Nationwide Series: Iowa Speedway Preview
July 29, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland
Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
Richard Childress Racing at Iowa ... With 19 starts at the 7/8-mile oval, Richard Childress Racing returns with Nationwide Series drivers Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan after all three finished in the top-12 in May. RCR has led 438 laps, visited victory lane once with Elliott Sadler in 2012 and earned five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon started from the pole in the June 2013 race and drove to a second-place finish.
Kissing the Bricks ... After qualifying third for the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team's strong performance throughout the day earned Ty Dillon his first NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Checkered Flag.
#Dash4Cash ... Ty Dillon recorded his first career Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earning him the Nationwide Series Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus. Heading into the fourth and final round of the program, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott are eligible for $100,000 bonus at Iowa Speedway.
Recap of Brickyard... Ty Dillon, Paul Menard, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan posted first, sixth, seventh and 19th-place finishes, respectively, in the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon is currently fourth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, only 15 points from the leader, Brian Scott is fifth, and Brendan Gaughan is eighth as the Series heads to Iowa Speedway.
Social Media ... To stay on track with the latest news, information and to view exclusive, behind the scenes content visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver Twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Iowa Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, August 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team are heading into Iowa Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland with chassis No. 101. Most recently raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Scott qualified fifth and finished seventh. This Richard Childress Racing prepared chassis has an average starting position of sixth and an average finishing position of seventh. The chassis recorded three pole awards, two at Richmond International Speedway and one at Iowa Speedway. Chassis No. 101 also has two victories to its credit, Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012.
Scott at Iowa ... Scott will be making his ninth Nationwide Series start at the 7/8-mile asphalt tri-oval where he has eight previous starts earning two top-10 finishes with an average start of 7.4 and an average finish of 15.6. Scott has qualified inside the top-10 in seven of his eight starts with 1894 of 2000 (94.7 percent) laps completed.
#Dash4Cash ... In the third round of the Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash program, Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR team qualified for the fourth and final round of the $100,000 bonus prize. Scott has qualified for three out of the four rounds during the 2014 program and won the $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland.
Chart Topper ... Brian Scott continues to lead the Nationwide Series regulars with a 7.1 average starting position, and the most laps spent inside the top-15 (3,098, 94.3 percent). Currently fifth in the driver point standings only 42 points out of the lead, the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team has collected three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes this season. Additionally, Scott has earned two pole positions, doing so at Richmond International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.
Classic & Wooden Boat Show on Payette Lake ... This weekend the docks of Shore Lodge will host the 2014 Classic & Wooden Boat Show. On the beautiful Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, the show includes a boat parade, cruises, and Ships store finishing with an awards banquet.
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Iowa Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, trailing the leader by 42 markers.
Rearview Mirror ...Brian Scott and the No. 2 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro qualified for the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 10th position. Scott was loose off of Turn 1 and fought a tight-handling race car during long green-flag runs. On the final restart of the event, Scott was scored in the 11th position and gained four positions when he took the checkered flag in seventh.
Meet Brian Scott ... Scott is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session beginning at 2 p.m. CT under the Turn 4 grandstands at Iowa Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
What is it about Iowa that makes it so appealing to drivers in the Nationwide Series?
"Iowa Speedway is a great track for racing and the fans of the Midwest are very much into their NASCAR. It's nice to put on a good show for them because they really support us being there each time. On the track, the two grooves of racing mean we can pass more cars and we'll have some good side-by-side racing, too. With the Cup teams in Pocono, this gives a Nationwide regular the chance to make something happen and go for the win. This is the part of the season where you want to rack up the wins and earn those championship points. I'm looking forward to this weekend's race."
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... This weekend, Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 134 in the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis was raced earlier this season at Richmond International Raceway by teammate Brendan Gaughan. Dillon debuted this Chevrolet Camaro last season in Richmond sporting the No. 33.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway ... The 22-year-old driver made his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway earlier this season where he finished eighth. After qualifying 13th, Dillon ran in and around the top-10 for most of the afternoon and recorded the team's seventh top-10 in 10 races. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Dillon has recorded two top-five finishes in four races.
Kissing the Bricks ... Dillon recorded his first career Nationwide Series victory last weekend at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After qualifying third and racing inside the top-five for most of the afternoon, Dillon got a jump on the race's final restart on lap 77 to take the lead. For the final 24 laps, the No. 3 team held its breath watching Dillon circle the 2.5-mile superspeedway, hoping his car had enough fuel to make it to the end. Dillon crossed the finish line first, recording the No. 3 team's first victory since September 2012, crew chief Danny Stockman's third career NNS victory, and Dillon's fourth victory in NASCAR's top three series.
#Dash4Cash ... In addition to his win at the famed 105-year-old superspeedway, Dillon won Nationwide Insurance's Dash4Cash bonus of $100,000. He also qualified for this weekend's bonus at Iowa Speedway with fellow teammate Brian Scott.
Bass Pro Shops & RCR in 2014 ... Bass Pro Shops will be on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro for the seventh time this season as a primary sponsor. America's No. 1 Outdoor Retailer has been a long time partner of RCR including last season with Dillon in the Camping World Truck Series.
Points update ... With last weekend's win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dillon remains fourth in the driver point standings and cut the deficit in half. He currently trails the leader by 15 points. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Dillon is in second place.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session on Saturday under the Turn 4 grandstands beginning at 2 p.m. CT.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
What is the atmosphere like at the shop now that you've won and recorded two consecutive top-fives?
"We're really turning a corner here. Ever since Kentucky back in June, we've found some speed and have been able to be a top-five car. We're building great race cars, bringing a ton of power from our ECR Engines, and Danny (Stockman, crew chief) has our team really dialed in right now."
What did you learn at Iowa Speedway earlier this season?
"Iowa has always been one of my favorite race tracks. I learned a few driving styles and grooves that you can run on the track. I really think it fits my driving style because it's fast, but a shorter track. It's important that we qualify well and stay smart. We've got all the momentum in the world right now."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Iowa ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 130 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet has seen track action at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Iowa Speedway in May. Gaughan finished 12th in both events this season.
Gaughan's Stats in Iowa ...The Las Vegas-native returns to the 7/8-mile oval to make his sixth Nationwide Series start in Saturday night's race. Gaughan qualified 10th and finished 12th at Iowa Speedway in May, and averages a 15th-place start and 18.4-place finish.
Las Vegas Restaurant Week Benefiting Three Square at the South Point ... South Point will be participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week from August 22 through August 28. Restaurant week has teamed up with Three Square, all proceeds from Restaurant Week remain local and help Three Square in its fight to end hunger in Southern Nevada. Three Square feeds more than 100,000 men, women, children and seniors each month, however, the need is estimated at three times the current reach. Over 2.5 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week. For additional information on how Three Square is providing wholesome food to hungry people, please visit www.threesquare.org.
In the Rearview Mirror: Indianapolis ... Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team qualified 17th for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team had a mechanical issue threat early in the race and battled to overcome the issue, ultimately finishing in 19th place.
To the Points ...Gaughan is currently eighth in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to Iowa Speedway.
Meet Brendan Gaughan ... Gaughan is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session beginning at 2 p.m. CT under the Turn 4 grandstands at Iowa Speedway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on returning to Iowa Speedway?
"The RCR team and I are excited to return to Iowa Speedway. We had a great car in May and I unfortunately received that pit road penalty during the race and put a damper on our day. I have been good at Iowa in the past and hope to rebound from our finish at Indy. The amount of fans that show up at Iowa Speedway is always amazing. Diehard race fans ready to have a good time and I hope we can go out and put on a great show for them."