Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 21, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: History 300
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... In 52 previous starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has visited Victory Lane on two occasions; most recently with Jeff Burton in 2007 and also with Jeff Green in 2002. The organization has started from the pole position five times and has 15 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes. RCR entries have completed 94.3 percent of laps attempted, with 482 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 894 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 303 top-five finishes, 502 top-10 finishes and 42 pole awards with an average starting position of 12.1 and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Kevin Harvick and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick and again in 2007 with Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the nine races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The organization has led 159 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Austin Dillon is ranked sixth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 52 points, while Brian Scott is eighth, 58 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 33 Chevrolet team ranks seventh, while the No. 3 team ranks ninth and the No. 2 team ranks 11th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news and 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, @KevinHarvick and @DakodaArmstrong and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3, facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick and facebook.com/Dakoda22.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the History 300 will be televised on ABC beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, May 25 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 117 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday afternoon's History 300. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Scott started third and earned an eighth-place finish.
Stats at Charlotte ... The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has six previous Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning one top-five (fifth in 2011) and three top-10 finishes. Additionally, the Boise, Idaho native has four top-10 starts, with his best starting spot of seventh coming in the fall 2012 event.
Point Out the Points ... After eight races in the 2013 season, Scott is currently eighth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 58 markers out of first.
Seeing America's Colors ... The No.2 Shore Lodge Camaro will sport America's colors this weekend, as the team will participate in NASCAR "An American Salute" program. Celebrating America and supporting our military and their families this Memorial Day weekend, the No. 2 black and grey Chevrolet will feature patriotic colors and stars on the side skirts, splitter and spoiler along with a patriotic Nationwide windshield logo.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Hometown Crews ... Charlotte Motor Speedway race weekend allows Nationwide Series crews the ability to spend more time at home. Many members of the No. 2 team were raised in the Charlotte area. Car Chief Ben Bowden hails from Julian, N.C., Shock Specialist Dustin Stanley is from Lewisville, N.C., Mechanic Mike Scearce grew up in Reedy Creek, N.C., Engine Specialist Timmy Petty was raised in Level Cross, N.C., Front Tire Changer Matt Humphries hails from Conover, N.C., and Front Tire Carrier Thad Wymer is a native of Thomasville, N.C.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES
Appearance wise, Charlotte Motor Speedway is a lot like Texas Motor Speedway- does it drive that way? "Charlotte (Motor Speedway) drives nothing like Texas (Motor Speedway). The banking and transitions are so different, plus the grip level on the tires is a lot different. I love Charlotte Motor Speedway, it's been a strong track for me and I've always been fast there. Plus, it will be nice to get back on a mile-and-half after racing at Richmond (International Raceway), Talladega (Superspeedway) and Darlington (Raceway)."
Charlotte Motor Speedway is known for its temperature sensitivity; does that affect you in the Nationwide Series race? "None of the temperature swings in the Nationwide Series race are like those you see in the Coca-Cola 600. We'll get a few temperature changes because of cloud cover; but I think the whole stigma of Charlotte being temperature sensitive is because of the Coca-Cola 600 event transitioning from day to night."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 119 in the History 300. Dillon raced this Chevrolet Camaro to a third-place finish, after starting third, at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Dillon at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... In Dillon's lone Nationwide Series appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2012, he earned an 11th-place finish after starting second. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at Charlotte in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of seventh in the May 2011 event.
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 Charlotte Motor Speedway. 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 Charlotte Motor Speedway, 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 $7,000 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.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE
What do you think about Charlotte Motor Speedway? "Charlotte Motor Speedway is a tough track. I think it is a place where we are planning on testing. It's a fast track and it changes so much over the course of the day. It changes so much. Temperature change is huge there, so it's an unpredictable place. Going there this year I have a little more confidence because we've been working really hard to try and get our cars better for there."
A lot of people say that all of the mile-and-half tracks are the same, do you disagree? "I enjoy the mile-and-a-half tracks. My best records are at mile-and-a-halves. It's just where I've run well in the past. However, Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of those tracks that I find to be the most difficult of the ones we run. I think it's built off of a landfill, so it changes a lot (insert laughter). But really, it's a cool track, it's just different than the mile-and-a-halves that I have been really good at in the past."
No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's WinField Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Dakoda Armstrong will pilot Chassis No. 118 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This RCR-prepared machine was last utilized by the No. 3 team at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012 where it was raced to a sixth-place finish.
Back in the Driver's Seat ... Armstrong returns to the RCR Nationwide Series program this weekend for his second, of five, scheduled appearances in the 2013 season. The 300-mile event is the 21-year-old's second start for RCR.
Rookie in the CLT ... Saturday's History 300 marks Armstrong's first Nationwide Series appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his third-career Nationwide Series start. The Indiana native has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start to his credit at the 1.5-mile facility, starting 24th and finishing 13th in May 2012.
WinField on the Hood ... WinField, a Land O'Lakes company, offers top-performing seed and crop protection products and will adorn the hood of the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With unmatched agricultural expertise and performance as core company values, WinField brands match leading seed and crop protection products to help growers, dealers and other industry partners achieve high levels of success. WinField brands include CROPLAN® seed, crop protection products, plant nutrients and other proprietary products. Backed with unrivaled technical services and knowledge, WinField™ products deliver outstanding solutions and value for the agricultural industry.
Race Rewind: Auto Club Speedway ... Making his Nationwide Series debut with RCR, Armstrong garnered an impressive top-15 finish at Auto Club Speedway in March, after qualifying 13th.
DAKODA ARMSTRONG QUOTE
What are your thoughts on Competing for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway? "I'm looking forward to getting another shot to compete for Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series at Charlotte (Motor Speedway). I think running the Camping World Truck Series race a week before at Charlotte is an added benefit and will allow me to get familiar with the track since I have only raced there once. Driving the No. 21 WinField Chevrolet this weekend is a great opportunity for me, and I'm excited to work with the group at RCR again this weekend."
No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 120 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the 300-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. This Chevrolet has seen action once this season, at Texas Motor Speedway where Harvick finished fifth.
Event Stats ... Since 2000, Harvick has made 22 Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile facility collecting three pole awards (May 2001 and 2003, October 2003), four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. The two-time Nationwide Series champion holds an 11.9 average starting position coupled with an 11.5 average finishing position, has completed 99.4 percent (4,353 of 4,378) of the laps contested and is credited with 274 laps led.
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Are You the Ultimate RCR Fan? ... Now through June 30, 2013, Hunt Brothers Pizza is offering race fans the chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip for two to Charlotte, N.C., for a VIP experience during the October race weekend. The prize package includes race tickets, a behind-the-scenes tour of Richard Childress Racing and Childress Vineyards, spending money and more. Fans can enter to win by visiting the RCR Fan Experience Sweepstakes page on www.huntbrotherspizza.com or by completing a mail-in entry. For official rules, visit www.huntbrotherspizza.com.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro Saturday afternoon, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday evening. This race is scheduled to air live FOX at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Racing team captured a fourth-place finish, after leading the most laps during the 2012 History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE
What are your thoughts on driving the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway? "Charlotte (Motor Speedway) is one of those places where I seem to run well, but haven't had the finishes that I would have liked in the Nationwide Series. I enjoy running at intermediate-style tracks like Charlotte, especially in the Nationwide Series. I think it will be fun to get behind the wheel of the No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend and I'm hoping that we can visit Victory Lane this time. It would be great to cross this track of the checklist and pick up a win for the team and everyone at Hunt Brothers Pizza."