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Daytona 500, Sunday, February 23, 2014

Daytona International Speedway

Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Daytona International Speedway ... Dating back to 1976, Richard Childress Racing has won 12 poles and collected five points-paying victories at the most-storied race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. RCR owns two Daytona 500 wins (Dale Earnhardt - 1998, Kevin Harvick - 2007), three Coke Zero 400 trophies (Earnhardt - 1990, 1993 and Harvick - 2010) and 14 qualifying races, including 10-consecutive victories with Earnhardt (1990 - 1999). In addition, RCR has earned the Sprint Unlimited a total of eight times, with drivers Harvick (2009, 2010, 2013) and Earnhardt (1986, '88, '91, '93, and '95).

RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,381 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 43 pole awards,105 wins, 449 top-five finishes and 946 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, six 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.

Save Kids' Lives by Joining the Childress Champions ... Help support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma by selecting your favorite driver when making a bronze level donation of $33 (Austin Dillon), $27 (Paul Menard) or $31 (Ryan Newman) to CIPT. To make a tax deductable donation, visit: The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit

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, @RCR31RNewman, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @RyanJNewman and @BScottRacing. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at and at along with official driver pages - , and

Catch the Action ... The 56th running of the Daytona 500 will be televised live Sunday, Feb. 23 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The Duels at Daytona, two 150-mile qualifying races will take the green flag Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Austin Dillon
No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Dow Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 440 in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon utilized during January testing, where he topped the speed charts.

Dillon at Daytona ... Dillon made his first start in the Great American Race in last year's Daytona 500 driving the No. 33 Honey Nut Cheerios Chevrolet to a 31st-place finish, after he was involved in a multi-car incident on lap 137 of 200. In four Nationwide Series starts at the 2.5-mile restrictor-plate track, the Welcome, N.C., driver has three top-five finishes, with a best finish of fourth in July 2012. He also has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Daytona.

Pole Sitter ... Dillon will lead the 43-car starting field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon after earning his career-first Sprint Cup Series pole award with a lap of 196.019 mph (45.914 seconds). It marks the fourth time the No. 3 has won the pole for the Daytona 500, and its 67th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, overall.

Welcome, Dow ... Dillon's rookie year in the Sprint Cup is also Dow's first year as a primary sponsor with RCR and the No. 3 Chevrolet. Together, both teams embrace the power of safety, science and technology as RCR tests Dow products under the most strenuous conditions. Dow also drives innovation to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, bringing a broad range of sustainable products and solutions to customers in nearly 180 countries.

#CheerThe3 ... Beginning this week, limited edition Cheerios boxes to commemorate the return of the No. 3 to NASCAR's premier series with NASCAR champion Austin Dillon will be available to shoppers exclusively at The Kroger Co. Family of Stores nationwide. The collectible Cheerios box, which required rare brand approval to replace the traditional red heart with the iconic No. 3, also features historic photos and facts about the legendary number. Fans can interact and receive unique content about Austin Dillon and the No. 3 race team throughout the 2014 season by visiting the "Cheer the 3" social media communities on Facebook ( ) and Twitter @Cheerthe3.

Time to Duel ... The Duel at Daytona features two 150-mile races from which the majority of the final starting grid for the Daytona 500 will be set. By virtue of qualifying first in last Sunday's qualifying session, Dillon will be on the pole in the first of the two qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 20.

What does it mean to you to sit on the pole for the Daytona 500 driving the No. 3 car?
"It's amazing. Dow has had a good start. They actually just got the first Olympic medal for us in the luge, in the women's luge for a bronze, and now they got the pole at the Daytona 500. It shows that the technology that that group is able to bring, not only as a partner with us, but as a performance partner. So, it's pretty cool to see what they've been able to do. As far as starting the year off with a pole right here, it brings some momentum into our season already to show that RCR cars have speed, and I'm so happy to be working with Gil Martin and all of our guys. I sat down at the test at Nashville Superspeedway we had, and it was fun just to sit back and watch them work. They're so experienced and good at what they do. I know I'm the young guy out of the group, the rookie of the group, and I really think I'm going to learn a lot this year from these guys."

How much responsibility is it to drive the No. 3 car?
"I think it is a huge responsibility. Everybody knows who made this number famous, and with my grandfather and his friendship they were able to build something great that will never be touched. But, we feel like with bringing it back as my grandfather's grandson and working with RCR it's going to be special. And I feel like we've put in a lot of hard work and effort at the shop and we're prepared for everything that's to come. I'm just so thankful that we were able to work with great sponsors like Dow and Cheerios to make this happen. It takes a lot of things to come into place to get this opportunity and it's a dream come true to be in the situation that I'm in. I'm going to take it every day and I feel fortunate to be in this situation. I want to go out there and run well, and go out each time try and set goals to be able to crush. We want to go out there and set high goals and maintain those. I feel like if we do that, it makes everything that much sweeter."

Paul Menard
No. 27 PEAK/Menards Chevrolet SS
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This Week's PEAK/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 447 for both the Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.

Stats for "The Great American Race"... Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in July 2008 and his best finish of sixth came in the 2012 Daytona 500. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,156 of 2,309 laps attempted at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, leading 38 of them.

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Time to Duel ... The Duel at Daytona feature two 150-mile races to determine the final starting grid for the Daytona 500. By virtue of qualifying 10th in last Sunday's qualifying session, Menard will start fifth in the second of the two qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.

Meet Menard at the Chevy Q&A ... Fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Menard on Friday, Feb. 21 at 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time on the Team Chevy Stage, located in the merchandise area outside of Turn 4.


Paul Menards Thoughts about Teammate Changes This Season: "The atmosphere is good around Richard Childress Racing with the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. The No. 27 team is pretty intact with the exception of two new engineers, but for the most part we have the same core group of guys. There are a lot of changes around us with Ryan (Newman) and Austin (Dillon), which is exciting. Ryan brings a new outlook to RCR and a level of experience to our group as a consistent Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) driver with multiple wins and has worked with several premier racing organizations. Austin has more NASCAR championships than Ryan and I combined. He's a young kid full of energy and he's a lot of fun to be around. I think it's going to be a great and I'm ready to get it all started."

Menard's Thoughts on the Daytona 500: "The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the year for our sport. You can hear and feel the excitement building through the day as we get ready for the green flag. RCR and our No. 27 Menards team has put a lot of work into this race and we feel good about our Chevrolet. The best part for me is getting in the car, strapping in and thinking about the 500 miles of intense racing that lies ahead at Daytona. Winning this race is a dream for any driver and I hope we're right there when the checkered flag flies on Sunday."

Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 446 in Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new and will take to the track for the first time on Wednesday for the two scheduled practice sessions.

Newman in the Daytona 500 ... Newman is the proud owner of a Harley J. Earl trophy by winning the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008. In total, the South Bend, Ind., native has 25 starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway as well as four top-five and six top-10 finishes. His average start is 20th, average finish is 20th and he's led 101 laps of completion.

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Down to the Duels ... Newman recorded the fifth-fastest lap on Sunday during NASCAR's Daytona 500 qualifying session earning him the third starting spot in Thursday night's first 150-mile Duel event. He'll start directly behind the Daytona 500 pole sitter and teammate Austin Dillon. The top-15 finishers in each Duel race -- excluding Dillon and Martin Truex Jr. who are starting first and second in the field -- will earn an automatic spot in the Daytona 500 by filling positions three through 32.

Ask Ryan Anything ... Newman is schedule to participate with fans in a one hour NASCAR Reddit AMA session presented by Quicken Loans on Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman led three laps in the Great American Race on his way to a fifth-place finish.

What are your thoughts heading into this weekend's Daytona 500 with your new CAT Racing team at RCR?
"I am really looking forward to it, especially seeing how fast we have been running so far here in Daytona. I feel it's a privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that has been so successful in so many ways and on so many levels. I have had three heroes as race car drivers growing up. They were Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt and Dale Earnhardt. The point about Dale Earnhardt was a lot of people that are still at RCR had an influence and were a part of so many great championships. Those championships happened because Earnhardt could beat the competition before he ever got to the race track. That's our chore or our task to replicate that and have every organization out there fearing us when we show up at the track. As a member of this RCR team, I look forward to the next couple of days of racing. It's all about having fun. If I can see that checkered flag before everybody else, then it's a good day. It will make the start to 2014 so much better."

What does winning the 50th Daytona 500 mean to you?
"It was such a special day for so many reasons especially when you look at the history of NASCAR. I joined a prestigious group of drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Buddy Baker. I always thought if I was going to amount to anything in NASCAR, I would need to win the Daytona 500. I did and let me tell you, winning that race meant, and still means, a lot."

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