Richard Childress Racing
RCR Nationwide Series Preview: Auto Club Speedway
March 19, 2013
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Royal Purple 300
Date: March 23, 2013
Location: Auto Club Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Auto Club Speedway ... RCR's lone Nationwide Series win at Auto Club Speedway occurred in September 2007 with Jeff Burton behind the wheel. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has four pole awards (Burton in February 2008, Clint Bowyer in September 2006 and 2005 and Kevin Harvick in April 2003), 14 top-five finishes and 24 top-10 finishes in 38 starts.
RCR in the NNS ... In 879 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 299 top-five finishes, 496 top-10 finishes and 42 pole awards with an average starting position of 12.1 and an average finishing position of 12.4 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver points championships in 2001 and 2006 with Harvick and in 2008 with 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 four races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with two top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The organization has led 52 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Brian Scott is ranked third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by 25 points, while Dillon ranks sixth, just 34 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 2 Chevrolet team ranks fourth, while the No. 3 team ranks seventh and the No. 33 team ranks eighth.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news and 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 @DakodaArmstrong and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/Dakoda22.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Royal Purple 300 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 23 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Whitetail Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 110 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday's Royal Purple 300. The No. 2 team utilized this chassis last season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, starting and finishing the event seventh.
Longest Top-10 Streak in NASCAR ... Heading into this weekend's Royal Purple 300, Scott has the longest top-10 finishing streak (six) of any driver in NASCAR's top three touring series. The RCR driver has not finished outside the top-10 since Phoenix International Raceway last fall.
SoCal History ... The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has five previous Nationwide Series starts at Auto Club Speedway. His best start of third came in August 2010, and best finish of fourth came one year ago in this event. He has one top five and two top-10 finishes, along with 100 percent laps completed.
Point Out the Points ... Coming off his fourth consecutive top-10 finish of 2013, Scott sits third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings. This marks his strongest start of a Nationwide Series season since his debut in 2009.
Whitetail Club: It's Time to Play and Live ... TheWhitetail Club will adorn the hood of Scott's Chevrolet Camaro this Saturday afternoon. Set on 1,300-acres of old-growth Ponderosa pine forests, grassy meadows, streams and trout ponds. Whitetail prides itself on a place for families to relax among friends and discover new forms of adventure. Whitetail comes with such amenities that include membership to Andy North golf course, athletic complex with indoor tennis courts, private fish and swim club, Nordic ski trails and ten miles of paved walking paths.
Can You Sign This? ... Scott will participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session Friday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway following practice. Fans can meet the No. 2 Whitetail Club driver from 4:30 - 5:15pm.
Last Time Around ... One year ago, the 25-year-old Nationwide Series regular started the 150-lap event from the seventh spot and brought home a fourth-place-finish at the two-mile-speedway, earning his first top-five finish of 2012.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
How is it racing at Auto Club Speedway?
"Fontana has been a good racetrack for me. It's big and slick; it's one of those tracks where you really need to slip between the seams, because they'll really affect your tires. It's really similar to Chicagoland Speedway, both tracks I've had really strong success by finishing inside the top five. There are multiple grooves to run through the corner with the ability to pass. As a driver, you have to be really disciplined because it's such a challenging track as you slip around from lap-to-lap.
How do you determine which line to run through in the corner at Auto Club Speedway?
"It's a mixed bag in choosing your lane. One, where you have comfort. Two, where your car runs well. Three, run where your competitors don't. I've always been the type to make speed on the high side. I've always been able to make my car better in the high line and have the ability to pass people. You have to work around and try it. Once it's hot and slick, not too many people run the bottom because you have to cross too many seams. As tires get older it really hurts the handling in the corner."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 109 in the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. In 2012, Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September. He also scored a pair of fifth-place finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and Michigan International Speedway in June, earning his first career Nationwide Series pole award and setting a new track record at MIS. He earned an 11th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May in this Chevrolet.
Dillon at Auto Club Speedway ... Dillon has one previous start at Auto Club Speedway in the Nationwide Series, finishing fifth after starting fourth in 2012 as a rookie.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks sixth in the 2013 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing current point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by 34 points.
Spark your Engines ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. AdvoCare offers 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 a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars 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 Auto Club 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. 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.
Hometown Proud ... Although they currently live in North Carolina, four members of the No. 3 AdvoCare team consider California their home state, including crew chief Danny Stockman. The 30-year-old crew chief was born in Fontana and lived there until the fifth grade when he and his family moved 35 miles north to Yucaipa, Calif. Car chief Robert Strmiska is from Manteca, Calif., mechanic Harley Rouch is from Clovis, Calif., and mechanic Charles Price is from Redlands, Calif.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon will join other Nationwide Series drivers in an autograph session in the Nationwide Series garage area at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, March 23 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What do you think about Auto Club Speedway?
"I like Auto Club Speedway. The bigger tracks suit me well. It's very similar to the way Michigan International Speedway was before they repaved it and I run really well at Michigan. I can't wait to get to California. The track is a little rough. On big tracks like California you can really move around and find speed. My dirt background plays to the advantage there. I've just always been good at those types of tracks."
No. 33 WinField Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's WinField Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Dakoda Armstrong will pilot Chassis No. 107 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the 300-mile event at Auto Club Speedway. Most recently, this Chevrolet was piloted by Brendan Gaughan to a third-place finish in the 2012 Nationwide Series season-finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Welcome to the Team ... Armstrong joins RCR for his first of five Nationwide Series appearances of the 2013 season. In addition to competing in Saturday's event, the 21-year-old driver will also pilot an RCR entry at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25), Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 21) and a fifth race to be named later.
Nationwide Series Rookie ... Saturday's Royal Purple 300 will mark Armstrong's second-career Nationwide Series appearance, and first start at the 1.5-mile facility. The rookie driver's only Nationwide Series appearance came in 2012 during the season-finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he started 19th and finished 25th.
WinField on the Hood ... WinField, a Land O'Lakes company, offers top-performing seed and crop protection products and will adorn the hood of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. With unmatched agricultural expertise and performance as core company values, WinField brands match leading seed and crop protection products to help growers, dealers and other industry partners achieve high levels of success. WinField brands include CROPLAN® seed, crop protection products, plant nutrients and other proprietary products. Backed with unrivaled technical services and knowledge, WinField™ products deliver outstanding solutions and value for the agricultural industry.
Meet the New Guy ... Armstrong will be signing autographs for fans during a NASCAR autograph session in the Nationwide Series garage on Friday, March 22 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Fans without infield access or a Pre-race Pit Pass should enter through the tunnel at Gate 17 after 4 p.m.
2012 Race Rewind ... During this race last season, Brendan Gaughan piloted the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway, and collected a 43rd-place finish after the engine expired during the early stages.
DAKODA ARMSTRONG QUOTE:
What are your thoughts going into your first Nationwide Series race with Richard Childress Racing at Auto Club Speedway?
"I'm definitely excited, with a healthy amount of nerves mixed in. I just recently met everyone on the team, and I have never been to Auto Club Speedway, so a lot of things will be new for me. Despite all of that, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for a great race team like Richard Childress Racing and to have a great sponsor in WinField. I'm really looking forward to the race weekend, and feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series."