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                          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes

: Coke Zero 400
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Location: Daytona International Speedway

RCR NSCS Resume at The World Center of Racing ... Dating back to 1976, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has won 10 poles and collected five victories at the most-storied race track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. RCR owns two Daytona 500 wins (Dale Earnhardt - 1998, Kevin Harvick - 2007), three Coke Zero 400 trophies (Earnhardt - 1990, 1993 and Harvick - 2010) and 15 qualifying races, including 10-consecutive victories with Earnhardt (1990 - 1999), Jeff Burton's win in 2011 and Harvick's most-recent trip to Victory Lane in February. Harvick became the fourth driver to win back-to-back Sprint Unlimited titles in 2009 and 2010 and tallied the eighth win for RCR in the February event, more than any other NSCS organization. In addition to Harvick's victories, Earnhardt won the Sprint Unlimited five times (1986, '88, '91, '93, and '95).

RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,324 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 103 wins, 42 pole awards, 440 top-five finishes and 926 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 14 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, five NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.

RCR Kentucky Rewind ... Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Harvick scored his ninth top-10 finish of the season (10th-place) while Burton and Paul Menard finished 19th and 30th, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 17 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway (April) and in the Coca-Cola 600 (May), notched five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank fourth (Harvick), 15th (Menard) and 21st (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.

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 and at along with official driver pages -, and

Catch the Action ... TNT's live coverage from Daytona International Speedway begins Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

                                              Paul Menard
                         No. 27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet SS  

This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet ...
Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 406 at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Talladega Superspeedway and tested at Daytona in January and April earlier this year.

Daytona Stats ... Menard has 12 starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in 2008 and best finish of sixth came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,133 of 2,148 laps attempted (99.3 percent) at the famed superspeedway, leading 38 of them.

Red and Black ... The No. 27 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet SS will sport a different look this weekend carrying a special paint scheme combination of Rheem red and black, in addition to Menards yellow.

Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company ( 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.

Race Rewind ... Starting 13th, Menard was running inside the top 10 when he was involved in a late-race, multi-car incident causing him to finish 14th in last year's summer event under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Daytona International Speedway
: "They repaved Daytona (International Speedway) a couple of years ago and from that point until now, the track has lost a lot of grip. In the Daytona 500, we found that we had to lift during the race to slow the cars up enough to have some grip. When we go back this weekend in the heat of the summer, I think the track will be even more slippery. It's probably going to come down to how the car handles, a lot like it used to be before the repave. Every time we go back, handling becomes more and more important and I don't see that changing this weekend. We have already tested our Rheem/Menards Chevrolet twice this season at Daytona, so hopefully we can use what we learned from those tests and apply it this weekend."

                                         Kevin Harvick  
                     No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS  

This Week's Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway ...
Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 387 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in Saturday night's event at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick most recently drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane following the Sprint Unlimited in February at Daytona.

Back to the Beach ... Since 2001, Harvick has made 24 starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, winning two point-paying events (2007 Daytona 500 and July 2010). The California racer has also collected two pole awards (July 2002 and July 2010), five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, has completed 90.3 percent (3,815 of 4,225) laps contested and is credited with 178 laps led.

Red, White and Blue Summer ... Harvick's No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet will don a special paint scheme this weekend to reflect Budweiser's limited-edition red, white and blue packaging. The patriotic packaging represents a special initiative in which the brand will contribute a portion of all sales from May 5 - July 4 to help raise as much as $1.5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation*, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country. Since 2010, Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation and provided more than 1,000 educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in service. (*Donation of 2cents per case of Budweiser sold, May 5, 2013 to July 4, 2013, with a maximum donation of $1.5 million.)

Giddy Up ... Budweiser's world famous Clydesdales will be on display in the DIS midway area throughout the Coke Zero 400 race weekend. For nearly eight decades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have been an enduring symbol of Anheuser-Busch's heritage, tradition and commitment to quality. The hitch consists of eight horses, the famous red, white and gold beer wagon and two drivers seated next to the hitch's signature mascot Dalmatian. To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze, and black mane and tail.

Race Rewind ...
Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet team had a strong run during the 2012 edition of the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, but ultimately finished 23rd after being collected in a last-lap incident at Daytona International Speedway.

What are your thoughts heading back to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this season?
"This hasn't been normal for us, but the superspeedways have been our Achilles heel throughout the first part of the season. Hopefully we've gotten that bad luck out of the way, because I always look forward to the superspeedway races. There was a lot of talk about spoiler sizes back in the beginning of the season, but I haven't heard of any definite changes yet. It's going to be an interesting race. Obviously, it will be a lot hotter than it was in February, so that will make for some different racing conditions this time around. I'm looking forward to getting back to Daytona International Speedway. I always like our chances every time we go to a superspeedway. I just hope we have a little better luck this time around."

What is the biggest change you experience at Daytona International Speedway between the race in February and the event in July? "The track becomes a little bit slicker, especially with the increased temperatures. Plus, the asphalt ages just a bit from all of the other racing that takes place at this particular track. Usually it's about 95 degrees with 90 percent humidity in July, so a slick track condition is the biggest change we deal with when racing at Daytona International Speedway in July, compared to February."

                                        Jeff Burton
                        No. 31 Kwikset Chevrolet SS

This Weekend's Kwikset Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ...
Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 337 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built specifically for superspeedway racing, was driven by Burton earlier this season at Talladega Superspeedway.

Burton at "The World Center of Racing ... Burton's has 39 starts at Daytona International Speedway with one win (July 2000), nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Burton also scored the pole position for the 2006 Daytona 500 and has led 145 laps at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, he has a trophy from the 2011 Duel 150 qualifying race on his mantle.

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#TweetToWin ...
Racing fans can enter the Kwikset "I Heart the Mayor" sweepstakes by visiting Until Burton races in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, fans can tweet about the Richard Childress Racing driver through with the hashtag #TweetToWin. The more fans tweet from the site, the more sweepstakes entries they receive. During this weekend's race, the sweepstakes launches and visitors can participate in a live Twitter race between Burton and five race day competitors. By continuing to tweet for Burton throughout race day, fans can unlock additional prizes and sweepstakes entries while one lucky participant will win a VIP experience from Richard Childress Racing.

Kwikset Brand Ambassador: Matt Weaver ... Throughout the Coke Zero 400 race weekend, Matt Weaver of will serve as a brand ambassador for Kwikset by joining the No. 31 crew for behind-the-scenes coverage. Weaver will be sharing insights on his social media channels as well as

Kwikset Fan Zone ... Kwikset will be visible in the Daytona International Speedway Fan Zone on Friday and Saturday with their mobile showroom offering expertise in smart, simple security. Visitors will have unique opportunities to be a part of the sweepstakes by having their photo taken at the display.

Calling all Burton Fans ... Burton is scheduled to make two public appearances this weekend. He will be signing autographs on Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time at the Wal-Mart on 1101 Beville Road in Daytona Beach, Fla. Burton also plans to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Kwikset stage in the Daytona International Speedway display area on Saturday, July 6 at 3:55 p.m ET.

Race Rewind 2012 ... Burton made three amazing saves, avoided multiple accidents and led the No. 31 Chevrolet team to a second-place finish in the 2012 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
What is the difference between day and night at Daytona International Speedway?
"It is always a struggle at Daytona (International Speedway) because it is hot in the day when you qualify and practice, but at night it is normally pretty nice. I don't think of the Coke Zero 400 as being a hot race because it cools off so much when the sun goes down. There is a huge difference between day and night at Daytona, especially with the handling of the cars. Since the repave, that hasn't quite been a major issue. However, the track has been starting to lose some grip recently and I think this will be the first race where handling becomes an issue during the race."

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