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March 16, 2014

Bristol Motor Speedway Nationwide Series Report

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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes
Bristol Motor Speedway     
Saturday, March 15, 2014
 
Race Highlights:

  • Brian Scott was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing entry. His other RCR teammates, Ty Dillon qualified ninth, with Cale Conley and Brendan Gaughan starting 12th and 20th respectively.
  • Ty Dillon earned a sixth-place finish, Brendan Gaughan was seventh, Cale Conley 11th and Brian Scott 14th.
  • Ty Dillon currently leads the Richard Childress Racing drivers in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in third. Brendan Gaughan sits sixth and Brian Scott seventh.
  • Next up for the Nationwide Series is the Treatmyclot.com 300 from Auto Club Speedway. Catch all the action live on March 22 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN.

 

Brian Scott Finishes 14th at Bristol Motor Speedway

Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified fourth for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott reported early on in the 300-lap event that he was battling tight conditions. The team made chassis adjustments to the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Camaro throughout the race in order to fight and maintain a lead-lap position.  With track position a critical component at the World's Fastest Half-Mile,  through side-by-side racing and lapped vehicles the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro continued to fight for its territory. Scott and the Phil Gould-led team finished 14th and currently sit seventh in the driver point standings heading into Auto Club Speedway next Saturday.

Start - 4th         Finish - 14th       Laps Led - 0        Pts - 7th

BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
"We just fought a tight Camaro all day long. It's Bristol, and track position is everything. We got caught back in traffic and fought to stay on, and then tried to get back on, the lead lap. We'll head to California and race even harder next weekend."

Ty Dillon Finishes Sixth in Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro to a sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, after qualifying ninth. Dillon was the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to cross the checkered flag, after picking up two spots on the race's final restart on lap 291. Dillon and the No. 3 team managed to stay in the top-10 for the entire race, despite battling a Camaro that needed several adjustments throughout the day. The team made pit stops on laps 97, 217, and 229 for four tires, fuel and track bar adjustments to keep the No. 3 Chevrolet competitive with changing track conditions. During the final pit stop on lap 265, crew chief Danny Stockman called for left-side tires only, allowing the No. 3 team to gain two spots on pit road. As a result, Dillon moved up one spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver points standings to where he currently sits in third.

Start - 9th           Finish - 6th        Laps Led - 0       Pts - 3rd

TY DILLON QUOTE:
"We battled all weekend with this Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet and came up with a great finish today. On that last restart, I knew we had the speed to gain a few positions and by running a different line we ended up having a great finish. I couldn't be more proud of Danny, our guys, and the team. We made the right calls on pit road and went up against some really good race cars."

Cale Conley Impresses in Nationwide Series Debut at Bristol Motor Speedway

Cale Conley turned in an impressive performance in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for Richard Childress Racing with an 11th-place finish in Saturday afternoon's running of the Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Conley took the green flag from the 12th position and showed consistency and patience en route to a solid 11th-place finish. The Vienna, W. Va.-native fought a loose condition throughout the early stages of the 300-lap race. Conley fell a lap down, but continued to battle inside the top-15. The caution flag was displayed on lap 94; giving Conley the chance to bring his No. 33 OKUMA America Chevrolet to the attention of his crew for four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The yellow flag flew with 40 laps remaining to give the 21-year old rookie the chance to race back onto the lead lap. Conley battled hard as the laps wound down to earn an 11th-place finish in his first Nationwide Series event of his career.

Start - 12th          Finish - 11th        Laps Led - 0       Points - N/A

CALE CONLEY QUOTE:
"What a race. I can't thank everyone at RCR and OKUMA America enough for today. Nick (Harrison - crew chief) and the No. 33 guys put together a great Chevrolet Camaro, so that made things easier. I've now experienced my first Bristol race. It's hot, sweaty, there were a lot of nerves, but it was a blast. I didn't really know what to expect so I'm happy with how everything went today."

Brendan Gaughan Battles His Way to a Seventh-Place Finish at Thunder Valley

Brendan Gaughan drove the No. 62 El Cortez Hotel & Casino / South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro to a seventh-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Starting from the 20th position in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes, it did not take the No. 62 Chevrolet long to find the right groove and start making his way through the field. When the first caution fell on lap five, Gaughan had made his way to the 16th position. After the restart on lap nine, the Las Vegas-native kept the momentum going and, by lap 57, found his way inside the top-10. The second caution fell on lap 96 and Gaughan reported to the team he did not want to make any changes during their pit stop. The Richard Childress Racing team elected to stay out during the caution on lap 261 and restarted sixth, where he finished the race. The result moved the No. 62 El Cortez Hotel & Casino / South Point Hotel & Casino driver to sixth in the championship point standings.

Start - 20th           Finish - 7th       Laps Led - 0         Points - 6th   

BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"Great job from Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and the No. 62 boys today for giving me such a good race car at Bristol Motor Speedway. We were tight early, but we were able to make up a lot of ground on the long runs. This just proves that when you are at Richard Childress Racing, you get top of the line equipment. We went from 20th to seventh with barely a scratch on the car, we consider that a great day at Bristol."
 

 

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