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February 25, 2014

Sprint Cup Preview: Phoenix International Raceway

This week the Sprint Cup Series heads to The Valley of the Sun, read what our guys have going on.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes

Event - The Profit on CNBC presented by Small Business Fueling America,
Date -    Sunday, March 2, 2014
Venue - Phoenix International Raceway

 
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Phoenix International Raceway ... Team owner Richard Childress has five victories at Phoenix International Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes RCR's most recent points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win with driver Kevin Harvick last November; Harvick's November 2012 win and Harvick's sweep of both races at PIR in 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 89 races at PIR, the Welcome, N.C.-based organization boasts 17 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes.
 
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,384 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 44 pole awards, 105 wins, 449 top-five finishes and 947 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
 
Save Kids' Lives by Joining the Childress Champions ... Help support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma by selecting your favorite driver when making a bronze level donation of $33 (Austin Dillon), $27 (Paul Menard) or $31 (Ryan Newman) to CIPT. To make a tax deductable donation, visit: https://www.wakehealth.edu/OnlineGift.htm?fid=45. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit www.InjuredKids.org.
 
Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Sprint Cup Series team Twitter pages - @RCR3ADillon, @RCR27PMenard, @RCR31RNewman, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @RyanJNewman and @BScottRacing. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages - www.facebook.com/austindillon3 , www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.
 
Catch the Action ... The Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America will be televised live Sunday, March 2 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Austin Dillon
No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet SS

 

This Week's American Ethanol Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 430 in the Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the same Chevrolet SS the Gil Martin-led team utilized at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2013, racing to Victory Lane.
 
Dillon at Phoenix International Raceway ... Although this weekend marks Dillon's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway, the Welcome, N.C., driver has made five Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile track, earning a fifth-place finish in November 2013, a sixth-place finish in March 2013, a sixth-place finish in November 2012, a fourth-place finish in March 2012 and a 34th-place finish in April 2009. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track, he has a pair of top-10 finishes and has made one start in the K&N Pro Series West at PIR, finishing 15th in 2009.
 
Think Green ... RCR's No. 3 Chevrolet team will sport the black and green colors of American Ethanol this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America's farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country.  Launched by Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association, along with the support of other partners, American Ethanol is a breakthrough brand that seeks to expand consumer awareness of the benefits of ethanol and E15, and takes the NASCAR Green initiative to the next level. Since the program launch for the 2011 season, NASCAR® drivers have run more than 5 million miles on renewable Sunoco Green E15.
 
Get to the Points ...
Dillon started off his Sprint Cup Series season with a ninth-place finish in the Daytona 500 and therefore ranks ninth in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race event at Phoenix International Raceway.
 
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy Display in the fan midway area at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. Local Time.
 
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?

"Phoenix International Raceway is a track I've been looking forward to for several weeks. I'm a rookie and I have a lot to learn - I know I'll have a lot to learn all season. I feel like I showed my rookie stripes quite a bit during the Daytona 500, but Phoenix is a track where I've made a ton of laps as a driver, so I've been looking forward to entering that race in the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet. I've raced there in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series so I feel like I have a good feel for the track. It's a handling track where it's very important to work on your car and make sure it's right for the race. Getting off of each corner is important, and so is corner entry. I feel like I am working well with Gil Martin and the entire No. 3 team and we have a great chance to show everyone what our Richard Childress Racing organization is capable of doing."

Paul Menard
No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS

This Week's Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 448 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is new to the RCR stable and will be utilized by the team for the very first time this weekend.
 
PIR Stats ... Menard has 14 starts at the one-mile oval in the Sprint Cup Series. His best start of seventh came in the spring of 2009 and fall of 2012, and his best finish of ninth came in both fall races of 2011 and 2012. He has an average starting position of 18.1 and finishing average of 21.9 in those starts. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,423 of 4,446 laps attempted (99.5%) at the Avondale, Ariz., track.
 
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Daytona 500 Look Back ... After starting 10th in the 56th running of the Daytona 500, Menard ran most of the race in the top-10 and top-five leading three times for 29 laps. However, after getting collected in a multi-car crash on lap 145 that forced him to the garage for repairs, he managed a return to action for a 32nd-place finish.
 
Race Rewind ... In his last appearance at PIR, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet SS from 16th place and took the checkered flag in the 20th position.
 
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

"I always look forward to going to Phoenix International Raceway because the size and layout of the track make for some fun racing. After coming from a place like Daytona International Speedway last weekend where the aero package is everything, its different racing at PIR because it doesn't mean as much. I'm looking forward to a good race because the new surface has aged a little bit more than our last visit. We've ran well at Phoenix in the past and I'm looking for the entire No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards team to have a great run. Speaking of the track, I would like to congratulate the entire facility on their 50th anniversary of operation."

Ryan Newman
No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS

This Week's Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Phoenix International Raceway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 441 in Sunday's 312-lap event at Phoenix International Speedway (PIR). It is brand new and will take to the track on Friday during the NSCS practice session scheduled to begin at Noon MT.

Newman at Phoenix International Raceway ... In 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, the South Bend, Ind., native owns one victory at PIR (April 10, 2010) when he edged out Jeff Gordon by 0.13 seconds for the win. It's the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix. Of the 19 different pole winners at the track, Newman leads with a total of four, including three straight (2002-04). His average start is 13th while his eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes contributed to his average finish of 18.7. His Average Running Position of 15.3 is 10th best. Newman's Driver Rating is 85.9 ranking him 12th best. He's led 207 laps in competition and boasts running 3,723 laps in the top 15 (65.4%).

Point of Interest ... Newman ranks 21st in the NSCS point standings entering this weekend's second race on the Cup schedule. The RCR driver's 22nd-place showing in Sunday night's Daytona 500 was because of a late-race crash with just four laps remaining.

Engineered to Amaze ... RCR's No. 31 Chevrolet will sport the colors of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. It is the nation's fourth largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power for four consecutive years in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the last 11 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine's "100 Best Places to Work In Technology" for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 8,500 of its 10,000-plus team members work in the city's urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit www.quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoan.

Media Availability ...
Newman will be accessible to media in attendance at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday at 11:00 a.m. MT outside the No. 31 hauler in the NSCS garage.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway?
"The key to running well there is handling in all four corners. Each one is unique and you really cannot favor one corner over another. Plus, you have to have a good qualifying effort there because of track position. It's a tough place to pass. So qualifying will really be of interest here even more so because of the new qualifying format that NASCAR is implementing for the Sprint Cup teams this weekend. I think the fans will like fitting it all in a certain time slot. It will be a lot more entertaining and more of a must-see event versus watching an hour to 90 minutes of one car on the track at a time. For us, as competitors, it is to know that we are going to get multiple opportunities to bust off a good lap. You still have to bust off your best lap at the right time to win the pole, but the strategy that goes into it is the game changer. From a crew chief standpoint, there is a lot more that goes on in qualifying. It's not just the driver versus the race track anymore. I have said this many times when people criticize me for being a good qualifier and not winning as many races is it's just the car and the driver and the race track. Now you are throwing in track conditions, other competitors, timing, strategy of air pressure and things like that. A place like Martinsville you can be quick on your third or fourth lap. So how many laps do you run? How hot do you let the engine get? The crew chief has a lot to do with qualifying in 2014 than ever before. It's going to be interesting to watch and it will be interesting to hear what the fans have to say." 
 

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