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RCR Sprint Cup Preview for Texas Motor Speedway

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Race: NRA 500
Date: April 13, 2013
Location: Texas Motor Speedway

RCR at Texas ... In 71 starts at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) dating back to 1997, RCR has recorded one win (Jeff Burton, April 2007), eight top-five and 27 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green and Paul Menard. Prior to TMS's inaugural season in 1997, Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the now defunct Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams boast a 20.2 average starting position, a 16.3 average finishing position and have completed 22,927 of the 23,747 contested laps (96.5 percent) with 139 laps led at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth-based race track.

RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,291 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 101 wins, 42 pole awards, 435 top-five finishes and 915 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 title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
RCR Martinsville Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, Harvick crossed the finish line in 13th while Burton finished 18th and Menard 19th.

The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first six races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have notched five top-10 finishes and completed 5,729 of 5,949 total laps (96 percent) with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank eighth (Menard), 14th (Harvick) and 24th (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 and at along with official driver pages -, and

Catch the Action ... Live coverage of the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised on FOX Saturday, April 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Paul Menard
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 418 at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.

Menard in The Lone Star State ... Menard has 13 starts at Texas Motor Speedway. His best start of fourth and best finish of fifth came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,168 of 4,353 laps attempted (95.8 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading two of them.

The No. 27 to have Different Look in Texas ... The No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS will sport a different look this weekend carrying a special paint scheme combination of Quaker State green and Menards yellow.

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Team Chevy Stage ... Fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Menard on Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Central Time at the Team Chevy Stage, located in the midway at Texas Motor Speedway.

Race Rewind ... In this race last year at Texas Motor Speedway, Menard started 11th in the No. 27 Chevrolet and after struggling with handling issues throughout the night, finished 18th under the lights.


Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Texas Motor Speedway:"I think Texas (Motor Speedway) is going to be a lot like Auto Club Speedway. The tires fall off quickly and the groove moves around a lot. The setups that work with fresh tires probably aren't going to work with old worn out tires, so well have to calculate that into our adjustments. The track also has a lot of bumps that you have to drive around, kind of like the seams at Auto Club Speedway. The track has a lot of character to it, which makes it a fun 1.5-mile speedway to drive. After Martinsville, I'm looking forward to going out west and hopefully we can get back on track and start finishing in the top 10 again."

Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's Rheem Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 404 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the NRA 500. Harvick drove this Chevrolet twice during the 2012 season, earning a 16th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and a ninth-place result at Texas Motor Speedway in November.

Lone Star State Stats ... Harvick will make his 21st start at Texas Motor Speedway and 437th-career Sprint Cup Series start during the 334-lap event this Saturday. Since 2001, the California native has collected three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick, who holds a 20.8 average starting position coupled with a 12.5 average finishing position, has completed 99.8 percent (6,677 of 6,691) of the laps contested and is credited with five laps led.

Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company ( 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Ultimate Training ... On Wednesday, April 10, Harvick will join UFC fighter Johny "Bigg Riggs" Hendricks in an ultimate training session in Dallas, Texas. The RCR driver is a former high school wrestler who recently began training in Taekwondo. He will learn everything from takedowns and clinch work to standing submissions when he practices with the number one welterweight contender in the world. A special feature highlighting Harvick's training session will air during the pre-race race show Saturday night on FOX at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

A Lap for a Cause ... Fans attending the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend have the opportunity to take the ride of a lifetime with Harvick prior to the start of Saturday night's event. By attending the Speedway Children's Charities - Texas Chapter - Live Auction on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. ET in the 9th Floor Ballroom of the Speedway Club, one lucky Harvick fan can bid on the chance to join the RCR driver during the pre-race parade lap. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation.

Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS in the NRA 500, Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro in NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Friday night. This race is scheduled to air live ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

2012 Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 team earned a ninth-place finish after starting 15th and using fuel strategy to their advantage in the 2012 event.


Share your thoughts on Texas Motor Speedway and what makes it unique to you as a driver?
"The track is just worn out. It's becoming a lot more like Atlanta Motor Speedway than it has in the past because the grip level has gone down, which is a great thing for racing. It's got some pretty good bumps in it, which gives it some character. The cars fall off a tremendous amount as you go through the run while you still carry a lot of speed, so it's definitely a handling race track. You've got to move all around to try and find a line that works for your car, and you definitely have to drive it hard every lap just to keep up."

Jeff Burton
No. 31 Caterpillar Hybrid Excavator Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This week's No. 31 Caterpillar Hybrid Excavator Chevrolet SS at Texas Motor Speedway... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet finished 17th at Auto Club Speedway in March after Burton started from the 22nd position.

No Stranger to Victory Lane ... Burton was Texas Motor Speedway's first two-time Sprint Cup Series race winner after visiting Victory Lane in the inaugural NSCS event in 1997 and again in 2007. Burton has also tallied three top-five and nine top-10 finishes while leading 180 laps at the 1.5-mile facility.

About the Caterpillar Hybrid Excavator ... The Cat 336E H is the company's first machine to use hydraulic hybrid technology developed internally by Caterpillar. Caterpillar defines a hybrid machine as one that is equipped with a device to collect, store and release energy during machine operation. The 336E H captures energy when the machine slows down or stops and then releases it as the machine accelerates. Field tests have demonstrated this machine will significantly lower customers' owning and operating costs by using up to 25 percent less fuel than the standard 336E without sacrificing performance. Hybrid technology is just one of the core focuses of the company's technology strategy.  Since fuel is one of the largest operating costs for our customers in general, quarry and heavy construction applications, this is a technology that directly improves their bottom lines.  Burning less fuel leads to fewer emissions and a smaller carbon footprint than the standard 336E.

Featured Cat Dealers ... HOLT CAT, Warren CAT, Mustang CAT and Louisiana CAT will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Chevrolet this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

HOLT CAT sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines and generator sets in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande. HOLT CAT also offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King® water tankers. The Holt name has been associated with heavy equipment and Caterpillar for over 100 years. Peter M. Holt, chief executive officer, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the "Caterpillar." HOLT CAT has come to be synonymous with quality, integrity and commitment to customer service. The HOLT CAT team of 1,700 men and women are committed to providing rock solid stability with superior products and services to heavy equipment and engine users from the Red River to the Rio Grande®. For more information, visit

Warren CAT proudly serves customers throughout sixteen locations in West Texas and the State of Oklahoma. Dedicated to providing customers complete solutions for their equipment needs, from heavy machinery to industrial engines, Warren CAT is segmented by five divisions to better serve the needs of our customers: Heavy Construction/Governmental, Rental/General Construction, Engines/Generators/Vocational Trucks, Ag, and Parts & Service. Warren's capabilities extend beyond their ability to offer the leading name in heavy equipment by dedicating their focus to providing customers with the finest service in the industry. As part of the Caterpillar dealer network, Warren's product support capabilities are vast, offering customers universal support at a local level.

Mustang CAT is the southeast Texas authorized sales, parts and service dealer for Caterpillar construction equipment and engines. The family of Mustang companies is comprised of: Construction Machinery - Caterpillar construction equipment and a selected group of allied lines, Power Systems - Caterpillar engines as well as the design, engineering and fabrication of state-of-the-art engine packages in a vast range of power ratings, Rental Services - The Cat Rental Store, offering Caterpillar and allied lines of large and small equipment for the building construction industry. For more information, visit or call 1.888.NEXT.CAT.

For nearly 80 years, Louisiana CAT has served the area with sales and service of Cat equipment. With 21 locations across the Pelican State, Louisiana CAT provides an extensive line of equipment, engines and power systems, work tools, vocational trucks and more. In addition, they carry a large stock of used Caterpillar equipment, and with Caterpillar's extensive dealer network, Louisiana Cat has access to used equipment on a global scale. Louisiana Cat's parts and service departments provide the reliability and availability you have come to expect from your Caterpillar dealership. Louisiana Rents is your single resource for high quality, low-hour Cat and top brands construction equipment and attachment rentals. Louisiana Rents locations also sell new equipment from Caterpillar's brand allied vendors. Daily, weekly, monthly or longer rentals are available, and to ensure that the equipment is ready to work when you are, all machines are serviced and maintained by factory trained technicians. Big or small, Louisiana rents it all."

Inside the Cockpit ... The No. 31 Caterpillar Hybrid Excavator Chevrolet will carry an in-car camera during the NASCAR on FOX race broadcast of the NRA 500.

Race Rewind 2012 ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team finished 29th in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway last April after suffering lug nut issues during a mid-race green-flag pit stop.


What are your thoughts heading into Texas Motor Speedway this weekend?
"Texas Motor Speedway is a really fun and fast race track. It's one of those places that requires throttle a lot of the time. It's also a rough race track with fairly low grip levels. Texas should be a huge challenge for us with the new Gen-6 car. We've learned that the new car doesn't like hitting the splitter on the bumps and Texas is a track that has many of those bumps. That will be an issue for sure. Having an extra test day will be beneficial for all teams, especially for the No. 31 team because we have been behind on the 1.5-mile program."

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