Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Atlanta
August 27, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Great Clips 300
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 26 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has made two trips to Victory Lane, securing race wins with Jeff Burton in March 2006 and 2007. Burton scored RCR's lone pole award in Nationwide Series competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 2008. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at the Hampton, Ga., facility. RCR drivers have completed 97.6 percent of the laps attempted at the 1.540-mile track (5,071 of 5,198 laps), with 332 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 940 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 48 pole awards, 316 top-five and 524 top-10 finishes, with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.4 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 23 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 19 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards doing so at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway and set the all-time consecutive pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four. The organization has led 655 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish Jr by six points, while Brian Scott is seventh, 60 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits fourth, while the No. 2 team is ninth and the No. 33 team is 12th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, 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 and @KevinHarvick and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/officialKevinHarvick.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Great Clips 300 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, August 31 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Armour Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Armour Vienna Sausages team head to "The Peach State" this weekend for night racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Scott will pilot chassis No. 129 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday evening's Great Clips 300. This chassis was utilized at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Scott earned a career best second-place finish and led three laps.
Hotlanta History ... The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has three previous Nationwide Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he has a best finish of 11th to his credit in this race one year ago. Additionally, he has four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with two top-10 finishes and one lap led.
Point Out the Points ... Entering the home stretch of the 2013 season, Scott is currently seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 60 markers out of first.
Consistently on a Roll ... Since his top-five finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Scott had been on a consistent roll with an average finish of 8.8 and average starting spot of 7.5.
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Rock Running ... After running 250-laps this past Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Scott and several of his friends suited up and participated in the Rock Race 5k at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. The 3.1-mile run included obstacles that are reminiscent of the hit TV show "Wipeout." Such obstacles included the world's largest inflatable slide, wrecking ball, belly flop drop, gorilla bars and the world's largest moon bounce. Scott survived the three-plus-mile run while dressed as a police officer.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE
Share your thoughts on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I love Atlanta Motor Speedway. I wish we had more tracks like Atlanta where it's really worn out. Throughout the course of a run you'll have guys who take off really fast, but eventually fall off and vice-versa. It's really a fun race track because you slide around, your grip level is always questionable and your tire degradation is huge. It's really fun when you're slipping and sliding and trying to pass cars battling up front. I'm looking forward to taking the Camaro there for the first time and seeing how they handle and how we do."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 102 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Dillon recently drove this Chevrolet Camaro to a third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July en route to clinching the Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus. He also earned a sixth-place finish after earning the pole award at Kentucky Speedway in June 2013. This is the same Chevrolet Dillon drove to Victory Lane in both Nationwide Series races at Kentucky Speedway last year, after starting on the pole each time. He raced this Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, a sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July, a sixth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June, a fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May, a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, all in 2012.
Dillon at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... In one previous Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2012, Dillon earned a sixth-place finish. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at the 1.54-mile track in Truck Series competition, finishing sixth in September 2011 and 10th in March 2010.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (5.6), has led the second-most laps (483), maintains the second-best Driver Rating (100.8), ranks second in Laps in the Top-15 (89.7 percent), third in Average Running Position (9.312), is the third-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.696) and ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (264).
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings, just six points shy of Sam Hornish Jr.'s lead.
Spark your Engines ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of Cherry AdvoCare Spark® this weekend on the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro. An energy drink mix and the most popular product from AdvoCare, Cherry is one of several flavors of Spark available. AdvoCare is an award-winning premier health and wellness company offering 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 also an AdvoCare Independent Distributor. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, AdvoBars 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 Atlanta 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 $22,000 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.
Double Duty ... In addition to competing in Saturday's Nationwide Series race, Dillon is scheduled to drive the No. 33 AdvoCare Chevrolet in Sunday's AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The 500-mile race is scheduled to air live on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will mark Dillon's ninth Sprint Cup Series start this season.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES
Do you think Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the 'raciest' mile-and-a-half tracks the NASCAR Nationwide Series races? "I think Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the raciest mile-and-a-half tracks on the circuit, for sure. I love Homestead-Miami Speedway, too. Both tracks remind me of each other, but Atlanta Motor Speedway is definitely slicker. It's one of those places that can be very frustrating and very fun at the same time. I really enjoy it at night, and I'm ready to get there."
No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 120 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the 300-mile event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. So far this season, Harvick has driven this RCR-prepared Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
Event Stats ... Since 2000, Harvick has made 11 Nationwide Series starts at the 1.54-mile facility collecting one win (2009), six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The two-time Nationwide Series champion holds an 8.2 average starting position coupled with an 8.5 average finishing position, has completed 95.8 percent (2,094 of 2,185) of the laps contested and is credited with 376 laps led.
Bad Boy Buggies ... Bad Boy Buggies is a leader in off-road utility vehicles for hunting and outdoor lifestyles. Bad Boy Buggies pioneered the category of electrically powered 4x4 vehicles, ideal for hunting and outdoor recreation due to their silent, odorless operation and environmentally friendly, emissions-free drivetrains. In 2010, the Bad Boy Buggies brand and product line were acquired by E-Z-GO, a business unit of Textron Inc.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Camaro Saturday night under the lights of Atlanta Motor Speedway, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday evening. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Race Rewind ... After starting from the third position, Harvick and the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies team earned third-place finish in the 2012 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after leading 157 laps and dominating the 300-mile event.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE
What are your thoughts on driving the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway? "Atlanta (Motor Speedway) is a very fast track. You can race all over it, from the white line on the bottom all the way up to the wall and still be competitive. Atlanta has always been a good track to me. I've had success in all three of NASCAR's top series there and hope that luck continues this weekend, so we can get the Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet to Victory Lane."