Richard Childress Racing
RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Event Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 5, 2013
Kobalt Tools 400
March 10, 2013
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
RCR in "Sin City" ... In 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes with five different drivers - Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and Mike Skinner. Bowyer and Harvick's runner-up finishes in March 2008 and March 2009, respectively, are RCR's best showings at the 1.5-mile oval.
RCR Phoenix Rewind ... In last Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event at Phoenix International Raceway, Burton collected his first top-10 finish of the 2013 season (10th), while Harvick finished 13th and Paul Menard 20th.
Get to the Points ... RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 15th (Jeff Burton), 17th (Paul Menard) and 30th (Kevin Harvick) in the driver championship point standings heading into this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Four Trophies Missing from the Case ... RCR has earned a Sprint Cup Series victory at 19 of the 23 tracks on the 2013 schedule. The only tracks on the current schedule where RCR hasn't earned Sprint Cup Series wins are Homestead-Miami Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Additionally, RCR has Sprint Cup Series wins at 22 tracks overall, including North Wilkesboro (N.C.), Riverside (Calif.) and Rockingham (N.C.); which are no longer on the schedule.
Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Sprint Cup Series team Twitter pages - @RCR27PMenard, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter page @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages - www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick and www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton.
Catch the Action ... Live coverage of the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised on FOX Sunday, March 10, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
No. 27 Schrock/Menards Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Schrock/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 403 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable in 2013.
Las Vegas by the Numbers ... Menard has six starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. His best start of 18th came in 2011, and his best finish of seventh came in last year's event. The Wisconsin native has completed 1,599 of 1,620 laps attempted (98.7 percent) at the Las Vegas track, leading three of them.
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Race Rewind ... In his last appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the 27th position and brought home a top-10 finish of seventh, his best effort to-date at the track.
PAUL MENARD QUOTES:
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Going to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) will give us the first true indication of how the new Gen-6 car is going to react. At all the tests we have done with the new car we've seen high speeds. It's definitely been faster than the old car in race conditions. I think there's a good possibility we might see a new track record in Vegas. We're going to the track a day early to test on Thursday, so I really think we are going to learn a lot about how the Schrock/Menards Chevrolet is going to handle. What we gain from the extra day of testing will be crucial to our strategy for the rest of the weekend."
No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Rheem Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 396 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Kobalt Tools 400. Harvick last drove this RCR racecar to a 12th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in 2012.
Looking for Lady Luck ... Harvick will make his 13th Sprint Cup Series-career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Sunday. Since his first appearance at the 1.5-mile facility, the Bakersfield, Calif., native has earned three top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has completed 99.8 percent (3,220 of 3,225) of laps contested and is credited with 58 laps led. This weekend, Harvick hopes to run across 'Lady Luck' and pick up a win in Sin City as Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of nine tracks where the RCR veteran driver has yet to visit Victory Lane.
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.
2012 Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 Chevrolet team scored an 11th-place finish in the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after starting from the third position and battled handling issues for the majority of the 267-lap affair.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
What do you think you'll learn from the test on Thursday and the race in regard to the Gen-6 car?
"I think the cars are obviously really fast because they have more down force. Everyone's anticipation of getting to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) and getting all of the cars on the race track at the same time is pretty high, just for the fact that no one can tell you exactly what's going on. You really don't know what will happen until you get into 100 percent race conditions. The test on Thursday, and the race, will at least give us a direction of where we need to go after the weekend so we can work on things. It's going to be interesting and we'll see very fast, high speeds."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
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This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 393 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized five times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
Burton in Sin City ... Burton has 15 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two wins (1999 and 2000), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, leading 280 laps.
Welcome Kwikset to the RCR Family ... Kwikset announced today it will have its logo on the No. 31 Chevrolet for every race this season, and will also be the primary paint scheme for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6. Throughout the 2013 season, Kwikset will activate this partnership with a VIP infield hospitality presence at five NSCS race weekends beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There will also be significant activation at Dover International Speedway on June 2, Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12 and Texas Motor Speedway on November 3. For more information on this partnership, visit www.kwiksetpresskit.com.
Featured Caterpillar Dealers ... Nebraska Machinery and Wyoming Machinery will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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Race Rewind 2012 ... After spending a majority of the 2012 event from outside of the top 20, Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team bounced back for a 14th-place finish in the Kobalt Tools 400.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on driving the Gen-6 car at the first 1.5-mile track of the 2013 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"We've had a lot of 2013 test sessions at 1.5-mile tracks. There are going to be a lot of questions at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) for every team. The new Gen-6 cars are really fast with a lot of grip. Goodyear is building better tires than they have ever built while the cars have more downforce and engines have more power than ever. Add all that up and it means we are going to go really fast. Las Vegas is a rough track and not very smooth anymore. There are just so many challenges and unknowns heading into Las Vegas and that's what everyone is worried about. You can test all day long, but it isn't the same as racing. Until everyone brings their best effort to the track, you really don't know where you stand. We feel like we've had good tests, but things tend to be different come race time."