Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Series Preview for New Hampshire
September 17, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: SYLVANIA 300
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Richard Childress has four victories as a team owner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Robby Gordon (2001), Kevin Harvick (2006) and Clint Bowyer (2007 and 2010). In 97 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, Childress also has two pole awards, 15 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton, Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Gordon, Harvick, Steve Park and Mike Skinner.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,354 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 42 pole awards,103 wins,446 top-five finishes and 936 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 14 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, five NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
RCR Chicagoland Rewind ... Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Harvick notched his seventh top-five finish of the season (third-place), while Burton and Paul Menard finished 14th and 22nd, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 27 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway in April and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, notched 11 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. Harvick is representing RCR in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is currently fourth in the standings. RCR's other two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 16th (Menard) and 22nd (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.
Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Sprint Cup Series team Twitter pages - @RCR27PMenard, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter page @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facenook/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRRacing.com along with official driver pages: www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick, and www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton.
Catch the Action ... ESPN's live coverage from New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's SYLVANIA/Menards Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 434 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will turn its first laps this weekend at the one-mile facility.
Menard at "The Magic Mile"... Menard has 13 starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His best start of seventh and best finish of 12th both came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 3,822 of 3,862 laps attempted (99 percent) at the Loudon, N.H., track.
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Lights On ... Menard is scheduled to participate in a "Night Drive" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted by SYLVANIA, which is Sunday's race-entitlement sponsor. The RCR driver will give select media members pace car rides around the "Magic Mile" on Friday evening in an official pace car outfitted with SilverStar ULTRA headlight bulbs. A second pace car with standard factory bulbs will be driven by track personnel to demonstrate the difference in bulb brightness. In addition, SYLVANIA auto representatives will be on hand to discuss how headlights dim over time, reducing field of vision and the ability to recognize road hazards.
Race Rewind ... Starting seventh, Menard overcame a tight-handling car throughout last year's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, before bringing home his career-best Sprint Cup Series finish of 12th at the one-mile track.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "New Hampshire is a fun little track. You're hard on the brakes there. The track is flat with tight corners and long straightaways. You need to have the right setup on the car in order to get down the straightaways and through the corners. We've got SYLVANIA on the hood of the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet this weekend for the SYLVANIA 300, so it would be great to put on a good showing for them. New Hampshire provides us with some short-track-style racing, which makes it exciting for the fans."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 433 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the SYLVANIA 300. This Chevrolet is new to the No. 29 team rotation and is scheduled to be on track for the first time this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
New England Stats ... Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The California native won this race back in 2006 from the pole position and has also collected five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 14.2, a 13.4 average finishing position, has completed 99.3 percent (7,323 of 7,377) of the laps contested and has 319 laps led to his credit.
Be(er) Responsible ... On Friday, Sept. 20, Anheuser-Busch employees and wholesalers will encourage adults to take a very important ride: one with a designated driver behind the wheel. As part of Global Be(er) Responsible Day, Anheuser-Busch InBev and its sister companies from around the world will share information with adults about the company's responsible drinking programs, including being or using a designated driver. In the United States, Anheuser-Busch employees will take to the streets and canvass retail locations reminding adults about Budweiser's important message to Designate A Driver and Enjoy the Great Times. During all activities nationwide, employees and wholesalers will ask people in their communities to show support by pledging to drink responsibly at www.nationofresponsibledrinkers.com.
Race Rewind ... After starting from the 16th position, Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team scored an 11th-place finish in the 2012 SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES
What is the key to running well at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "The hardest thing is just making your car turn in the middle of the corner and being able to have enough forward drive up off. It always seems like the New Hampshire race comes down to a track position strategy call on two tires or four tires toward the end of the race. Track position will play a big part, but getting your car to handle right will probably play an equal part."
What do you like about racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "I always look forward to going to New Hampshire (Motor Speedway). I like that type of track because it's flat; similar to the tracks out west where I started my racing career. There's a lot of braking. You have to really work on getting your car through the center of the corner and still have the forward drive you need up off the corner."
No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet SS
This Weekend's No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March, New Hampshire in July and earlier this month at Richmond International Raceway.
Career New Hampshire Stats ... This race marks Burton's 38th start in "The Granite State" and 683rd-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed four wins, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at the 1.058-mile facility and led 783 laps.
Mr. New Hampshire ... Burton is no stranger to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing home race-winning trophies in four-consecutive seasons (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000). During his memorable victory in the 2000 event, the South Boston, Va. native paced the field for all 300 circuits, marking the last time a Sprint Cup Series driver led 100 percent of the laps completed.
Black and Yellow ... The iconic General Mills brand Cheerios returns as the primary sponsor on Burton's No. 31 Chevrolet SS. America's No.1 cereal franchise has roots as a NASCAR sponsor for more than 15 years and began its partnership with RCR in 2008 with the Cheerios brand as the primary sponsor of the No. 33 Sprint Cup Series team. The program moved to the No. 31 team as a co-primary sponsor for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season.
2012 Race Rewind ... Burton and the No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet team battled handling issues throughout the day and persevered for a top-15 finish in the 2012 SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE
People say you can compare New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Phoenix International Raceway. Is that true? "New Hampshire Motor Speedway is definitely a short track. The corners there seem to last forever. They are long and flat, so handling is everything. There are corner-entry, middle of the corner and exit issues you have to worry about. When you are off a little bit at this track, it's really magnified because the corners are so long. Historically, we tend to run well in New Hampshire. I felt like we had a chance to win the race in July so we should be competitive again this weekend."