Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Series Preview for Phoenix
November 5, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: AdvoCare 500
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Location: Phoenix International Raceway
RCR at "The Desert Jewel" ... Team owner Richard Childress has four victories at Phoenix International Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes RCR's most recent points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win with driver Kevin Harvick last November; and Harvick's sweep of both races at PIR in 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 86 races at PIR, the Welcome, N.C.-based organization boasts 16 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,375 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 43 pole awards, 104 wins, 448 top-five finishes and 944 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 Texas Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, Harvick collected his 19th top-10 finish of the 2013 season (eighth place) while Paul Menard, Austin Dillon and Jeff Burton crossed the finish line 15th, 22nd and 24th, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 34 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Harvick at Kansas Speedway in October and collected three wins with Harvick 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 34 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Dillon, Harvick, Menard and Brian Scott. 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 and @RCR29KHarvick, and driver Twitter pages - @KevinHarvick and @JeffBurton. 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.
Catch the Action ... ESPN's live coverage from Phoenix International Raceway begins Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 434 at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS previously ran at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.
PIR Stats ... Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the one-mile oval. His best start of seventh came in both 2009 and 2012, and his best finish of ninth came in both 2011 and 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,111 of 4,134 laps attempted (99.4 percent) at the Avondale, Ariz., track.
Red and Black ... The No. 27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet SS will sport a different look this weekend carrying a special paint scheme combination of Rheem red and black, in addition to Menards yellow.
Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR's No. 29 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Race Rewind ... In last year's AdvoCare 500, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the seventh position and brought home a top-10 finish, crossing the stripe in ninth.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I like going to Phoenix International Raceway, especially since the track surface is beginning to age. It aged from last fall to the spring race, and I'm sure the hot 100 degree plus temperatures this summer have aged it even more. The older the track gets, the racier the cars get. I like short-track racing and Phoenix is a fun little one-mile track that has the potential to produce some exciting racing. We ran really well there last fall, so hopefully we'll be able to build upon that and get another top-10 finish in our Rheem/Menards Chevrolet this weekend."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Phoenix International Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 430 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AdvoCare 500. Harvick drove this RCR-prepared machine to a third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September and most recently tested this Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway in October.
PIR Stats ... Since 2001, Harvick has made 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway. Throughout the years, the California native has made three trips to Victory Lane (both events in 2006 and November 2012), he has also collected six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick holds an average starting position of 18.5 coupled with an average finishing position of 12.9, has completed 99.7 percent (6,611 of 6,633) of the laps contested and has 420 laps led to his credit.
Budweiser ROLL-BAR ... Harvick will visit with fans at PIR's Budweiser ROLL-BAR hospitality area on Sunday prior to the start of the AdvoCare 500. Located behind the Bobby Allison Grandstands, the Budweiser ROLL-BAR is an innovative hospitality environment that includes a gaming area, live entertainment, and catered meal and drink vouchers. Passes for admission are available for purchase as an add-on to a grandstand ticket. Single-day tickets are available for $99 on Saturday and $149 on Sunday, and can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling the PIR ticket office at 866-408-RACE (7223).
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS in Sunday's race, Harvick will also pilot the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, Nov. 9. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
Teeing Off for a Cause ... On Wednesday, Harvick will head back to his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., to tee off in the fourth annual Happy's Classic Golf Tournament presented by Advanced Distribution and Blackhole Technologies. Funds raised at the tournament will benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which is dedicated to the support of programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. In addition to the golf tournament, Harvick will make a special presentation to the North High golf team with a surprise donation on behalf of the foundation.
Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team captured their only victory of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season last November in the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. After starting from the 19th position, he battled a tight-handling condition during the early laps of the event.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES
You've had a lot of success at Phoenix International Raceway. In your opinion, what's the challenge related to the 'new version' of this track since the repave? "You really have to have an understanding of the track. Every time we go back, I feel like we learn something different. We really did well at Phoenix (International Raceway) last year and also ran well there earlier this season, but we didn't play the strategy game correctly at the end and lost the track position we needed. I feel like you have to play the strategy game;.the track is still racy enough where you can make up time if your car is good, but you need to stay focused on strategy. Phoenix has done a great job redesigning the track. It's a great place for us as a team, but you have to play the game right with the strategy."
Is Phoenix International Raceway a track where it's less important compared to other recent repaves to work rubber into the race track? "I think Phoenix International Raceway took a lot of time in the beginning to work rubber into the track with a few different techniques they used, but the weather really helps wear the track. It's incredibly hot in the summer and can get really cold in the winter, so there are some pretty extreme temperatures that help age the asphalt. But I think the design of the track itself, on hard or soft tires, has made watching a race there really exciting. The pavement on the flat backstretch creates some excitement itself. It's been an interesting track to race on and most of that comes from having the design right."
No. 31 @CATMining Chevrolet SS
This Week's No. 31 @CATMining Chevrolet SS ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 429 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS was raced by Burton at Dover International Speedway in September.
Burton in the Desert ... Burton has 28 starts at Phoenix International Raceway with two wins (2000 and 2001), seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He has also led 222 laps at the one-mile facility.
No Stranger to Victory Lane ... Burton has scored two victories at the one-mile desert oval, bringing home back-to-back trophies from Phoenix International Raceway in 2000 and 2001, leading more than 100 laps in both events.
Major Milestone ...Burton will make his 1,000th-career NASCAR start when the Sprint Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. During a NASCAR career spanning more than 25 years, Burton has amassed 48 wins including victories in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The South Boston, Va., native has earned more than 250 top-five and 400 top-10 finishes, was named the 1994 Sprint Cup Series "Rookie of the Year" and co-piloted the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series owner's championship. Overall, the 46-year-old driver has made 689 Sprint Cup Series starts along with 306 starts in the Nationwide Series and four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and the Stavola Brothers to name a few. Burton is the last driver to lead 100 percent of the laps in a NASCAR-sanctioned event, pacing the field for all 300 laps en route to victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000, and was the 2007 NASCAR Illustrated "Person of the Year."
@CATMining ... The No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet will help launch the new Caterpillar Global Mining Twitter account this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. @CatMining will provide updates and information about the organization and their ongoing commitment to the mining industry. Wherever you go in the mining world, you'll find Caterpillar. From underground coal mines in the United States to gold mines in Africa and iron ore mines in Australia, Caterpillar products are hard at work and CAT people are right there too with building and supporting products, training operators, helping customers mine more profitably and wo rking with schools, organizations and communities. As industry leaders, Caterpillar is engaged in the mining industry at every level.
Featured Cat Dealers ... Empire Southwest will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Chevrolet this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
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Team Chevy ... Burton will join Team Chevy at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler Ariz., on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time to participate in various activities such as: the Team Slalom, Timed Autocross Competition and Hot Laps with Chevrolet guests and members of the media.
Race Rewind 2012 ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team finished 13th at Phoenix International Raceway after driving from the rear of the field in the 2012 AdvoCare 500 because of multiple accidents in Sprint Cup Series practice sessions earlier in the weekend.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE
Burton's thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway. "Phoenix International Raceway is a really fun race track, I enjoy going there. We had a top-10 finish in March and I fully expect to go there and contend for the win again. It's definitely another track that is in a transition phase. As the fresh asphalt from the recent repave goes through some of those hot, Phoenix summers, the grip level is starting to fade. That's a good thing though because the tire that Goodyear was taking there made it so difficult to get going on restarts. Now you can take right off and go fast. I think it will be a better race because the restarts will be more aggressive."