Richard Childress Racing
April 2, 2013
RCR Truck Preview for Martinsville Speedway
After a five-week break, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan are ready to race
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes
Race: Kroger 250
Date: April 6, 2013
Location: Martinsville Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's Camping World Truck Series History ... In 276 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 27 wins, 102 top-five finishes, 170 top-10 finishes and 37 pole awards RCR also earned the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner, and again with Austin Dillon in 2011. The organization has an average starting position of 9.6 and an average finishing position of 10.3.
RCR at Martinsville Speedway ... Richard Childress Racing has 17 previous Camping World Truck Series starts at the half-mile race track. In those 17 appearances, the Welcome, N.C.-based organization boasts three wins; Mike Skinner in 1996, Jay Sauter in 1998 and Kevin Harvick in March 2012. Accompanying those wins are two pole awards, eight top-five 10 top-10 finishes with a 99.3 percent (3,838 of 3,867) completion of the laps contested and 710 laps led. RCR holds a 12.6 average starting position coupled with a 9.5 average finishing position.
Points Racin' ... With one Camping World Truck Series race completed so far in 2013, Dillon is fourth in the driver championship point standings, trailing the leader by seven markers, while Brendan Gaughan is 28th in the standings, 32 points outside the top spot. The No. 3 team is fifth in the owner championship point standings and the No. 62 team is in the 29th position.
Social Media ...To keep up-to-date with the latest news and information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Twitter pages - @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Camping World Truck Series driver Twitter pages - @tydillon and @Brendan62.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Kroger 250 is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250. Dillon drove this Chevrolet on three different occasions in 2012, collecting a runner-up finish in the spring race at Martinsville Speedway.
Martinsville Nuggets ... This weekend's Kroger 250 marks Dillon's third Camping World Truck Series appearance at the half-mile facility. Dillon holds a fourth-place average starting position coupled with a 15th-place average finishing position. He has completed 98.7 percent (444 of 450) of the contested laps and earned one top-five finish.
Make a Difference ... With the help of Drive4COPD, Dillon and his older brother Austin are taking part in NASCAR's Race to Green campaign, a fully-integrated and massive national tree planting initiative designed to engage the NASCAR industry and excite fans. The month-long initiative focuses heavily on sustainability programs that NASCAR, the industry and a wide range of partners have in place to help reduce the sport's carbon footprint. COPD is helping to reduce the sport's footprint by donating five trees for each lap the Dillon brothers lead during the month of April.
Takin' a Break ... Since the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series has had five weeks off from racing. During that time, Dillon raced the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and earned an 11th-place finish. He has also run dirt races with Team Dillon Racing throughout the southeast. He also joined his brother, Austin and grandfather, Richard Childress on a hunting trip to Argentina.
Welcome Home ... Tracy Ramsey, the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops hauler driver, hails from Fredericksburg, Va., a town 217 miles from the Martinsville, Va., short track. Ramsey, an 11-year veteran of RCR, came to the No. 3 team from Jeff Burton's No. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team where he worked as the tire specialist.
Race Rewind: Daytona ... Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team started the 100-lap affair at Daytona International Speedway from the fifth position and quickly jumped into the lead by lap seven. The RCR team led for the next 56 laps around the superspeedway, before relinquishing the lead to pit for fuel. Working in the draft, Dillon was on his way back to the front when a late-race incident ended the event under caution, relegating the Bass Pro Shops team to a sixth-place finish.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
How does it feel to race in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, then take a month off from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series?
"Even though we've had a month off from racing in the Truck Series, I spent a lot of that down time dirt racing with Team Dillon Racing and testing the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. It helps keeping your driving skills sharp by turning some laps on dirt. I also had the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet. It definitely helps being able to race something and keeping your mindset on racing."
This weekend marks your third appearance at Martinsville Speedway, what are your thoughts heading into the event?
"We've had some fast trucks the last few times we've gone to Martinsville (Speedway). I'm looking forward to seeing what this weekend has to bring. We had a good run going last fall, but we got caught up in an incident and didn't get the finish the team deserved."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No.033 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in the Kroger 250. In seasons past, this Chevrolet was utilized by the No. 22 team and was most recently driven to a third-place finish during the October event at Martinsville Speedway.
Taking on the Paperclip ... This weekend, Gaughan will make his 13th-career Camping World Truck Series appearance at the half-mile facility. Throughout the years, the Las Vegas native has collected four top-10 finishes, has a 25.5 average starting position, 14.3 average finishing position, completed 99.9 percent (2,704 of 2,706) laps contested and has been credited with seven laps led. Gaughan's best start of fourth came in 2003, while he earned his best finish of sixth in 2006.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Opened in December of 2005, the South Point resort was the first megaresort located south of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. The facility consists of a 25 story hotel tower and 90,000 square feet convention center located on a 60 acre site along Las Vegas Boulevard in Enterprise, Nevada. South Point Hotel offers a total of 2,163 rooms and 160,000 sq. ft. meeting and convention space; the largest of any hotel in Las Vegas that is not on the Strip. For more information, visitwww.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111.
Enjoying Some Down Time ... The Camping World Truck Series took a five week break since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Gaughan used his off time wisely logging laps during multiple test sessions, spending time with family and was scheduled to participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway until rain canceled qualifying, resulting in the No. 21 team missing the event.
Race Rewind: Daytona International Speedway ... Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team were relegated to a 29th-place finish following a mid-race, multi-truck accident during the Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
Explain your love/hate relationship with Martinsville Speedway.
"We've always raced well there (Martinsville Speedway), but qualifying just kills us and I have to get better at it. I love Martinsville, the staff and the people in the community are great, but I have tried every way possible to get a good lap in at that track and haven't figured it out yet. I have decided that I am going to be one with Martinsville and make it part of my DNA this weekend. I am determined to get better at the track, and part of it is making up my mind that we are going to do well there."