Richard Childress Racing
Truck Series Preview for Phoenix
November 5, 2013
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes
Race: Lucas Oil 150
Date: Friday, November 8, 2013
Location: Phoenix International Raceway
Richard Childress Racing's Camping World Truck Series History ... In 314 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 39 pole awards, 29 wins, 118 top-five finishes and 191 top-10 finishes. RCR also earned the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner, and again with Austin Dillon in 2011. The organization has an average starting position of 9.3 and an average finishing position of 10.4.
RCR at Phoenix International Raceway ... Richard Childress Racing has 19 previous Camping World Truck Series starts at the Avondale, Ariz. track. In those 19 appearances, the Welcome, N.C.-based organization boasts two wins (Mike Skinner in 1995). Accompanying those two win are two pole awards, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes with a 96.9 percent (2,829 of 2,918) completion of the laps contested and 213 laps led. RCR holds a 15.4 average starting position coupled with a 10.4 average finishing position.
Points Racin' ... With two Camping World Truck Series events remaining in 2013, Ty Dillon is third in the driver championship point standings, trailing the leader by 47 markers, while Brendan Gaughan is ninth in the standings. The No. 3 team is fourth in the owner championship point standings and the No. 62 team is 11th.
Vote for Team RCR ... Dillon and Gaughan are in the running for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver award. Fans can vote online at nascar.com/ncwtsmpd through Nov. 15. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced at the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet on Nov. 18 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
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 Camping World Truck Series team Twitter pages - @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Camping World Truck Series driver Twitter pages - @tydillon and @Brendan62.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled to be televised live on Friday, Nov. 8 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 025 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday's Lucas Oil 150. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a third-place finish at Iowa Speedway in September.
Desert Stats ... This week's 150-lap event marks Dillon's second appearance at Phoenix International Raceway in the Camping World Truck Series. Last year, Dillon was competing in the top 10 when he was involved in a late-race incident, relegating the team to a 15th-place result.
2013 Season Recap ... Throughout the course of the last 20 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has two wins (Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway), one pole award (Las Vegas Motor Speedway), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C., native holds an average starting position of 6.3 and a 10.5 average finishing position. He has completed 94.3 percent (2,916 of 3,093) of the contested laps and led for 501 circuits.
Meet Dillon ... Prior to competing in the Lucas Oil 150, Dillon is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy display at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:40 p.m. Mountain Time for a question-and-answer session.
On the Hunt ... Dillon spent this past week hunting in Wyoming with grandfather and team owner Richard Childress, older brother Austin Dillon and RCR teammate Paul Menard.
Calling All Voters ... NASCAR's Most Popular Driver contest is underway. Cast your vote for Dillon at NASCAR.com/ncwtsmpd. Fans may vote once every 24 hour period until Nov. 15.
Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway ... Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team earned their second Camping World Truck Series victory of the 2013 season last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The 21-year-old driver led for 130 of 147 laps en route to his third-career Camping World Truck Series win.
TY DILLON QUOTE
Coming off of the win at Texas Motor Speedway, what are your thoughts about this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway? "We want to win. We're carrying strong momentum now after the win last weekend. There's only two races left in the season, and we're going to have some fun and try to win a couple more before the end of the year. This Bass Pro Shops team has done a great job giving me fast trucks. I don't think it'll be anything different this weekend in Phoenix."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado at Phoenix International Raceway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 009 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in the Lucas Oil 150. The RCR-prepared machine was most recently driven by Gaughan at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.
West Coast Stats ... In 10 Camping World Truck Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaughan has earned one top-10 finish, with his best start of ninth and best finish of 10th coming in 2008. The Las Vegas native holds an average starting position of 18.2 paired with an average finishing position of 15.8, has completed 96.9 percent (1,467 of 1,514) laps contested and is credited with six laps led.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Opened in December 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.
A South Point Did You Know ... The South Point Arena & Equestrian Center uses more horse bedding shavings each year than any other like facility in the United States.
Getting Artsy and Helping Others ... On Friday, Nov. 8, Gaughan is scheduled to join fellow NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series drivers in an event to raise funds and awareness for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1), a genetic condition that is passed on by parents to their children through their genes and can cause serious liver disease in children and liver and/or lung disease (COPD) in adults. Gaughan will be partnered with child afflicted with Alpha-1 to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to be auctioned off at an upscale event at the Sam Bass Gallery at a later date.
Meet the Driver ... Gaughan is scheduled to sign autographs along with fellow Camping World Truck Series drivers during a NASCAR autograph session on Friday, Nov. 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time at Phoenix International Raceway at the Roll-Bar hospitality area, located behind Turn 1 grandstands.
In the Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway ... Starting from the seventh position, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team finished fourth under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE
What are your thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway? "Phoenix (International Raceway) is the West Coast, and anytime we go out west I feel a sense of territorial pride. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and I have had a lot of good runs at Phoenix over the years together. In the last few seasons, I haven't had the best runs. Last year I had a huge wreck, which was probably one of the worst wrecks of my career that I can remember. We're going to go back there, definitely try to be someone to compete with and try to take care of my turf."