Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Preview for Kentucky Speedway
June 25, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Feed the Children 300
Date: Friday June 28, 2013
Location: Kentucky Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Kentucky Speedway ... Richard Childress Racing has 24 previous starts at Kentucky Speedway, acquiring wins with Kevin Harvick in 2001 and Austin Dillon in July and September 2012, among 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. RCR has two poles at Kentucky Speedway, both with Dillon in 2012. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization maintains an average starting position of 12.4 coupled with an average finishing position of 9.9 in all Nationwide Series races contested at Kentucky Speedway, with 537 laps led and a 98.1 percent lap completion record.
RCR in the NNS ... In 911 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 306 top-fives, 509 top-10 finishes and 46 pole awards with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Harvick and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer..
The Season So Far ... In the 14 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with nine top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned four-consecutive pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series. The organization has led 470 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Austin Dillon is ranked fourth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 45 markers, while Brian Scott is sixth, 68 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks sixth, while the No. 2 team ranks 10th and the No. 33 team ranks 11th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, 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 and @AustinDillon3, and @Matt_Crafton and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing and facebook.com/austindillon3.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Feed the Children 300 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 28 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... This Friday evening, Brian Scott hits the Bluegrass state for the first of two events on the 2013 schedule at the D-shaped oval. Scott will pilot chassis No. 126 from Richard Childress Racing's Nationwide Series stable in the Feed the Children 300. This chassis was last run at Darlington Raceway where Scott finished 14th and earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway where he earned an 11th-place finish.
Scott's History in the Bluegrass State ... The 25-year-old Shore Lodge driver has four Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, notching his best start of seventh in the 2011 and 2012 events and his best finish of 11th in last year's edition of the race. Additionally, Scott has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track, where he earned the outside pole in 2009, and holds his best finish of fifth in the event one year ago. He also has two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts at the track, claiming the pole in the 2008 event before earning a fifth-place finish.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as the primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Shore Lodge: Did You Know? ... Whitetail Golf Club on the Shore Lodge property was rated among the Top 100 Best Courses in America by Golfweek. The course features a 7,200-yard, par 72 course designed by two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North.
Lending a Hand to Hunger ... Scott is scheduled to join several of his Nationwide Series competitors in lending a helping hand to "Feed the Children" on Thursday afternoon. The Richard Childress Racing driver will join the race's title sponsor at Gallatin County High School and assist in handing meals out to local families in need.
Show Me The Money ... This weekend's 300-mile race at Kentucky Speedway serves as the qualifying race for Nationwide Insurance's Dash-4-Cash summer series. The four top finishing Nationwide Series regulars will qualify to compete for a $100,000 bonus next Friday evening at Daytona International Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE
Kentucky Speedway has such a bumpy surface, how do you feel about the track and surface? "I always love racing at Kentucky (Speedway), it's been a great track for me in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The last couple of years we've had some misfortunes, but I really love it there. Since Richard Childress Racing swept both races last year, I feel like we'll have a really competitive setup to start with and then be able to tweak it to my preference."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 102 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This is the same Chevrolet Dillon drove to Victory Lane in both Nationwide Series races at Kentucky Speedway last year after starting on the pole each time. He also raced this Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, a sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July, a sixth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June, a fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May, a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, all in 2012.
Dillon at Kentucky Speedway ... Dillon swept both Nationwide Series events at Kentucky Speedway last season, starting from the pole position each time. The June race at Kentucky Speedway marked the Welcome, N.C. driver's first-career Nationwide Series victory. He set a record for most laps led, lapped all but six competitors and earned a perfect driver rating of 150.0 in the Feed the Children 300. In the September race at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon led a total of 65 laps en route to victory ultimately crossing the finish line 1.059 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. In three Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Dillon earned two pole awards, led 46 laps, completed 99.6 percent of his laps attempted and never finished worse than 15th, acquiring an average starting position of 1.3 and an average finishing position of 8.3. In his lone ARCA Racing Series start at the track, he finished 15th after starting 34th in 2009.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.6), ranks second in laps in the Top-15 (87.4 percent), has led the second-most laps (318), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (131), fourth in Average Running Position (9.970) maintains the fourth-best Driver Rating (98.7) and is the fifth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (9.286). He currently ranks fourth in the driver championship point standings, 45 markers behind leader Regan Smith.
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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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. So far this season, the No. 3 team has raised $11,000 towards the cause. 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.
Dash 4 Cash Qualifier This Weekend ... This weekend's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway serves as the official qualifying race for the 2013 Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash bonus award program and all fulltime Nationwide Series championship point contenders are eligible, including Dillon. The D4C program consists of the qualifying race at Kentucky Speedway this weekend followed by four-consecutive D4C races at Daytona International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The top-four finishing drivers to receive championship points at Kentucky will qualify for the first D4C race at Daytona. The highest finisher of those four drivers will win the $100,000 D4C Award payout and automatically qualify for the next event at New Hampshire. The top-three finishing drivers to receive championship driver points at New Hampshire will qualify for the next event at Chicagoland. Those rules will apply for the remaining three events. If one driver wins the previous D4C awards and wins the Indianapolis race, that driver will receive an additional $600,000 bonus. Fans have an opportunity to participate in the action, as well, by entering the Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/dash4cash. Four lucky entrants will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the final D4C event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The four fans will be randomly paired with the four eligible D4C drivers for that race, and the fan whose driver wins the D4C award will also go home with a check for $100,000.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE
Why do you think Kentucky Speedway is such a good track for you performance-wise? "I really don't know. I think my dirt racing background plays a factor. I get through the bumps really well. The characteristics of the track help me. I think we definitely have a shot at having another dominating performance. Everybody on our AdvoCare Chevrolet team gets really excited about going to Kentucky Speedway because we've had such good luck there in the past. Any time you win at a place, you love it. I have other tracks I love, but this one is close to me because I have two really big wins there."
No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Rheem/Menards Car... Matt Crafton will pilot chassis No. 112 at Kentucky Speedway. This No. 33 was previously run by Ty Dillon this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (finished 11th), Darlington Raceway (finished 13th) and Dover International Speedway (finished 23rd).
Crafton in Kentucky ... Crafton is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Kentucky Speedway on Friday evening. However, the California native is no stranger to the 1.5-mile track making 14 previous starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crafton's best start of first came in 2012 and best finish of third came in both 2008 and 2009 at the Sparta, Ky., track. He has completed 1,930 of 2,090 laps attempted (92.3 percent), leading 36 of them.
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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards car in Friday evening's race, Crafton will pilot the No. 88 Menards truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Thursday night. This race is scheduled to air live on SPEED at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Perfromance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Race Rewind ... Crafton last turned laps at Kentucky Speedway in a Camping World Truck in 2012, where he started 11th and finished ninth.
MATT CRAFTON QUOTE
What Are Your Thoughts About Racing the Rheem/Menards Car at Kentucky Speedway? "This is going to be the first time I race in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Kentucky Speedway. I've been there quite a few times in the Camping World Truck Series, and I really love the race track. It's one of my favorite places to race. It's a track with a lot of character. It's rough and you can move around a lot. It's usually not a one-groove race track, which makes for exciting racing. I'm super stoked about the opportunity to race in a Nationwide car for Richard Childress Racing. I've got to thank RCR, Menards and Rheem a ton for the chance to race in a competitive car. It's something I've always wanted to do; race in a good Nationwide car and be able to compete for a win. I know I will have that opportunity this weekend."