Richard Childress Racing
Truck Series Preview for Michigan Speedway
August 13, 2013
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes
Race: Michigan National Guard 200
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Location: Michigan International Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway ... Richard Childress Racing has eight previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Michigan International Speedway collecting two pole awards, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization holds a 7.4 average starting position, coupled with an 11.4 average finishing position and has completed 98 percent (788 of 804) of the laps contested.
RCR's Camping World Truck Series History ... In 296 Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 28 wins, 37 pole awards, 111 top-five and 181 top-10 finishes. RCR also earned the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner, and again with Austin Dillon in 2011. The organization has an average starting position of 9.6 and an average finishing position of 10.4.
Points Racin' ... With 11 Camping World Truck Series races completed in 2013, Ty Dillon is fifth in the driver championship point standings, trailing the leader by 68 markers, while Brendan Gaughan is sixth in the standings, 75 points outside the top spot. The No. 3 team is sixth in the owner championship point standings and the No. 62 team is eighth.
Introducing Fox Sports 1 ... Launching on Aug. 17, Fox Sports 1 will be introduced to an estimated 90 million homes, bringing sports fans NASCAR action along with MLB, UFC, College Football, College Basketball and Soccer coverage. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200 will be the first live sporting event on the new network. FS1 will continue to provide on-track coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series along with ancillary programming such as Race Hub, RaceDay, Victory Lane and the Set Up.
Social Media ...To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's Camping World Truck Series team Twitter pages - @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Camping World Truck Series driver Twitter pages - @tydillon and @Brendan62.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 022 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday's Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season.
The Great Lakes State Details ...This week's 100-lap race marks Dillon's third appearance at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility. The RCR driver earned a sixth-place finish in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the track last year. His other start came in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event in June 2011, Dillon led for 22 circuits en route to the race win.
Speedway Notes ... Dillon has some impressive race stats on tracks greater than one-mile in length. The Lexington, N.C., native has earned two wins, three pole awards, nine top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 28 starts on tracks that range from one to two miles in length. Turning more than 3,700 laps at speedway races, Dillon has led for a total of 334 laps.
Grand Openings ... Bass Pro Shops, one of America's premier outdoor retailers, are projecting 22 new stores in areas across the United States including Seattle, Anchorage, Little Rock, Ark., and Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information on store locations, visit www.basspro.com.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is schedule to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy Stage beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time at Michigan International Speedway.
Hometown Proud ... Race engineer Ryan Isabell returns home this weekend as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Michigan International Speedway. Isabell hails from Fenton, Mich., and currently calls North Carolina home. The 2013 season marks Isabell's first year at RCR. He brings 12 years of motorsport experience to the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team.
TY DILLON QUOTE
What are your thoughts heading into the weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway? "I'm excited to get back into the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan (International Speedway). I think having a week off allowed for us to compose all of our notes and regroup. We've had some unfortunate luck the last few weeks. We've been fast, but haven't earned the finishes we should have. We'll head to Michigan with a solid book of notes and work hard to bring home the win. I've visited victory lane there two years ago and would like to see it again."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado at Michigan International Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 024 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable at Michigan International Speedway. Gaughan most recently drove this RCR-prepared machine to a second-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May of this season.
Winner in the Irish Hills ... Gaughan has made seven previous Camping World Truck Series appearances at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility picking up the win in 2003. In total, the Las Vegas native has three top-five and four top-10 finishes. Gaughan holds an average starting position of 18.4 combined with an average finishing position of 8.9, has completed 99.9 percent (703 of 704) of the laps contest and led 48 laps, all of which came during the 2003 event.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Opened in December of 2005, the South Point resort was the first megaresort located south of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. The facility consists of a 25 story hotel tower and 90,000 square feet convention center located on a 60 acre site along Las Vegas Boulevard in Enterprise, Nevada. South Point Hotel offers a total of 2,163 rooms and 160,000 sq. ft. meeting and convention space; the largest of any hotel in Las Vegas that is not on the Strip. For more information, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111.
Thank You for Calling ... On average, the South Point Hotel & Casino receives more than 3,500 phone calls per day.
State Fair Bound ... Before heading to Michigan International Speedway, Gaughan will make a pit stop at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 15 to help promote the September race at Iowa Speedway. The RCR diver is scheduled to sign autographs at the Iowa Speedway display, participate in a fan question-and-answer session at the Chevrolet display, join local radio talent for on-air interviews and partake in some fine fair cuisine. Fans who cannot attend the event can follow @RCR62BGaughan on Twitter for a recap of the day's events.
In the Rearview Mirror: Pocono Raceway ... Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team earned an impressive ninth-place finish at Pocono Raceway, after starting from the 14th position and battling handling issues during the majority of 54-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE
What are your thoughts on racing at Michigan International Speedway? "Michigan (International Speedway) is another one of those tracks that really fits my style. It's big, mean and fast. I haven't had a chance to race there since the track was repaved. A situation like this makes me happy to be racing for Richard Childress Racing because this is basically an engineering race. Whoever has the best aero and motor package will do well at this race. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series there aren't many teams that are better than RCR, and I can't wait to get there with Shane (Wilson, crew chief) to see if we can't keep it fast on the high side."