Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Preview for Homestead
November 12, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Homestead 300
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... In 27 previous Nationwide Series appearances at Homestead-Miami Speedway, RCR has two wins at the 1.5-mile track, with Jeff Burton notching a win in 2007 and Kevin Harvick bringing the organization to the Winner's Circle in 2004. RCR has started Nationwide Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway from the pole position with two different drivers - Harvick in 2006 and Jeff Green in 2002.
RCR in the NNS ... In 969 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 50 pole awards, 327 top-five and 542 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finishing position of 12.3 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 Johhny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 32 races contested this season, RCR has earned two wins in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway and Harvick at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with 30 top-five and 53 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned seven pole awards doing so at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Kansas Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four consecutively. Brian Scott earned a pole award for the organization at Richmond International Raceway. The organization has led 1,110 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr., while Scott is seventh, 106 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits third, while the No. 33 team is sixth and the No. 2 team is 11th.
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Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Homestead 300 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Nov. 16 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team will travel to the NASCAR Nationwide Series' season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with chassis No. 129 from Richard Childress Racing's Nationwide Series stable. This chassis was most recently utilized at Texas Motor Speedway where Scott earned an eighth-place finish. He also earned a second-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, 11th at Kentucky Speedway in September and 10th at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August driving this Chevrolet Camaro.
South Beach History ... Scott has three previous Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, earning two top-10 finishes and a 100 percent lap completion rate. He finished seventh in 2012.
Fighting For Every Point ... Scott currently sits seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 106 points out of first.
2013 Summed Up ... As the 2013 Nationwide Series season comes to an end this weekend, Scott has already posted the strongest season of his career. The Boise, Idaho-native has earned one pole award, three top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, along with 254-laps led. Scott nearly claimed victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and showed a dominant performance at Richmond International Raceway where he claimed the pole, led 239 laps and took the checkered flag in second place.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Homestead-Miami 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.
Race Rewind ... In this event one year ago, Scott earned his best starting and finishing spot at the Homestead, Fla-based speedway by qualifying inside the top-10 and finishing seventh.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE
What are your thoughts going into Homestead-Miami Speedway? "I'm excited to get on track this weekend at Homestead Miami-Speedway. Through the past several races we've been really strong on mile-and-a-half speedways. We ran in the top-five for a majority of the race at Texas Motor Speedway and are bringing that same car this weekend. If everything goes right, hopefully we can close the year out in victory lane."
How would you describe your first season with Richard Childress Racing? "Overall, we had a pretty strong first season together at Richard Childress Racing. We started the year off with a bunch of top-10 finishes, but had a few tough finishes throughout the season. As a team we nearly won Indianapolis Motor Speedway and dominated Richmond International Raceway. Statistically this season is my best Nationwide Series year of my career, so that's a plus. I think this off-season will be beneficial to myself, my crew chief Phil Gould and the team. We'll be back stronger next year and ready to contend."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 102 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Dillon drove this Chevrolet Camaro to a second-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, a third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July and a sixth-place finish after earning the pole award at Kentucky Speedway in June 2013. 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 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 Homestead-Miami Speedway... In one previous Nationwide Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2012, Dillon earned a fifth-place finish and clinched the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track, Dillon finished 10th en route to clinching the 2011 Camping World Truck Series championship two years ago. In 2010, he earned the pole award at Homestead-Miami Speedway and led 11 laps, but finished 31st after involvement in an on-track incident in the closing laps of the race.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series championship contenders in Average Starting Position (4.8), leads the series in Laps in the Top 15 (92.6 percent), leads the series in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.96 percent), has led the third-most laps (557), ranks third in Average Running Position (8.332), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (103.7), is the third-Fastest Driver on Restarts (7.719), and ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (382).
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr. with one race remaining this season.
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 Homestead-Miami 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 Homestead-Miami 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 $35,000 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 QUOTE
What are your thoughts on racing this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway? "We're bringing chassis No. 102 to Homestead-Miami Speedway, which is the same car we raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. It's a fast car and I am looking forward to Homestead because I've been successful there in the past. I am going into the race with the same mindset I've had all year; to try and stay focused and determined and to gain maximum points. If we can do that by winning the race that would be great, but if we don't win a race this season, I will not look at this year as incomplete or unsuccessful by any means. Our goal is to win a championship and to head into the last race of the year with an opportunity to win a championship. If we can accomplish that it would be a huge honor. I can guarantee you that I am going into the last race trying my hardest and giving everything I have to accomplish our team's goals, and that's all you can ask for in a season."
No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet visited victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway last season and garnered a total of seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in two seasons of competition.
Miami Nuggets ... Saturday's 200-lap affair marks Dillon's first appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Nationwide Series. Although Dillon has yet to make any competitive laps in the No. 33 entry at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he has two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.5-mile track where he has one top-10 finish to his credit.
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 ... Before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet, Dillon will participate in the Homestead 200 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night in his full-time ride of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Live coverage of the event begins at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.
Looking Ahead ... Dillon is scheduled to compete full time in the Nationwide Series in 2014 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for RCR. Yuengling Light Lager will serve as a primary sponsor for eight races and will have an associate presence on the car for the remaining 25 events on the schedule. Additional sponsors will be announced soon.
TY DILLON QUOTE
What are your thoughts heading into the season-finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway? "I enjoy running double duty. It helps me learn more about the track and what it takes to get around there. The last weekend I ran both the (Camping World) Truck and Nationwide Series was Texas, and I went to victory lane on Friday night. I'm hoping to make a repeat of that this weekend."