Richard Childress Racing
RCR Nationwide Series Preview for Texas Motor Speedway
April 9, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
Date: April 12, 2013
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Texas Motor Speedway ... RCR has earned five wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series, with Kevin Harvick earning all five wins for the organization (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012). The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has two pole awards (Jeff Green in 2002 and Paul Menard in 2012), 14 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes in 42 starts.
RCR in the NNS ... In 882 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 300 top-five finishes, 498 top-10 finishes and 42 pole awards with an average starting position of 12.1 and an average finishing position of 12.4 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver points 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 Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the five races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The organization has led 55 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Brian Scott is ranked third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by 31 points, while Dillon ranks fifth, just 38 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 2 Chevrolet team ranks fourth, while the No. 3 team ranks sixth and the No. 33 team ranks eighth.
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/OfficalKevinHarvick
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 12 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Husky Liners Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Husky Liners Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 126 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Friday evening's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. This is a brand new chassis for the No. 2 RCR team.
History in the Lone Star State ... The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has six previous Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. He has two top-10 starts and one top-10 finish to his credit, along with two-laps led. Additionally, Scott has five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts that resulted in two top-10 finishes.
Longest Top-10 Streak in NASCAR ... Heading into this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Scott has the longest top-10 finishing streak (seven) of any driver in NASCAR's top three touring series. The RCR driver has not finished outside the top-10 since Phoenix International Raceway last fall.
Point Out the Points ... Coming off his fourth consecutive top-10 finish of 2013, Scott sits third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings. This marks his strongest start of a Nationwide Series season since his debut in 2009.
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She Said Yes ... During the Nationwide Series break, Scott proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Whitney, while the couple vacationed in Cabo.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
Share your thoughts on returning to the race track after a two-week break.
"It's been a good few weeks off, but we're ready to get back racing at Texas (Motor Speedway). This break gave us the opportunity to look at where we are and what we want to do. We've started the season really well with strong consistent top-10 finishes, as the races tick away we need to turn those top-10s into top-five finishes and wins. We're still learning each other as a team and our chemistry will continue to get better and better."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 119 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet Camaro that has been tested by the Richard Childress Racing team, but will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend.
Dillon in the Lone Star State ... Dillon has a pair of top-10 finishes to his credit in Nationwide Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway (he finished sixth after starting fourth in November 2012 and finished fifth after starting fourth in April 2012). In four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at TMS, Dillon has earned two top-five finishes, one pole award and has led 76 laps, acquiring a third-place average starting position and a 14th-place average finish position.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks fifth in the 2013 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing current point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by 38 points.
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 Texas 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 Texas 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. 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.
Make a Difference ... With the help of Drive4COPD, Dillon and his younger brother Ty are taking part in NASCAR's Race to Green campaign, a fully-integrated and massive national tree planting initiative designed to engage the NASCAR industry and excite fans. The month-long initiative focuses heavily on sustainability programs that NASCAR, the industry and a wide range of partners have in place to help reduce the sport's carbon footprint. COPD is helping to reduce the sport's footprint by donating five trees for each lap the Dillon brothers lead during the month of April.
Hometown Proud ... Although he currently lives in North Carolina, jackman Sam Abney is a native of Austin, Texas and later moved just outside of Fort Worth, Texas, where he played baseball at Azle High School.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in a Question and Answer session at the Chevrolet Stage at Texas Motor Speedway from 2:45 - 3 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, April 13.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What do you think about Texas Motor Speedway?
"I feel really good about Texas Motor Speedway. That's a place where we can go out and have a shot to win. Texas Motor Speedway is very fast, but I like the grip levels there. You feel pretty good at that track unless your car is handling bad. A bad car there can make for a long day. I think Danny Stockman and the crew will have us fixed up and ready to go and we will hopefully be comfortable driving around there and contend for the win."
No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 120 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the 300-mile event at Texas Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet for the No. 33 team and will make its first competitive laps this weekend at the 1.5-mile track.
The Champ is Back ... Harvick will make his 15th Nationwide Series start at Texas Motor Speedway when the green flag waves Friday night. Since 2000, the two-time Nationwide Series champion has collected five wins (March 2001, November 2005, November 2006, November 2007 and November 2012), one pole award (April 2008), six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Harvick has completed 99 percent (2,700 of 2,727) of the laps contested, with 654 laps led.
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Are You the Ultimate RCR Fan? ... Now through June 30, 2013, Hunt Brothers Pizza is offering race fans the chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip for two to Charlotte, N.C., for a VIP experience during the October race weekend. The prize package includes race tickets, a behind-the-scenes tour of Richard Childress Racing and Childress Vineyards, spending money and more. Fans can enter to win by visiting the RCR Fan Experience Sweepstakes page on www.huntbrotherspizza.com or by completing a mail-in entry. For official rules, visit www.huntbrotherspizza.com.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro Friday night, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday evening. This race is scheduled to air live FOX at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
2012 Race Rewind ... Paul Menard started the 2012 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway from the pole position, led 100 laps and brought home a second-place finish after a three-wide battle for the lead broke out during the green-white-checkered finish.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
You won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway last November. Talk about your success there.
"We just had a good handling race car, and we were able to get the track position and take control of the race. Our car was really good on the long run, so if we could hold off the cars behind us for eight or 10 laps, we knew we were going to be good because the car was so strong as the run went on. Hopefully we can do that again this race. Texas (Motor Speedway) has been a great race track for us in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, so I'm hoping we can continue on that success this race."