Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Series Preview for Texas
October 29, 2013
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: Texas AAA 500
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
RCR at Texas ... In 74 starts at Texas Motor Speedway dating back to 1997, RCR has recorded one win (Jeff Burton, April 2007), eight top-five and 28 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green and Paul Menard. Prior to TMS's inaugural season in 1997, Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the now defunct Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams boast a 20.5 average starting position, a 16.3 average finishing position and have completed 23,927 of the 24,749 contested laps (96.7 percent) with 139 laps led at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth-based race track.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,372 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 43 pole awards, 104 wins, 448 top-five finishes and 943 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 Martinsville Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, Harvick collected his 18th top-10 finish of the 2013 season (sixth-place) while Burton crossed the finish line in 11th and Menard 22nd.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 33 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Harvick at Kansas Speedway in October and collected three wins with him at Richmond International Raceway in April, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and at Kansas Speedway in October. Collectively, the organization has notched 13 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick, Menard and Brian Scott. 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 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 - @RCR3ADillon, @RCR27PMenard and @RCR29KHarvick, and driver Twitter pages - @KevinHarvick, @JeffBurton and @AustinDillon3. 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/austindillon3.
Catch the Action ... ESPN's live coverage from Texas Motor Speedway begins Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 427 at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It was also utilized in a two-day test session at Texas last week.
Menard in The Lone Star State ... Menard has 14 starts at Texas Motor Speedway. His best start of fourth and best finish of fifth came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,502 of 4,687 laps attempted (96.1 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading two of them.
The No. 27 to have Different Look in Texas ... The No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS will sport a different look this weekend carrying a special paint scheme combination of Quaker State green and Menards yellow.
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Meet Menard ... Fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Menard on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11:45 a.m. Central Time at the Team Chevy Stage located in the midway at Texas Motor Speedway.
Race Rewind ... Menard started in the 27th position in last year's AAA Texas 500 and ultimately finished 27th after struggling with handling issues throughout the event.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I'm excited to go back to Texas Motor Speedway. We tested there for a couple of days last week, and I feel like we learned a lot that we can apply to the Quaker/State Menards Chevrolet this weekend. We had a good car there in the spring, but had a mechanical issue late in the race that prevented us from finishing well. Texas is a track that has a lot of character to it, with a lot of bumps. It's a fun, fast 1.5-mile race track and after all the testing we did last week I feel good about our chances on Sunday. Racing will be tough this weekend with the season winding down; everyone wants to finish out the season with a win."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Texas Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AAA Texas 500. Harvick drove this RCR-prepared machine to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway and to a sixth-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.
Racing in the Lone Star State ... Since 2001, Harvick has made 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, has an average starting position of 21.1 coupled with an average finishing position of 12.5, has completed 99.8 percent (7,011 of 7,025) of the laps contested and has five laps led to his credit. In addition to his Sprint Cup Series stats, Harvick has visited Victory Lane five times (March 2007, November 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and once (November 2011) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 team salvaged a ninth-place finish in the 2012 AAA Texas 500 after starting from the 23rd position and battling handling issues for the majority of the event.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES:
How important is qualifying and track position at a place like Texas Motor Speedway?
"Qualifying is definitely very important on the 1.5-mile race tracks. Texas (Motor Speedway) is one of those places where the tires wear out, but track position is so important to keep the handling on your car. We tested there last week and hope that the information we gathered will allow us to go back to the track with a good balance on our car. We tried some different things and I'm hoping we learned enough to not only make me comfortable in the race car, but be able to put ourselves in a position to run in the top five and possibly even win the race."
What is the race at Texas Motor Speedway like from the driver perspective?
"There is never a dull moment because you're trying to drive the car to the edge every lap. You're trying to make the car go as fast as you can. When you're in traffic, it's harder to drive the car than it is when you're out there by yourself for the fact that it takes downforce off of the car and it feels like the car is lifting out of the race track. These cars become even harder to drive in traffic. It's definitely a challenge every lap."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Texas Motor Speedway... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized four times this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, Kentucky Speedway in June, Michigan International Speedway in August and Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
No Stranger to Victory Lane ... Burton was Texas Motor Speedway's first two-time Sprint Cup Series race winner after visiting Victory Lane in the inaugural NSCS event in 1997 with Roush Fenway Racing and again in 2007 with Richard Childress Racing. Burton has also tallied three top-five and nine top-10 finishes while leading 180 laps at the 1.5-mile facility.
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Q&A session ... Burton will be appearing on the main stage of Texas Motor Speedway's No Limits Garage Party for a fan question-and-answer session. The season ticketholder event, held in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage on Sprint Cup Series raceday, will feature a motorcycle Wall of Death, extreme circus stage acts, The Cannon Lady shooting herself over the garage, and more.
Race Rewind 2012 ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team battled back to finish 19th last November at Texas Motor Speedway after untimely caution-flag periods trapped them multiple laps down to the leader.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading into Texas Motor Speedway this weekend?
"Texas Motor Speedway is a place that is different every time we go there. The asphalt has gotten to where it is really slick like the old Darlington Raceway and the track radically changes from one day to the next. That's why we've seen so many different winners there recently. I expect that to be the case again this weekend. I think half of the garage has tested there, including RCR, and that will play a huge role in who will be up front. It will be interesting to see who the winners and losers are from the test sessions."
No. 33 Boot Barn Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Boot Barn Chevrolet SS at Texas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 418 in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Dillon drove this Chevrolet SS to a 19th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, a 26th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and an 11th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in June. This former No. 27 entry was also driven by teammate Paul Menard to a 13th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a 17th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Dillon at Texas Motor Speedway ... In addition to competing in the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in April (finished 33rd in a Phoenix Racing entry), Dillon has made three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track, with a best finish of third in April 2013, and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, with a best finish of second in November 2011. He earned a pole award in the Truck Series in June 2010.
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Last Time Around ... In his last Sprint Cup Series start, Dillon drove Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 14 Chevrolet to a 26th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway after flying airborne on the final lap while running in the third position. Dillon was drafting with fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr at the time of the incident. The two drivers were making a plan to overtake race leader Jamie McMurray when Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. dove low to make a move. Dillon tried to defend his position and chaos ensued.
Double Duty ... In addition to competing in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race, Dillon is scheduled to drive the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro in the Nationwide Series event on Saturday, Nov. 2. The race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
Do you feel like you learned a lot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in April that you can apply to the fall race?
"Anytime you can sit in a race car you can learn, which is one of the reasons my brother and I have embraced dirt racing so much throughout our career. I feel like I learned a lot racing at Texas Motor Speedway in the spring, and I hope I can use some of the things I learned in April this weekend."