Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Bristol
August 20, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Food City 250
Date: Friday, August 23, 2013
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 56 previous Nationwide Series appearances at Bristol Motor Speedway, RCR leads all organizations with seven wins at the half-mile bullring, including a victory in the March 2012 Nationwide Series race with Elliott Sadler. Clint Bowyer earned RCR a win at Bristol in March 2008, while Kevin Harvick has contributed four wins for RCR with victories in March 2005, March 2003, August 2001 and August 2000. Jeff Green won in an RCR entry at Bristol in March 2002. RCR also has five pole awards at Bristol: Scott Wimmer in March 2008, Harvick in March 2006, March 2001 and August 2000 and Mike Skinner in August 2001
Averages ... RCR boasts an average starting position of 9.7 and an average finishing position of 12.3 among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at Bristol Motor Speedway. RCR drivers have completed 94.7 percent of the laps attempted at the half-mile track (13,692 of 14,451 laps), with 1,776 laps led. In addition to seven wins and five pole awards, RCR has earned 24 top-five finishes and 33 top-10 finishes at the track.
RCR in the NNS ... In 936 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 48 pole awards, 315 top-five and 521 top-10 finishes, with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.4 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point 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 Jeff Burton and Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 22 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 18 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles. The organization has led 655 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon is tied for third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Sam Hornish Jr by 15 points, while Brian Scott is seventh, 63 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits third, while the No. 2 team is ninth and the No. 33 team is 13th.
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, @RCR33NNS and @RCR62BGaughan, RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3, @tydillon and @Brendan62, and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/tydillonmotorsports.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Food City 250 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 23 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Husky Liners Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Husky Liners Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... This Friday evening, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Husky Liners crew tackle "Thunder Valley" by racing under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott will pilot chassis No. 115 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Friday evening's Food City 250. This short-track workhorse was piloted by Scott to a 14th-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June and a 10th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. Additionally, during the 2012 season Elliott Sadler raced this Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October. Ty Dillon piloted this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September and a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
Thunder Valley History ... The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has eight previous Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott has two top-10 finishes (Fall 2011/Spring 2013) and has not started outside the top-10 in the last three events on the half-mile speedway. Additionally, he has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit, with a best finish of fifth in 2009.
Point Out the Points ... Scott held on to seventh place in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings after his 12th-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He is 706 points behind leader Sam Hornish, Jr.
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Mr. Potato Head, Boise Style ... This weekend the Boise, Idaho native will have a different look on his helmet. In a partnership with the Idaho Potato Commission, Scott will sport a potato-like helmet Friday evening in Thunder Valley. Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, The Idaho Potato Commission has built the world's largest Idaho spud, put it on the bed of a semi-truck to travel cross country. Fans will have a chance to see the spud up close and personal all weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Meet Brian ... Fans can meet Scott at Food City Race Night in downtown Bristol, Tenn. Scott will be signing autographs Thursday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information visit: http://www.foodcity.com/community/racing/food-city-race-night
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES
After two weeks of road racing, we head to Bristol Motor Speedway for short track racing. "When we were at Bristol (Motor Speedway) in the spring, our Chevrolet Camaro was fast and had a top five run going, but we had a little miscommunication towards the end that shuffled us back to 10th. I know that Richard Childress Racing has a strong comprehension of Bristol and what needs to go into these Chevys to have a good run. I'm looking forward to it, I know we can run up front and contend for the win."
Will there be a difference in the track running under the lights as opposed to the day in the spring? "The sun will be set, lights will be on and the track will drive similar. Our balance will shift a little bit because of the temperature and sunlight, it'll still be a great race. The NASCAR Nationwide Series always puts on a great show for the fans."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 116 in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This season, Dillon earned a fourth-place finish in this Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway in August, a second-place finish after starting from the pole at Iowa in June and an 11th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. In September 2012, Dillon drove this Chevrolet to sixth-place finishes at Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, and a 15th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in August.
Dillon at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Dillon has three Bristol Motor Speedway starts to his credit in the Nationwide Series, posting an 11th-place finish in March 2013, after incurring damage during a mid-race incident, and posting a 12th-place finish in March 2012 after he was thwarted by a NASCAR-issued penalty for exiting pit road too fast and challenged by a loose-handling condition throughout the race. He earned a career-best, fourth-place finish at the 0.533-mile short track in August 2012. The 22-year-old Nationwide Series regular has two starts at the half-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 17th in 2010 and 23rd in 2011.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (5.6), has led the second-most laps (483), ranks third in Laps in the Top-15 (89 percent), third in Average Running Position (9.515) maintains the fourth-best Driver Rating (100.2), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (260) and is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.909).
Get to the Points ... After leading the standings for two-consecutive weeks, Dillon fell to third (tied) in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings with his 21st-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday. He is currently 15 markers shy of Sam Hornish, Jr.'s point lead.
Raising Awareness for DRIVE4COPD ... Dillon is scheduled to help raise awareness for the COPD foundation with an appearance at the Food City store located at 1320 Euclid Ave. in Bristol, Va. from 5-6 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 22. Dillon's paternal grandfather, Stan Dillon, passed away following a battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease in May 2012, sparking Dillon to partner with the COPD foundation to encourage all Americans aged 35 or older to log onto www.drive4copd.org/screener to take a brief, five-question screener to see if they might be at risk for COPD, a serious and progressive lung disease that is the third leading cause of death of Americans. If the screener indicates risk, patients are encouraged to take the next step and speak with their healthcare professional or call the COPD Information Line (1-866-316-2673) to discuss what their score may mean. Because COPD is a progressive disease that causes irreversible lung damage, early diagnosis and disease management are critical to helping patients breathe better in the future.
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 Bristol Motor 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 Bristol Motor 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 $20,000 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.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES
What is the racing like at Bristol Motor Speedway? "Bristol Motor Speedway is a track where the racing has become really aggressive lately, especially with that groove at the top coming in. There will be a lot of beating and banging in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It's getting down to the end of the year and guys are trying to position themselves for points, so you're going to see a lot of aggressive driving at Bristol. Hopefully, we'll be one of the cars that can put ourselves out front."
How frustrating is it as a driver when it takes six, seven or even eight laps sometimes to pass someone at Bristol Motor Speedway? "It's frustrating. We dealt with it at Darlington Raceway this year. At some of these racetracks it's just tough. Bristol Motor Speedway has gotten that way. You have to be patient, which is a very key part of these races. Riding in sixth is not a bad day, because on a restart late in the race you're going to have the outside line so you might finish third or fourth. We just need to qualify well and recognize that pit stops will be key. We had a bad pit stop last time we were at Bristol Motor Speedway, so hopefully we can have a clean pit road and come out on top."
No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 089 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Food City 250. This RCR-prepared machine was last utilized by Gaughan and the No. 33 RCR team at Phoenix International Speedway in November 2012 when a late-race incident relegated them to a 26th-place finish.
Bristol Stats ... Since the 2009 season, Gaughan has four Nationwide Series starts to his credit at the half-mile oval. The Las Vegas native picked up his only pole award during his first appearance at the track in March of 2009. He holds a 17th-place average starting position coupled with a 23.5 average finishing position, has completed 89.2 percent (985 of 1,104) of the laps contested and is credited with 16 laps led.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Opened in December of 2005, the South Point resort was the first megaresort located south of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. The facility consists of a 25 story hotel tower and 90,000 square feet convention center located on a 60 acre site along Las Vegas Boulevard in Enterprise, Nevada. South Point Hotel offers a total of 2,163 rooms and 160,000 sq. ft. meeting and convention space; the largest of any hotel in Las Vegas that is not on the Strip. For more information, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111.
Did You Know: Las Vegas ... Did you know, more than 386 million people visited Las Vegas in 2011?
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro in Friday's race, Gaughan will pilot the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Wednesday, August 21. This race is scheduled to air live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES
You're scheduled to run double duty at Bristol Motor Speedway. How do you prepare for that as a driver? "Double duty doesn't bother me. I ran double duty at Michigan (International Speedway) last week, and it wasn't a real big deal for me. At Bristol (Motor Speedway) we have a day off in between, so I don't have to worry about back-to-back races or even back-to-back practices. I'll focus on racing the truck on Wednesday and focus on racing the Nationwide Series car on Friday, so that'll make life easy for me."
What are your thoughts on running the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway? "I've always done well at Bristol (Motor Speedway). I even got a pole the first time I ran in the Nationwide Series there. It's still one of my favorite places to race. I'll be working with Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and the No. 62 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team this weekend. That makes me happy as a driver because I'll be working with guys I'm comfortable with and we have a really good chemistry going."
No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, a 13th-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May and a 23rd-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June.
Bristol Details ... Friday's 250-lap affair marks Dillon's first appearance at the half-mile bullring in the Nationwide Series. At the time of the Nationwide Series race this Friday, Dillon will have made two previous starts at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
What is WESCO? ... WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2012 annual sales were approximately $6.6 billion. The Company employs approximately 8,900 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates eight fully automated distribution centers and approximately 475 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.
Double Dose of Dillon ... The 21-year-old driver will participate in his second double-duty weekend of the 2013 season. Aside from his racing duties with the No. 33 WESCO team, he'll pilot his full-time Camping World Truck Series entry in Wednesday night's 200-lap event in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Fox Sports 1 will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The live broadcast can also be heard on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Nationwide in 2013 ... After this weekend's Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dillon is slated for three additional races in the No. 33 Chevrolet for the 2013 season. He is scheduled to take the green flag at Richmond International Raceway in September, Texas Motor Speedway in November and the season-finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
TY DILLON QUOTE
This weekend marks your first NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. What are your expectations for the race? "I'm excited to be back behind the wheel of the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet this weekend at Bristol (Motor Speedway). I've had a few weeks off from the Nationwide Series, but I'm eager to return. It's going to be a big help to have the extra seat time at the track from running the Truck Series race. I think it'll help my performance on Friday night."