Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Series Preview for Charlotte
October 9, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: Charlotte 500
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Charlotte ... In 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing teams have earned seven points-paying victories. Four wins were claimed by Dale Earnhardt, while Jeff Burton added to that total with a win in the October 2008 race and Kevin Harvick has taken home two trophies in one of NASCAR's marquee events - the Coca-Cola 600 in 2011 and 2013. Harvick also recorded an impressive win in the 2007 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race to go along with Earnhardt's three victories in the annual all-star showcase, giving RCR 11 total Sprint Cup Series checkered flags at the Concord, N.C.,-based track. Additionally, RCR boasts 21 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track with seven different drivers including Clint Bowyer, Burton, Earnhardt, Harvick, Ricky Rudd and Mike Skinner. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed two of those top-10 finishes from 1978-1979. The Welcome, N.C. organization has led a combined 1,141 laps at the Charlotte facility.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,363 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 43 pole awards,104 wins, 447 top-five finishes and 940 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 Kansas Rewind ... Last weekend at Kansas Speedway, Harvick captured his third victory of the 2013 season, winning from the pole position and leading 138 laps. Paul Menard also notched his eighth top-10 finish of the season and Burton brought home a top-15 finish (12th-place).
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 30 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Harvick at Kansas Speedway last week and collected three wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway in April, in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and last weekend at Kansas Speedway. Collectively, the organization has notched 12 top-five and 30 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 third in the standings. RCR's other two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 17th (Menard) and 19th (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, @RCR2BScott and driver Twitter pages @KevinHarvick and @BScottRacing. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRRacing.com along with official driver pages: www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick, www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton and www.facebook.com/BScottRacing.
Catch the Action ... ABC's live coverage from Charlotte Motor Speedway begins Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's Duracell/Menards Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 428 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was raced previously this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.
Charlotte by the Numbers ... Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of fifth and best finish of eighth both came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,444 of 4,636 laps attempted (95.9 percent) at the 1.5-mile track.
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Race Rewind ... Starting 24th in last year's edition of the Charlotte 500, Menard was involved in an early accident, relegating him to a 27th-place finish under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Menard's Thoughts on the Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway: "I enjoy racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's a 1.5-mile track and we've had some of our best runs at intermediate tracks this year. We're coming off a top-10 finish at Kansas (Speedway), another 1.5-mile track, so hopefully that will give us a little momentum going into the weekend. Turns one and two at Charlotte are different from turns three and four. The angles are different and the banking feels different. You have to be able to get back on the gas early and hard when you exit the turns in order to get around there fast. There's a lot of grip and the tires are usually hard, so the key is getting the car to point off of the corners and get on the throttle hard. It's a 500-mile Saturday night race, so depending on the weather, the track conditions will change from the start of the race to the end. We'll need to make sure we stay on top of our setups and make a good qualifying run on Thursday so we can start up front on Saturday."
No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS
This Week's Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Charlotte 500. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway last weekend.
Freaky Good, Freaky Fast ... Jimmy John's joins Harvick and the No. 29 team for their seventh of eight races during the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season. Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected two wins (2011 and 2013 Coca-Cola 600), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 18.8, an average finishing position of 17.3, has completed 97.4 percent (8,686 of 8,918) of the laps contested and has 34 laps led to his credit.
Find a Jimmy John's Near You ... Jimmy John's, known for fresh, quality products and freaky fast service, has 17 locations in the Charlotte, N.C. area, including one less than two miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway at 8532 Pit Stop Ct. Visit www.jimmyjohns.com to view the Jimmy John's menu, find your nearest location, order online or download the Jimmy John's mobile application.
Meet the Press ... Harvick will be available to members of the media at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield media center.
Crew Member for a Day ... The No. 29 Jimmy John's team will have additional race day support when the team is joined by ESPN News Editor Ken Fratus. Part of an ESPN Immersion program, Fratus will help the RCR team prepare for race day, attend the driver meeting with Harvick and crew chief Gil Martin, take part in the team meeting and join the team on pit road for pre-race ceremonies.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS in Sunday's race, Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Fast Fixin' Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Friday, Oct. 11. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET, along with the Performance Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Race Rewind ... After starting from the 11th position, Harvick and the No. 29 Jimmy John's team collected a 16th-place finish under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2012 edition of this event, after battling handling issues during the late stages of the 500-mile event.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES:
You won the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. What did the No. 29 team learn then that you can apply to this weekend? "Good pit strategy, that's what we hit on last time we were at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We had a decent car in May, but Gil (Martin, crew chief) made the right call at the end to put us in position to have a good restart. Once we were in the right spot, we were able to hold the lead once we got there and were able to pick up the win."
Compare the difference of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in fall to the spring. "The main difference is the temperature change. Once night falls during the October race, Charlotte (Motor Speedway) becomes completely different than what we practice on during the day. You can bet on the fact that the track will be really fast as the temperature drops and we'll gain a lot of grip."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
This Weekend's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 426 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway in June, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and Chicagoland Speedway in September.
Career Charlotte Stats ... This weekend's event marks Burton's 40th start at the 1.5-mile facility and his 686th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton notched his last Sprint Cup Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2008. Throughout the years, he has amassed three wins, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 435 laps.
No Stranger to Victory Lane ... Burton has made six previous visits to Charlotte Motor Speedway's Victory Lane across Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. He owns two Coca-Cola 600 race trophies from wins in 1999 and 2001, the 2008 Charlotte 500 race trophy, hardware from three Nationwide Series victories (2000, 2002 and 2007) and one Nationwide Series pole award (2001).
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Race Rewind ... A multi-car accident on a lap-16 restart collected Burton's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet relegating him to a 28th-place finish under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on going back to Charlotte Motor Speedway after a strong run in May? "When we raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, it started a run of races where we ran better than the year before. That was the start of the No. 31 team understanding what it takes to run well. We're going back to Charlotte with more confidence than ever. The strong runs are there, just not consistent finishes. We've changed so much with our 1.5-mile program since the first Charlotte races that I am excited to see what we have to offer. These Gen-6 cars have also evolved a lot since May which was expected in the beginning."
No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... This week, Brian Scott will make his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start under the lights in the Charlotte 500. Scott and the No. 33 Shore Lodge team will bring chassis No. 418 to the 1.5-mile, quad oval. Teammate Austin Dillon drove this Richard Childress Racing prepared Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season, while Paul Menard piloted it at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
Sprint Cup Start No. 1 ... This Saturday night, Scott will make his first-career Sprint Cup Series start. The Boise, Idaho, native is currently seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings and has 201 career-NASCAR Series starts under his belt. He has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories, two Nationwide Series pole awards, eight top-five and 35 top-10 finishes.
Scott's Charlotte History... Scott has seven Nationwide Series starts to his credit at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The RCR driver has five starts inside the top-10, holding an average starting position of 10th place, with his best start of fourth coming in the May event earlier this year. He has one top five and three top-10 finishes, along with one-lap led. He also has two Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit with a best start of seventh coming in the 2009 event.
Did You Know Sprint Cup Debuts at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a "go to" type track for drivers to make their Sprint Cup Series debuts over the years:
- A total of 62 NASCAR drivers have made their Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- Six active NASCAR drivers have made their Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Elliott Sadler (5/24/98), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), David Reutimann (10/15/05) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11).
- Only two other NASCAR drivers have made their Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway under the current series entitlement sponsorship.
Brian Scott Debut Facts and Figures ... While Scott is set to climb aboard the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS this Saturday evening for 500 miles of racing at NASCAR's top level, did you know this about the 25-year-old RCR competitor and his debut
-Scott has never driven a number higher than 18 in NASCAR sanctioned event.
-Two other drivers made their Sprint Cup Series debut at the age of 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson and Friday Hassler.
-First Idaho native to make their Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
-First RCR driver to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
-16th driver to compete at the Sprint Cup Series level at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Richard Childress Racing.
-Will become the 32nd driver to make a Sprint Cup Series start for RCR.
Meet Scott in Concord on Saturday Morning ... Prior to taking the green flag for Saturday evening's Sprint Cup race, fans can meet Scott and his RCR teammates, Austin and Ty Dillon, that morning. The RCR trio will be signing autographs at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, N.C. starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Time as part of Armour Vienna Sausages and Hungry Man's Tastes of Victory. Armour and Hungry Man representatives will give away a custom designed 2013 No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro to one of five lucky pre-selected fans.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 33 team this Saturday evening 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.
Double Duty Racing ... Along with making his Sprint Cup Series debut, Scott will tend to his Nationwide Series duties Friday evening piloting the No. 2 Charter Media Chevrolet Camaro for RCR. The Nationwide Series race is scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, along with the Performance Racing Network along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts as you're about to make your Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend? "It'll be an exciting time. It's something that I've dreamed about since I was a young kid, and will be great to see it come to fruition. I was fortunate enough to do two evenings of testing at Charlotte (Motor Speedway) to get acclimated to the Chevrolet SS with the crew. I'm really excited that we all left the test feeling pretty good and are anxious to get back and see how we stack up with everyone else."
What was the most noticeable difference between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and the Nationwide Series car? "It's nice to have all that power under the hood, and you have to figure out how to use the power. We have to figure out how to maintain and use momentum to our advantage, and keep the tires on the track throughout the 500 miles. I'm learning and can't wait to see how we do Saturday."