Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Preview for New Hampshire
July 9, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: Camping World RV Sales 301
Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Richard Childress has four victories as a team owner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Robby Gordon (2001), Kevin Harvick (2006) and Clint Bowyer (2007 and 2010). In 91 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, Childress also has two pole awards, 14 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton, Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Gordon, Harvick, Steve Park and Mike Skinner.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,327 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 103 wins, 42 pole awards, 441 top-five finishes and 927 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 Daytona Rewind ... Last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Harvick scored his fifth top-five finish of the season (third-place) while Burton and Paul Menard finished 16th and 43rd, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 18 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway (April) and in the Coca-Cola 600 (May), notched six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank fourth (Harvick), 20th (Menard) and 21st (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, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter page @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-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/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick and www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton.
Catch the Action ... TNT's live coverage from New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins Sunday, July 14 at Noon Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 27 Libman/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's Libman/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Menard at "The Magic Mile"... Menard has 12 starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His best start of seventh and best finish of 12th both came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 3,520 of 3,560 laps attempted (98.9 percent) at the Loudon, N.H., track.
About Libman ... For over 110 years, the Libman family has made quality their utmost priority. William Libman started The Libman Company in 1896 with one mission; to make the finest, most durable wire-wound corn brooms. William's sons, grandsons and great grandchildren have since expanded that mission to include the finest mops, brooms, brushes and cleaning tools. For more information on Libman, please visit www.libman.com.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 Libman/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Race Rewind ... Starting 13th, Menard fought handling issues throughout last year's 301-lap event, finishing 17th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "I really enjoy going to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track hasn't been very good to me in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but I still like racing there, it's a fun track to drive. I really like the one-mile tracks, they can make for some exciting short-track-style racing. We're doing double duty this weekend, participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Our goal is to learn things in that event, which we can apply to Sunday's race. We've had some tough luck these past couple of weeks, so hopefully things will turn around this weekend for the No. 27 Libman/Menards team at Loudon."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Camping World RV Sales 301 on Sunday afternoon. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway in April.
Just the Stats ... Since 2001, Harvick has made 24 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, collecting one win (September 2006), one pole award (September 2006), five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. The California native holds a 14.1 average starting position, coupled with a 13.7 average finishing position, has completed 99.2 percent (7,021 of 7,075) of the laps contested and is credited with 319 laps led.
Meet the Press ... Harvick will be available to members of the media at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 12 in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway infield media center.
Sign Here Please ... Fans can meet Harvick and select Sprint Cup Series drivers during a NASCAR autograph session on Friday, July 12 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. ET in the track display lot across from the SPEED stage outside of turns one and two of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Two hundred wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4 p.m.
Race Rewind ... After starting from the 12th position, Harvick and the No. 29 team finished eighth while battling handling issues throughout the 2012 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES
Share your thoughts on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the Gen-6 car. "I enjoy racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, we haven't run as well as we would have liked the last few years. Obviously, everything is new with this particular car and hopefully we can start off on the right foot this weekend. We have a race at New Hampshire during the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup), so I'm hoping we can get a solid result and collect some good notes to build off of and have a good run during the second race there this season. It's really another one of those places we will have to go to first, before we will really know how this new car is going to perform."
Is there any other track on the circuit that you can compare to New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "Not really, I guess you could kind of compare it to Phoenix (International Raceway) now with the new asphalt in turns three and four, but that's about it. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has some wider seams that have started to separate and the track is starting to age a bit. You have some forward grip issues that you usually fight. But we have been fighting a lot more forward grip issues with this new car than we have in the past because they take off so fast early in a run. It will be interesting to see what the left-rear tire wear will look like during runs."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
This Weekend's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March.
Career New Hampshire Stats ... This race marks Burton's 37th start in "The Granite State" and 674th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed four wins, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at the 1.058-mile facility and led 940 laps.
Mr. New Hampshire ... Burton is no stranger to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing home race-winning trophies in four-consecutive seasons (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000). During his memorable victory in the 2000 event, the South Boston, Va. native paced the field for all 300 circuits, marking the last time a Sprint Cup Series driver led 100 percent of the laps completed.
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2012 Race Rewind ... An early pit road incident, untimely caution-flag periods and long green-flag runs relegated Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team to a 21st-place finish in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series July event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
JEFF BURTON QUOTES
How hard is it to pass at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "I am one of the few drivers that think it is harder to pass at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) than before. It used to be when you had position, the spot was yours. Now you gain that track position and the fight for the spot has just begun. I think it is much harder to pass now than it was with the old track. I do enjoy going to New Hampshire, though. I feel really comfortable there."
What kind of track do you consider New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "It's a NASCAR short track, but not a late model-style short track. The corners are long and flat, so handling is everything. You have corner-entry, middle of the corner and exit issues you have to worry about. When you are off a little bit at this track, it's really magnified because the corners are so long."