Richard Childress Racing
June 23, 2013
Nationwide Post Race Report for Road America
The race, and the plot, had a lot of twists and turns for Austin, Brendan, Brian and Max
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Johnsinville Sausage 200 presented by Menards
June 22, 2013
* Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 10th (Austin Dillon), 11th (Brendan Gaughan), 17th (Max Papis) and 20th (Brian Scott).
* Dillon is fourth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Regan Smith by 45 markers, while Scott is eighth in the standings, 68 points behind Smith.
* The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks sixth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team 10th in the standings and the No. 33 team 11th.
* According to NASCAR's Post Race Loop Data Statistics, Dillon led the field in the Closers category, advancing 15 positions in the final 10 percent of the race.
* Gaughan made 57 Green Flag Passes, ranking him 11th in that category.
* Papis ranked fifth in the Closers category, advancing nine positions in the final 10 percent of the race.
* Scott made 19 Quality Passes.
* AJ Allmendinger earned his first victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Justin Allgaier, Parker Kligerman, Owen Kelly and Sam Hornish, Jr.
* The next Nationwide Series race is the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, June 28. The 15th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
Brian Scott Earns a 20th-Place Finish in Action-Packed Race
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Charter Chevrolet team were in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for the first road course race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season at Road American where they were in contention for a top-10 finish, until a late-race incident relegated them to a 20th-place finish. The Boise, Idaho-native qualified his No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in the 18th spot for the Saturday afternoon event. In the early going of the race, he navigated his way towards the front climbing as high as 11th. During that time, Scott radioed to crew chief Phil Gould he was looking for a little bit more rear grip and was "snappy" loose off the corners. Scott made his first pit stop on lap 14 for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco Green E15 fuel and a chassis adjustment to correct a loose-handling condition. Just as Scott exited the pits, the caution flag was displayed keeping him on the lead lap. Scott took the green from the 11th position and battled the competition as the race progressed. The caution flag was displayed once again on lap 31, allowing the Charter team to make additional adjustments in the pits. He restarted 16th and moved forward as the competition became tense as the race neared its end. A series of late-race caution periods set the field up for two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, during which time multiple cars were ran off course as drivers went all out for the win. Scott restarted in the 11th spot during the first attempt, but suffered rear corner panel damage to his Camaro and had to make a trip down pit road so his RCR crew could move sheet metal away from the rear tire. He lined up 28th for the final restart and ultimately earned a 20th-place finish.
Start - 18 Finish - 20 Laps Led - 0 Points - 8th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE: "It was a tough day. We didn't have the track position we needed to start the race, but continued to work on our Charter Chevrolet on pit road. We were in a good spot towards the end as the field continued to wreck, but unfortunately suffered some damage from an incident forcing us to pit. We'll move on to Kentucky and look to get back in the groove."
Austin Dillon Earns Top-10 Finish
Austin Dillon survived two attempts at late-race restarts in an action-packed NASCAR Nationwide Series road course event at Road America on Saturday afternoon to collect a 10th-place finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet. Dillon started the 50-lap race from the 14th position and immediately showed speed in the black No. 3 Chevrolet, driving to the 10th position before pitting under green-flag conditions for his first round of adjustments, fuel and tires on lap 12. Unfortunately, Dillon was issued a violation for exiting pit road too quickly and had to restart at the tail end of the longest line when the caution flag was displayed just one lap later. Although he fell to 32nd in the running order, Dillon worked his way into the 11th position for a restart with just 11 laps remaining, but was punted from behind and spun one lap later, relegating him to 25th place. When the caution flag was displayed on lap 44, Dillon was directed down pit road by crew chief Danny Stockman for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco Green E15 fuel. He restarted from the 22nd position on lap 47 and survived two separate attempts at a green-white-checker restart to post a 10th-place finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet.
Start - 14 Finish - 10 Laps Led - 0 Points - 4th
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE: "I'm really proud of how hard we worked as a team to get this top-10 finish on a road course. We definitely had a never-give-up attitude today, driving up from the back of the field twice during the race."
Brendan Gaughan Earns 11th-Place Finish
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team finished 11th at Road America, despite being involved in a late race incident on Saturday afternoon. The Richard Childress Racing team started the scheduled 50-lap affair from the 26th position. Gaughan utilized restarts to gain valuable track position, advancing the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet into the top-20 early in the event. After reporting a loose-handling condition in the right-hand turns to the No. 21 team, crew chief Shane Wilson called Gaughan to pit road under caution for four tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues. Gaughan continued his climb into the top-15 and was scored in the 11th position on lap 33. While running 11th, Gaughan was tagged from behind sending his black and gold machine spinning around in turn 12. He was able to keep the No. 21 Chevrolet from making contact with the wall and didn't sustain any damage. Following that incident, Gaughan was forced to restart 27th with 14 laps remaining at the 14-turn road course. Multiple full-course cautions were displayed in the closing laps of the event forcing the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers to two green-white-checkered attempts. Gaughan used the multiple restarts to advance through the field to the 11th position, where he crossed the finish line.
Start - 26 Finish - 11 Laps Led - 0 Points Position - N/A
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE: "I'm really proud of the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team. The guys did a great job on pit road all day and gave me a really great race car. I love road course racing, especially here at Road America. It's a great facility and the track is a lot of fun to race. We got caught up in an unfortunate incident in turn 12, but were able to use the restarts to gain track position and bring home a top-15 finish."
Max Papis Battles Adversity to Come Home 17th
High expectations were set for Max Papis and the No. 33 Menards/Rheem team as they rolled into the season's first road course race at Road America. Despite rain threatening both days of the event, Papis kept the No. 33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet Camaro in the top-10 during final practice and backed that momentum up with a 10th-place starting spot on Saturday morning. The road racing ace went through the first run of the day to lap 16 battling a loose condition that hindered Papis to get back to the throttle as quickly as some of the top runners. The first caution allowed the over-the-wall crew to promptly deliver a much needed boost to the team by posting a fast, four-tire stop and track bar adjustment for some additional motivation behind the wheel. Restarting sixth, Papis maintained a top-10 running position and ran as high as fourth through some consistent laps and smooth pedal work. After taking what was planned to be the final stop on lap 32 under caution, Papis was the recipient of an ill-timed bump going into turn five on the first green lap of the restart. Making the best out of a bad situation, Papis and the team decided to come down pit road to investigate the damage under caution on lap 41. His return to the bunched up field was nothing short of spectacular as he passed 17 cars (three wide, outside and inside) in just under one full lap, until another quick caution reverted him back to 18th through a scoring loop technicality. On the ensuing restart at lap 46, another errant corner from a competitor put Papis back to 32nd and forced another pit stop under the following caution. It took two green-white-checkered restarts, but Papis and team chipped their way to a 17th-place finish at the end of the race.
Start - 10 Finish - 17 Laps Led - 0 Points - N/A
MAX PAPIS QUOTE: "We were having a great race in the No. 33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet Camaro. I'm just disappointed because the 16 car just ran me off the track. We had a top-fiive car for sure, just didn't get the respect that I think this team deserves."