Richard Childress Racing
Truck Series Preview for Kentucky Speedway
June 25, 2013
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes
Race: UNOH 225
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Location: Kentucky Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Kentucky Speedway ... Richard Childress Racing has 11 previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Kentucky Speedway collecting three pole awards, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization holds a 6.8 average starting position, coupled with a 9.9 average finishing position and has completed 98.3 percent (1,579 of 1,606) of the laps contested.
RCR's Camping World Truck Series History ... In 288 Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 27 wins, 37 pole awards, 109 top-five finishes and 178 top-10 finishes. 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 9.5 and an average finishing position of 10.2.
Points Racin' ... With seven Camping World Truck Series races completed in 2013, Brendan Gaughan is third in the driver championship point standings, trailing the leader by 35 markers, while Ty Dillon is seventh in the standings, 53 points outside the top spot. The No. 62 team is third in the owner championship point standings and the No. 3 team is eighth.
Social Media ...To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and 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 UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Thursday, June 27 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 019 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Thursday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Dillon drove this RCR-prepared Chevrolet to three top-10 finishes last season, and earned a 12th-place result at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Bluegrass State Details ... This week's 150-lap event marks Dillon's fourth appearance at the Sparta, Ky.-based facility. In the last two starts at the 1.5-mile track, Dillon garnered third-place finishes. He holds a 7.3 average starting position coupled with an eighth-place average finishing position. The 21-year-old made his first career Camping World Truck Series start at Kentucky Speedway in 2011.
Sponsor Spotlight ... In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the eighth Camping World Truck Series race of the season, the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) is an associate sponsor on Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet. UNOH offers a unique curriculum to young people interested in professional motorsports competition as a career with associate degrees and diploma programs in High Performance Motorsports.
UNOH Alum ... One of UNOH's own is living out his motorsports dream with the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops crew. Adam "Mesty" Mestemacher is the tire specialist on Dillon's Camping World Truck Series team and a recent graduate of the High Performance Motorsports program at UNOH. Mestemacher began traveling with Dillon and the No. 41 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team in 2011 as a team intern. He earned a fulltime position with RCR the following season when Dillon moved up to the Truck Series and has worked as a valuable member of the crew since.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs in the Bass Pro Shops located at 300 Cincinnati Mills Driver in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, June 26 beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. The RCR driver will also sign autographs at the UNOH display in the track's midway area outside of turn one on Thursday, June 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.
TY DILLON QUOTE
You've finished third in the last two appearances at Kentucky Speedway. Does that give you confidence going into this week's event? "Yes, of course. Those two third-place finishes at Kentucky (Speedway) give both me and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team confidence for this week's race. We know what's fast there, and I know how to get around the track pretty well. We just have to put everything together and work hard to bring home a win."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado at Kentucky Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 020 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Thursday night's event at Kentucky Speedway. Gaughan most recently drove this Chevrolet to a second-place finish at Dover International Speedway.
Bluegrass State Stats ... Since 2002, Gaughan has made eight starts at the 1.5-mile facility. In those eight starts, the Las Vegas native has collected two top-five and two top-10 finishes, has completed 90.9 percent (1,094 of 1,203) laps contests and is credited with 72 laps led.
Season to Date ... Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team head into the race week at Kentucky Speedway riding a wave of momentum and top-five finishes, collecting their fifth consecutive at Texas Motor Speedway at the beginning of the month. Following the season opener in Daytona, the veteran driver ranked 28th in the driver championship point standings, but has worked his way up to third in just six events and is now only 35 markers behind the leader.
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, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111.
Not Just for Horses ... Annually, the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center hosts more than 40 men's and women's college basketball games.
In the Rearview Mirror:.. Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team collected their fifth-consecutive top-five result, with a fourth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, after leading laps and running near the front of the field for a majority of the 167-lap event.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Kentucky Speedway? "Kentucky Speedway is one of my favorite tracks to race at. In the eyes of the fans, it's one of the last "cookie cutter" style tracks out there, which has made it a unique 1.5-mile track. The racing surface is flat and bumpy, and I'm really looking forward to running there. Our team has a pretty good streak of top-five finishes going right now, and our first win is just around the corner, so we're all looking forward to getting back to the track this weekend."