Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Charlotte
October 9, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Dollar General 300
Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... In 56 previous starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has visited Victory Lane on two occasions, most recently with Jeff Burton in 2007 and also with Jeff Green in 2002. The organization has started from the pole position six times and has 16 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes. RCR entries have completed 94.6 percent of laps attempted, with 483 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 960 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 50 pole awards, 323 top-five and 536 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finishing position of 12.3 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Kevin Harvick, and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C. team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Johhny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 29 races contested this season, RCR has earned two wins in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway and Harvick at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with 26 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned seven pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Kansas Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles, while Brian Scott earned a pole award for the organization at Richmond International Raceway. The organization has led 1,097 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr, while Scott is seventh, 82 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits third, while the No. 33 team is eighth and the No. 2 team is 10th.
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, @AustinDillon3 and @KevinHarvick and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3, and facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Dollar General 300 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Oct. 11 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Charter Media Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Charter Media Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... This week, the NASCAR Nationwide Series travels down the road to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the running of the Dollar General 300 and the final night race of 2013. Brian Scott and the No. 2 Charter Media team will bring chassis No.129 to the 1.5 mile, quad oval. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet was most recently utilized at Kentucky Speedway where Scott qualified fourth and earned an 11th-place finish. Earlier this summer, Scott piloted this chassis to a career best second-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scott's Charlotte History... In seven Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Scott has five starts inside the top-10, and earned a best finish of fifth in the October 2011 event. He has earned three top-10 finishes in series competition at the track, completing 92.4 percent of his laps contested. He also has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit.
Charter Media ... Charter Media will adorn the hood of Scott's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for Friday evening's 300-mile race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charter Communications, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, and is privileged to provide advanced video, high-speed Internet, and telephone services to approximately 5.5 million residential and business customers in 27 states.
Points, Points, Points ... Scott currently is seventh in Nationwide Series championship point standings, 82 markers behind leader and teammate Austin Dillon.
Mile and Half Stats in 2013 ... During Scott's first season with RCR his on-track performance has improved according to his mile-and-a-half stats. The Charter Media competitor holds an average starting position of 11th and average finishing position of 12.3, while in 2012 his average starting position was 11.2 and average finish 17.2. Additionally, Scott's lap completion rate from 2012 to 2013 has improved from 85 percent to 99.9 percent.
Meet Scott and Enjoy the Tastes of Victory ... After driving 300 miles Friday evening, fans can meet Scott along with his RCR teammates Austin and Ty Dillon at Bass Pro Shops in Concord N.C on Saturday. The RCR trio are scheduled to sign autographs as part of the Armour and Hungry Man's Tastes of Victory promotion at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. As part of a season long sweepstakes Armour and Hungry Man will give away a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro to one of five pre-selected finalists during the event.
Hometown Crews ... The Charlotte Motor Speedway race weekend allows Nationwide Series crews the ability to spend more time at home. Many members of the No. 2 team were raised in the Charlotte area. Car Chief Ben Bowden hails from Julian, N.C., Shock Specialist Dustin Stanley is from Lewisville, N.C., Mechanic Mike Scearce grew up in Reedy Creek, N.C., Engine Specialist Timmy Petty was raised in Level Cross, N.C., Front Tire Changer Matt Humphries hails from Conover, N.C., and Front Tire Carrier Thad Wymer is a native of Thomasville, N.C.
Double Duty Driver ... Along with tending to his regular Nationwide Series duties, Scott will get behind the wheel of the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS in his first-career Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday evening in the Charlotte 500. This race is schedule to air live on ABC at 7:30 p.m. ET, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Race Rewind ... Scott qualified seventh in last year's edition of the Dollar General 300 and ultimately brought home an eighth-place finish after leading one lap in the October evening 300 mile event.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
The Nationwide Series second visit to Charlotte (Motor Speedway) of the season, but this time you'll be racing under the lights. How do you feel going in to this weekend? "Our finish in May is not indicative of what we had. We were really good, drove up to second or third during the first run, but got some trash on our grill which caused the temps to rise. We couldn't get it cooled down enough to get back up front and battled that all day. We're bringing the same Camaro we had at Indianapolis (Motor Speedway) and Kentucky (Speedway) where we ran up front, so as long as we don't get a hotdog wrapper on our grill we'll be just fine."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 136 in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon has driven this Chevrolet Camaro on one previous occasion, finishing second at Kentucky Speedway in September.
Dillon at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... In three previous Nationwide Series appearances at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dillon has never finished outside the top-15 at the 1.5-mile track, earning his best finish of sixth in October 2012. He earned the pole award at the track in May 2013. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of seventh in the May 2011 event. Dillon tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week in preparation for this week's race.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series championship contenders in Average Starting Position (4.9), leads the series in Laps in the Top 15 (91.7 percent), has led the second-most laps (552), ranks second in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.51 percent), ranks third in Average Running Position (8.642), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (102.7), is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.034), and ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (344).
Get to the Points ... Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr. with four races remaining this season.
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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 $29,000 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.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time at the turn four end of pit road. The session is open to Charlotte Motor Speedway season ticket holders. Dillon is also scheduled to sign autographs at the Bass Pro Shops in Concord, N.C., at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday as part of the Armour Taste of Victory tour. During the event, Armour will give away a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro to one of five pre-selected finalists as part of a season long sweepstakes.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What do you think about Charlotte Motor Speedway? "I'm excited about the last four tracks we've got on the schedule. I've always had a really good record on mile-and-a-half tracks, but Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a bit difficult for me in the past. We tested there last week, and I think that was good for me, and our RCR team."
No. 33 Fast Fixin' Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Fast Fixin' Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Dollar General 300 on Friday night. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet was most recently driven to a third-place result by Matt Crafton at Kentucky Speedway in September.
CMS Nationwide Stats ... Since 2001, Harvick has made 23 Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile facility, collecting three pole awards (May 2001, May 2003 and October 2003), five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The two-time Nationwide Series champion holds a 12th-place average starting position coupled with an 11.3 average finishing position. He has completed 99.5 percent (4,553 of 4,578) of the laps contested and is credited with 274 laps led.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Fast Fixin' Camaro on Friday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night. This race is scheduled to air live on ABC at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Race Rewind ... After starting from the fifth position, Harvick drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet to a runner-up finish in the 2012 edition of this event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series? "It's always fun to get back into the Nationwide car with the No. 33 guys, especially at Charlotte (Motor Speedway). I seem to run well there, and our intermediate-track program has been pretty good this season. I'm hoping things will go our way and we can put the Fast Fixin' Chevrolet in Victory Lane."