Richard Childress Racing
Kobalt 400 Sprint Cup Series Preview
March 5, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event - Kobalt 400
Date - Sunday, March 9, 2014
Venue - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... In 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes with five different drivers - Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and Mike Skinner.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,387 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 44 pole awards,105 wins, 449 top-five finishes and 948 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: https://www.wakehealth.edu/OnlineGift.htm?fid=45. 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 www.InjuredKids.org.
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 www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages - www.facebook.com/austindillon3 , www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.
Catch the Action ... The Kobalt 400 will be televised live Sunday, March 9 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Cheerios Chevrolet SS
This Week's Cheerios Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 451 in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
Dillon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Dillon has made one previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, posting a 21st-place finish in March 2013. In two Nationwide Series appearances at the Las Vegas track, he has posted a pair of top-10 finishes (sixth after starting fourth in March 2013 and seventh after starting third in March 2012). He has two starts at the 1.5-mile oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with one pole award and one race win to his credit (September 2010). In his 2011 Camping World Truck Series appearance at the track, Dillon started second and battled back from a lap-three accident to finish 17th.
#CheerThe3 ... Limited edition Cheerios boxes that commemorate the return of the No. 3 to NASCAR's premier series with NASCAR champion Austin Dillon are 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 bowl 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 (www.Facebook.com/Cheerthe3) and Twitter @Cheerthe3.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in an autograph session at the South Point Hotel and Casino on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. He will also participate in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy Display in the fan midway area at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, March 7 at 1:40 p.m. PT and is also scheduled to participate in a Q&A session on behalf of Coca-Cola at the Cooper Tire Stage on Friday at 2 p.m. PT.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?
"I enjoy Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's cool being able to have Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway back-to-back because you can stay out West with your guys on the team and have a good time, then get focused by Thursday and have a good time at the track. Las Vegas has great atmosphere. There are a lot of great fans. It's one of my favorite venues we go. I was fortunate enough to race there in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last year and we had a decent car, so this year I'm excited to try it again."
Do you like to gamble?
"I do like to play a little bit of black jack. I plan to hang out at the South Point and you should all come join me."
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable for the 2014 season.
Las Vegas by the Numbers ... Menard is making his 258th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Sunday, and he has seven previous starts at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His best start of 17th took place last year and his best finish of seventh was two years ago in 2012. His average start is 26.0 and average finish comes in at 19.3 for those starts. The native of Eau Claire, Wisc. has completed 1,866 of 1,887 laps attempted (98.9 percent) at the Las Vegas track and led three circuits. His last three finishes have been 12th or better giving him a Driver Rating of 92.3 for those races.
About Quaker State ... Quaker State® motor oil has a 70-year history as a leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. Quaker State is among the industry's most innovative motor oil brands and offers a full line of products to meet every type of vehicle engine need. Quaker State is one of the first brands to develop high mileage engine motor oil. For more information about the full line of Quaker State products, visit www.quakerstate.com.
Race Rewind ... In this race last year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet SS from 17th place and finished the race in 10th place for his second-consecutive top-10 finish at the track.
One Week Ago ... Last week at Phoenix International Raceway, Menard started 22nd and finished 23rd. As a result, he currently sits 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings heading into the third race of the 2014 season.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Las Vegas has been a good track for us the past couple years. We haven't won, but I feel like we can every time I roll through the tunnel in Turn 2 to enter the track. The pavement is wearing and the track is gaining more and more character with the high frequency bumps and grip level going away. Track position is important as always, but it is a track where multiple groves come in and you can pass more easily than other tracks."
Seen on the scene?:
"I'm not a gambler, so the casinos don't matter to me that much. But, there are some great restaurants we take advantage of while we're in town."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 456 in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new and will take to the track for the first time on Thursday when NASCAR holds a test session at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Newman in Sin City ... In 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Newman owns one pole award (2005) along with three top-five and six top-10 finishes. His best results of fourth place came in 2012 and 2002. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12th and average finish of 18th. He's led a total of 98 laps in competition.
Get to the Points ... Newman ranks 15th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Meet Newman ... Newman is scheduled to participate in an autograph session at the South Point Hotel and Casino on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Featured Caterpillar Dealers ... Kramer Ltd., Pon Cat, Finning and Wyoming Machinery Company will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS this weekend in the Kobalt 400.
- Kramer Ltd. is the Caterpillar dealer for the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Since the company's founding in 1944, Kramer Ltd. has grown to offer complete parts, sales and service facilities in Regina, Saskatoon, Tisdale, Estevan, Swift Current, Kindersley and Battleford, serving the industries of road building, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, electric power generation, material handling, and forestry. With over 300,000 square feet of space at their locations throughout the province, Kramer has the room to serve customers and their expertly trained technicians ensure the job is done right. For more information, visit www.kramer.ca.
- Pon Cat is the Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Cat dealer. Pon Equipment and Pon Power focuses on the marketing, sales, rental and distribution of Cat earthmoving equipment, Cat marine engines, generators, emergency power generators, and diesel engines for various industrial applications. For more information, visit www.pon-cat.com.
- Finning (Canada) is a division of Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Finning (Canada) sells, rents and provides customer support services for Caterpillar equipment and engines in British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories and a portion of Nunavut. They serve a diverse range of industrial markets, including mining, forestry, construction, pipeline/oil field construction, agriculture, government sector, marine, transportation, fisheries, and the commercial transport industry. For more information, visit www.finning.ca.
- Wyoming Machinery Company supports three of Wyoming's major industries - mining, construction, and oil & gas - in addition to many others. Each of our five branches focuses on one or more of these major industries. The Casper branch serves the markets for mining, petroleum, on-highway trucks, construction, and governmental business. At the Cheyenne branch, the focus is on-highway trucks and general construction. The Rock Springs branch is similar to our Cheyenne branch with the addition of serving the oil & gas customers in southwest Wyoming. We now have two branches in Gillette serving the mining industry, as well as the oil & gas and heavy construction industries." For more information, visit www.wyomingcat.com.
Build a Bracket. Win a Billion ... Quicken Loans is hosting the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. The Detroit-based mortgage lender is offering a chance to win a billion dollars to any eligible participant who enters the contest and predicts the winners of every game in this March's men's college basketball championship. Plus, Quicken Loans will be awarding a total of $2 million for the 20 best "imperfect" brackets. The entry period for the contest is now through March 20th. For more information, and to register, visit: www.quickenloansbracket.com.
About Caterpillar ... For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc., has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Power Systems - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.More information is available at: www.caterpillar.com.
Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman started 14th before a mechanical issue ended his day early resulting in a 38th-place finish.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are you expecting at the 1.5-mile tracks now that we go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"We've done a little bit of testing between Charlotte Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway and tracks like that. so I think Las Vegas Motor Speedway is going to be extremely important; especially not knowing what the weather is going to be like. We seem to be pulling rain wherever we go. But, just getting a good vibe for what is our backbone core of racing on the 1.5-mile race tracks is going to be important for everybody at Vegas."
How important is an extra four hours of testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"I think it's important. I think it's important to know how your car is and how comfortable you are as a driver. It kind of gives you a different perspective on how you need to unload the race car on Friday. Do you need to spend more time in race trim or in qualifying trim? The extra little bit of laps is good for giving you a heads-up."