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RCR Nationwide Series Post-Race Report: Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series
February 23, 2013
Race Highlights:

• Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Tony Stewart), sixth (Brian Scott) and 21st (Austin Dillon).
• Scott ranks fourth in the Nationwide Series championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by three markers, while Dillon ranks 16th.
• The No. 33 Chevrolet team leads the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team sixth in the standings and the No. 3 team 21st.
• Stewart's win served as RCR's fifth Nationwide Series win at Daytona International Speedway and Stewart's seventh victory at the 2.5-mile restrictor-plate track.
• According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Stewart ranked third in the Closers category, advancing 15 positions in the final 10 percent of the race.
• Scott led five laps, while Stewart led three.
• Dillon ranked ninth in the Fastest Laps Run category (three).
• Stewart was followed to the finish line by Hornish, Alex Bowman, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Parker Kligerman.
• The next Nationwide Series race is the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 2. The second race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Scott Earns Career-Best, Sixth-Place Daytona International Speedway Finish in Richard Childress Racing Debut

Brian Scott earned a career-best sixth-place Daytona International Speedway finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener Saturday afternoon. Scott, who made his Nationwide Series debut with Richard Childress Racing, showed patience and skill behind the wheel of the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro for most of the 120-lap event. Scott stayed near the rear of the field to avoid being caught up in the "big one", alongside teammate Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart. After a multi-car incident in the closing laps, NASCAR displayed the red flag for extensive clean up. Once the red-flag was lifted, Scott took the green from the 12th position for a three lap shootout. On the final lap, a second multi-car incident broke out. With nowhere to go, Scott was caught in the accident as he crossed the finish line, but managed to earn a career-best, sixth-place finish at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Start - 29 Finish - 6 Laps Led - 5 Points - 4

"Our goal was to leave Daytona with a top-10 finish. We drove conservatively trying to miss the early wrecks. I knew things would get crazy, I tried to put the Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro in the best spot I could and make it through everything to get a good finish. Everything broke loose at the end and unfortunately we got caught up in it, but we still crossed the line sixth. As a racecar driver my greatest fear is the fans being injured from one of our wrecks. My thoughts and prayers to all fans involved."

Dillon Settles for 21st-place Finish at Daytona International Speedway Following Multi-Car Incident

Austin Dillon was a strong contender in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet for much of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, but a multi-car incident just four laps shy of the finish caused heavy damage to the Richard Childress Racing entry, relegating the team to a 21st-place finish. Dillon started the 120-lap event from the fifth position and raced anywhere from second to 40th as the field battled two and three-wide through the high-banked, 2.5-mile superspeedway. With approximately 20 laps remaining in the event, the Welcome, N.C. driver was scored in the 20th position and made a plan to draft with teammate Tony Stewart to the front of the field. Dillon raced to the sixth spot and was making a charge forward with four laps remaining, but was tagged from behind and turned into the outside wall. Contact with the wall sent Dillon for a spin collecting several other race cars, creating a multi-car incident that caused extensive damage to the No. 3 Chevrolet and forced NASCAR officials to display the red flag for 19 minutes and 52 seconds. Down but not out, the AdvoCare pit crew went to work making repairs to the black No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. Dillon rejoined the field when green-flag racing resumed, nursing his entry to a 21st place finish even as a second multi-car incident occurred as the field crossed the finish line.

Start - 5 Finish - 21 Points Position - 16 Laps Led - 0

"We were sitting sixth right there and thought we could get through it, but ended up getting collected in that pile up. It's unfortunate but I am more concerned about the wreck that happened a few laps later and all of those fans in the stands. My thoughts and prayers are with them right now and I hope they are okay."

Tony Stewart Survives Last-Lap Melee to Win Seventh Nationwide Series Race at Daytona International Speedway

Tony Stewart survived a multi-car accident during the final lap of the DRIVE4COPD 300 Saturday afternoon, capturing his seventh-career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart and Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Ritz Crackers/Oreo team started the 120-lap affair from the tenth position and fell back in the field during the early laps to avoid trouble during the race. Following a lap-107 restart, the Sprint Cup Series regular was scored in the 21st position and quickly made a charge toward the front of the field. Just as Stewart took over the second spot, the field was slowed for the sixth time for a multi-car accident. Due to extensive on-track clean up, NASCAR officials displayed the red flag and halted cars on the race track. When green-flag racing resumed, the No. 33 Chevrolet team was scored in the second position for a green-white-checkered finish. Stewart took the white flag as the leader and slid back as the pack headed into turn two. As the field raced to the checkered flag, a multi-car accident erupted in front of Ritz Cracker/Oreo Chevrolet. The veteran driver was able to maneuver around spinning cars and debris to capture his seventh Nationwide Series victory at the famed superspeedway, tying a record held by the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Start - 10 Finish - 1 Laps Led - 3 Points - N/A

"We've always known that racing is a dangerous sport. As drivers, we assume that risk. But it's hard when fans get caught up in it. This win is a big deal to us, but I'm more worried about the fans in the stands and the drivers involved. I could see it all in the mirror and it didn't look good from where I was either."

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