval in the Nationwide Series was in 2010 where he qualified eighth, but was relegated to at 32nd-place finish after being collected in an on-track incident.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading in to Kentucky?
"Kentucky (Speedway) is a track that I enjoy coming to. I think we will all have high expectations coming off of the win in Michigan. We're actually racing with the same chassis this weekend that we won with in Michigan, so it'll be interesting to see what carries over. I know that Nick (Harrison) and the guys worked hard all week to give me a fast Libman / Menards Chevy so we'll see what happens."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Kentucky... Brendan Gaughan will drive chassis No. 140 at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300. This No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino previously ran at Charlotte Motor Speedway this season, where Gaughan qualified 20th and finished 17th.
Gaughan's Stats at Kentucky ...The Las Vegas-native will make his fourth Nationwide Series start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval this weekend. In three previous starts, Gaughan has led seven laps, completed 100 percent of the 600 laps ran and finished inside the top-five in all three starts. His average starting position is 10.7 and average finish is 3.7. The 38-year-old driver also has nine starts at Kentucky in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he led 72 laps and earned two top-five finishes. Gaughan's average starting position is 13.4 and average finish is 18.2.
Road Course Winner ... Gaughan ended his 11-year winless streak at Road America's 14-turn road course on Saturday. This was Gaughan's first Nationwide Series win in 98 starts and first top-five finish of the season.
In the Rearview Mirror: Road America ... After qualifying fifth at Road America, Gaughan faced many challenges during the 53-lap race. Despite the challenges and changing track conditions, Gaughan and his No. 62 RCR team came out victorious becoming a first-time Nationwide Series winner.
To the Points ...Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team remain seventh in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, currently 48 points out of the top-five heading to Kentucky Speedway.
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BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on Kentucky Speedway?
"It is the only track with that flat 1.5-mile surface, with a ton of bumps. I hope they never change it. Kentucky is one of the best tracks of that size we have left on the circuit. You get slipping and sliding with multiple grooves racing three wide. Kentucky is one of the last tracks that has my preferred style of racing. I love Kentucky and I cannot wait to get on track."