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August 24, 2013

NASCAR Nationwide Series Post-Race Report from Bristol Motor Speedway

All four Richard Childress Racing entries score top-15 finishes in "Thunder Valley."

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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Bristol Motor Speedway
August 23, 2013

 
Race Highlights:
·    Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Austin Dillon), seventh (Ty Dillon), ninth (Brian Scott) and 15th (Brendan Gaughan) in the Food City 250.
·    Following the event at Bristol Motor Speedway, A. Dillon gained two positions, moving up to second, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Sam Hornish Jr. by 6 markers, while Scott remains seventh, 60 points outside of the top spot.
·    The No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro team ranks fourth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team ninth in the standings, the No. 33 team 12th and the No. 21 team 39th.
·    According to NASCAR's Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, RCR drivers A. Dillon, T. Dillon and Scott tied for first in Laps in the Top 15, after competing within the top 15 of the running order for the entire 250-lap event.
·    Combined, A. Dillon and T. Dillon posted eight of the Fastest Laps Run during the 250-lap event, with four each.
·    A. Dillon was the ranked third in Quality Passes (37) and had the third-best Speed in Traffic.
·    Gaining one position during final 10 percent (25 laps) of the race, T. Dillon tied for third in the Closers category.
·    Posting an average speed of 116.616 mph, Scott was the sixth-Fastest Driver on Restarts.
·    Gaughan completed 33 Green Flag Passes, positioning him sixth in the loop data category.
·    Kyle Busch earned his ninth victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Brad Keselowski, A. Dillon, Justin Allgaier and Kyle Larson.
·    The next Nationwide Series race is the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 31. The 24th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
 
   
                  Scott Earns Ninth-Place Finish in "Thunder Valley"

 
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Husky Liners team earned a ninth-place finish under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 250 Friday evening after battling a lack of rear grip during the final laps. Scott qualified his No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro on the front row, in the second spot, reported early in the 250-lap event that he was too loose on entry and exit of the corner as he fell to the 10th position before the first caution. Crew Chief Phil Gould called the Idaho native to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Scott lined up 10th for the ensuring restart and reported that the handling of his Husky Liners/Idaho Potato Camaro was much better the following run. The evening's final caution flew on lap 168 for an incident on the front stretch, the team elected to stay on track positioning the sliver and yellow Chevrolet fourth for the lap 179 restart. Upon taking the green flag, he quickly moved up to third, but battled lack of rear grip during the final laps, ultimately crossing the line in the ninth position.
 
               Start - 2         Finish - 9         Laps Led - 0         Points - 7
 
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:

"The No. 2 Husky Liners/Idaho Potato Camaro was good, but just didn't hold up on the long run, and the way the race shaped up there were a lot of long runs. I'm proud of the guys. We had the right strategy and track position at the end, but I'm happy to come out of Bristol (Motor Speedway) with a top-10 finish. It was a rough race by running the top side of the track the whole time and we got into the wall a couple times. We bounced back for a top-10 after all we went through, and I'm happy with the outcome."
 

             Austin Dillon Earns Third-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway
 
Austin Dillon sits second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings, just six markers shy of the series' leader, following a third-place finish in the Food City 250 on Friday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driving the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, the Welcome, N.C., driver started the 250-lap race from the sixth position and spent several laps during the beginning portion of the race following his younger brother and teammate, Ty Dillon, in the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet, before passing him for the third spot on lap 31. The first caution flag of the event was displayed on lap 65, prompting crew chief Danny Stockman to direct Dillon down pit road for four tires and fuel. The team restarted from the seventh position on lap 71, and Dillon quickly raced his way into the top five. With just 10 cars scored on the lead lap, the team opted to pit for the final time when the caution flag was displayed on lap 152 with Dillon scored in the fifth position. Exiting pit road in the eighth position, Dillon raced his way into fourth within four laps of a long green-flag run during the final stages of the race and ultimately earned a third-place finish.
 
                 Start - 6           Finish - 3          Laps Led - 0          Points - 2
 
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:

"I just can't say enough about our guys on this No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team. They built such a great Camaro for us. We had some bad pit stops tonight, but that car was built so well that we could just drive back up through traffic, so that's just a testament to what they do at RCR. I'm so proud of Danny Stockman and all of the guys."

                   Gaughan Finishes 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway
 
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino team brought home a 15th-place result Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway after battling handling issues during the Food City 250. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular, started the 250-lap event from the 20th position and quickly alerted crew chief Shane Wilson that he was battling a loose-handling black and gold Chevrolet. Gaughan fell as far back as 25th in the running order, one lap down to the leader, before coming down pit road on lap 67 under caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Scored in the 22nd position for the ensuing restart, the Las Vegas native worked his way into the top 15 by lap 109. As the race progressed, Gaughan informed the team that the car's handling had transitioned from loose to tight, but was able to maintain track position during the final laps, ultimately crossing the finish line 15th.
 
       Start - 20          Finish - 15          Laps Led - 0          Owner Points - 39
                       
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:

"Bristol (Motor Speedway) wasn't that good to me this time around. I really enjoy racing here, but we just couldn't catch a break tonight. We got caught one lap down early on in the race when I was battling a loose race car, and cautions never really went our way to get our lap back to gain track position. The South Point Hotel & Casino team worked hard all day trying to find the right balance on the car, but it was a matter of luck in the end that didn't play into our favor."
 
   

              Ty Dillon Drives No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet to Seventh-Place Finish  
                                         at Bristol Motor Speedway

 
Ty Dillon and the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet team secured a top-10 finish in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway despite battling a loose-handling condition throughout a majority of the 250-lap affair. Dillon started the event from the third spot and maintained a position within the top-five until lap 80, when he dropped to eighth in the running order as he struggled with a loose-handling condition on his blue and white Chevrolet Camaro. The Ernie Cope-led team took advantage of several caution periods to make routine pit stops for tires, fuel and chassis adjustments designed to combat the handling issues that Dillon was facing. Handling issues improved following the team's final pit stop of the event on lap 152, and the Welcome, N.C. driver utilized the bottom groove to advance from 10th to post a seventh-place finish.
 
         Start - 3          Finish - 7          Laps Led - 0          Owner Points - 12
 
TY DILLON QUOTE: 

"I'm really proud of the No. 33 WESCO team. It was a solid day, and I learned a lot. The car was handling on the loose side throughout the race until the final pit stop, and I think if we could have gotten tightened up earlier we could have gained a few additional spots. Still, I feel like we're gaining a solid notebook for next year. I can't wait until my next NASCAR Nationwide Series race with this team. I want to thank all of the customers from WESCO for coming out to the track."

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