Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for New Hampshire
July 9, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: CNBC Prime the Profit 200
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... In 25 previous Nationwide Series appearances at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win at the 1.058-mile track with Kevin Harvick in 2007 among nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
By the Numbers ... RCR has four Nationwide Series pole awards at the Loudon, N.H.-based track, all with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel, in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. RCR boasts an average starting position of 9.5 and an 11th-place average finishing position among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at the track. RCR drivers have completed 96.7 percent of the laps attempted at the track (4,839 of 5,002 laps), with 842 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 917 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 308 top-five, 512 top-10 finishes and 48 pole awards with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Harvick, and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 16 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 11 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles. The organization has led 502 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Austin Dillon is ranked fifth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 17 markers, while Brian Scott is ninth, 64 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks seventh, while the No. 33 team ranks 11th and the No. 2 team ranks 12th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3ADillon and @RCR33NNS, RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing and @AustinDillon3, and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/PaulMenard27.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the CNBC Prime the Profit 200 will be televised on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, July 13 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... This weekend Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team travel north from their Welcome, N.C. headquarters to the Granite State for Saturday afternoon racing on the one-mile flat track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 2 team will bring chassis No. 101. This workhorse from the Nationwide Series stable has been utilized by three different drivers during its tenure at RCR, including Scott, Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish at Dover International Raceway in June. Scott has driven this chassis three times, most recently at Iowa Speedway where he started third and earned a sixth-place finish. Additionally he finished 20th at Richmond International Raceway in April, after late race contact with another competitor, and 10th at Phoenix International Raceway in March. Sadler made six starts with this Chevrolet under the RCR banner in 2012, winning twice at Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
"Granite State" History ... The 25-year-old Shore Lodge Chevrolet driver has three Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile track, notching his best start of eighth and finish of 12th in the 2012 event. Additionally, Scott has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track, where he has a best starting spot of sixth, two top-10 finishes and three laps led.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Shore Lodge: Did You Know? ... Open for dinner daily and offering panoramic lake views from every table, The Narrows features a frequently changing menu of dishes comprised of locally sourced, regional ingredients. The Raw Bar Menu of oysters and fresh seafood specialties is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. To complement dinner, The Narrows offers an extensive collection of wines, dessert wines, ports and artisan cheeses. In 2012, Wine Spectator awarded The Narrows its prestigious "Award of Excellence."
Mid-Week Work ... Scott will handle spotting duties this week at Milwaukee Motor Mile for Kenny Wallace in the The Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 super late model race.
Show Me The Money ... This weekend's 200-mile race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway serves as part of Nationwide Insurance's Dash-4-Cash summer series. The top-four finishing Nationwide Series regulars will qualify to compete for a $100,000 bonus next Sunday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES
How important is track position at a short track such as New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "I feel like track position is important everywhere we go. With the new style of cars, aerodynamics and dirty air just play a bigger effect. With how competitive the (Nationwide) Series is this year, a lot of teams have a good handle on setups. There are just a lot of good cars out there and it's tough to pass. Track position is important at Loudon (New Hampsire Motor Speedway), because it's a short track and isn't multi-grooved."
Do you go back to your short-track days when you go back to New Hampshire? "All drivers enjoy going to the short tracks because it reminds them of growing up and cutting their teeth in racing. Bumping and banging, as a driver it's nice to know that if you race hard or give someone a shot in the door, it's not going to ruin your day. The little bit of aerodynamics you give up won't hurt your day and you could still win the race with a beat up car. I think it provides more excitement for the drivers and fans as well."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 125 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This Chevrolet Camaro was recently rebuilt by the Danny Stockman-led team after Dillon was involved in an on-track incident and finished 35th at Richmond International Raceway in April. He also posted a sixth-place finish in this Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
Dillon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... In two previous Nationwide Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dillon earned his best finish of third and best starting position of 12th in 2012, with one lap led. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion has three previous starts at the Loudon, N.H.-based facility in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of second in 2011 and best finish of fourth in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division starts at the track in 2008, Dillon had two top-five finishes and one pole award.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.2), ranks third in laps in the Top-15 (87.8 percent), has led the third-most laps (341), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (144), fourth in Average Running Position (9.691) maintains the fourth-best Driver Rating (99.4) and is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (9.063). He currently ranks fifth in the driver championship point standings, 17 markers behind leader Regan Smith.
Spark your Engines ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.
AdvoCare Supporting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma ... If Dillon wins this weekend's Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, AdvoCare will make a $5,000 donation to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The health and wellness company will pledge $2,000 to CIPT for a top-five finish and $1,000 for a top-10 finish. So far this season, the No. 3 team has raised $14,000 towards the cause. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. and AdvoCare's generous donations are aimed at helping to raise awareness for pediatric trauma, the No. 1 killer of children in America. You can help save the lives of injured children by making a contribution to the Childress Institute in two ways: donate $33 in honor of Dillon via his website, or text WIN to 80077 to make a $10 donation.
Show Me the Money ... As one of four Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Qualifying drivers, Dillon will sport a blue spoiler on his Chevrolet Camaro Saturday and will win a $100,000 bonus if he finishes ahead of fellow contenders Elliott Sadler, Kyle Larson and Sam Hornish Jr. this weekend. Fans have the opportunity to participate in the action by entering the Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/dash4cash.
Dirt Trackin' ... Dillon spent this past week on the road with his Team Dillon Racing Dirt Late Model Team participating in the Summer Nationals, including Haubstadt Speedway in Indiana on Sunday, Florence Speedway in Kentucky on Monday and Terre Haute Raceway in Indiana on Tuesday. To keep up-to-date with Dillon's dirt schedule, follow @TeamDillonRacing on Twitter.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES
Do you enjoy New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "I love New Hampshire Motor Speedway. I have a lot of laps there from running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division and running some NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races there. I've always been very successful, but I haven't been able to get to Victory Lane there yet. I feel like we've always been in the top five or top six. Hopefully we can break through there this year and get a win. We earned the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus there last year, so I think it's a good time to try to get to Victory Lane."
What are some of the challenges of trying to figure out New Hampshire Motor Speedway? It's so flat. "It's a place where you can gain some speed on entry, and it's a place where you can also be good on exit, so you try and mesh it all together in order to make the corner and it's difficult. Having a lot of laps at the track has helped me and I've always been pretty consistent there so hopefully we can take it to the next level."
No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 127 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was previously run this season at Richmond International Raceway where Kevin Harvick drove to a second-place finish.
Loudon Stats ... Menard has five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His best start of 11th came in 2004 and best finish of fourth came in 2006. The Wisconsin native has completed 851 of 1,001 laps attempted (85 percent) at the Loudon, N.H., track, leading one of them.
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.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 Libman/Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on TNT at Noon Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Race Rewind ... Starting 19th, Menard finished ninth in his last Nationwide Series appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2010.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
What are your thoughts on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) is a fun track. I've always run well there in the Nationwide Series and struggled a lot there in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Hopefully running at Loudon on Saturday will help us in Sunday's race. That's always the goal when we do these double duty weekends. We had a car capable of winning the Nationwide race in Michigan earlier this year, but just ran out of laps. I'm really looking forward to getting back in the No. 33 Rheem/ Menards Chevrolet knowing Ernie Cope (crew chief) and the guys will have another good car ready to go."