Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Preview for Daytona International Speedway
July 2, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Firecracker 250
Date: Friday, July 5, 2013
Location: Daytona International Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Daytona ... In 52 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Daytona International Speedway, RCR has five wins at the famed restrictor-plate track, including victories in July 2010 and Feb. 2002 with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., wins with Clint Bowyer in July 2009, Kevin Harvick in Feb. 2007 and most recently with Tony Stewart in February 2013. RCR has 25 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway, along with two poles (Bowyer in July 2009 and Harvick in July 2005).
Averages ... RCR boasts an average starting position of 10.6 and an average finishing position of 9.9 among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at DIS. RCR drivers have completed 98.9 percent of the laps attempted at the 2.5-mile speedway (5,776 of 5,839 laps), with 469 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 914 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 307 top-five, 511 top-10 finishes and 47 pole awards with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point 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 Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 15 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 10 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned five pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four consecutive poles. The organization has led 496 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Austin Dillon is ranked fifth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 20 markers, while Brian Scott is ninth, 55 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks seventh, while the No. 33 team ranks eighth and the No. 2 team ranks 13th.
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 @TyDillon and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/TyDillonMotorsports.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Daytona250 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 5 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Rain-X®/Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Rain X®/Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... This week, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Rain-X®/Advance Auto Parts crew hits Daytona Beach for night racing at The World Center of Speed. Scott will pilot chassis No. 499 from the Richard Childress Racing Nationwide Series stable in the Firecracker 250. This workhorse made three superspeedway starts in 2012 having earned one pole (Talladega Superspeedway), one top five and three top-10 finishes.
Scott's Daytona Past ... The Boise, Idaho-native has seven starts at the 2.5-mile track, notching his best start of ninth in this event last July, and best finish of sixth with five-laps led in the season opener. Additionally, the 25-year-old Nationwide Series competitor has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the famed superspeedway, where he led four laps and earned a ninth-place finish in the 2009 event.
Beating the Rain ... The Nationwide Series has battled the weather elements each weekend for the last month. Therefore, the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing team has come prepared to battle the rain. Scott will pilot the yellow and blue Rain-X®/Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Friday evening. For the second-consecutive year, the automotive aftermarket leader in water repellency and wiper blades joins RCR for on track excitement. Rain-X® has provided drivers with products to help them outsmart the elements. With products such as Original Glass Treatment™ water beading technology, Wiper Blades and Glass Cleaners; Rain-X® leads the automotive aftermarket in glass care.
Meet Brian Scott ... Fans can meet the driver of the Rain-X®/Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet on Wednesday afternoon. Scott will be signing autographs at the Advance Auto Parts located at 1309 Beville Rd. Daytona Beach, Fla., beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Race fans will have the chance to win Rain X® prizes and race weekend gear.
Saluting America ... This weekend in Daytona, Rain-X® and Advance Auto Parts will "salute" America and military families by participating in NASCAR's American Salute program. In a patriotic initiative to unite the NASCAR industry to celebrate America and support our military and their families, the No. 2 Rain-X®/Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro will feature patriotic red, white and blue colors.
Enjoy Winning with Rain-X® ... Fans who purchase Rain-X® wiper blades in Advance Auto Parts stores throughout the country between now and October 2, 2013 will enjoy great sale prices and have a chance to win more than 1,000 prizes, including a grand prize VIP race weekend. Visit your local Advance Auto Parts store to find out how to enter and win.
Make it Rain with Nationwide Insurance ... Friday night, Scott and his competitors will not only vie for victory, but qualify for Nationwide Insurance's "Dash 4 Cash". If Scott finishes among the top four Nationwide Series regulars, he will have the chance to compete for a $100,000 bonus next Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Follow Along ... Follow Rain-X® and Advance Auto Parts on twitter @OfficialRainX and @AdvanceAuto as well as on facebook at facebook.com/RainXOfficial and facebook.com/advanceautoparts.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES
How is racing at Daytona (International Speedway) in July different than February? "Each superspeedway race this season we've had really cool temperatures. In the Nationwide Series we're still able to tandem draft, therefore the cooler temperatures allow us to draft for much longer, giving us a greater benefit. Where it really pays off and you break away from the pack is by being able to do it for multiple laps. When we go back this week, we probably won't be able to hold the tandem draft as long. If you can't do that you'll see a lot more pack racing, making it a different complexion of a superspeedway race."
What do you have to do special to stay cool in Daytona? "Be lucky or wear your lucky socks... Superspeedway racing is always about making it to the end. There's so little that depends on handling. The draft is such an equalizer, so as long as you have the basics of a good motor and body you have a shot to win. Namesake comes into play, those who are known to be there at the end will always have someone to go with them. For someone like myself it's always a chess match, you have to make friends throughout the race in order to be in contention."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 128 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This is the same Chevrolet Dillon drove to a 10th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May.
Dillon at Daytona International Speedway ... Dillon has three previous Nationwide Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, finishing fifth in February 2012, fourth in July 2012 and 21st in February 2013. He also made his Daytona 500 debut in this year's Great American Race and has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.4), ranks second in laps in the Top-15 (88.2 percent), has led the second-most laps (336), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (139), fourth in Average Running Position (9.671) maintains the fourth-best Driver Rating (99.5) and is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.733). He currently ranks fifth in the driver championship point standings, 20 markers behind leader Regan Smith.
AdvoCare in Red, White and Blue ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport a special red, white and blue "American Salutes" scheme in recognition of Spark, one of the most popular products of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare, on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona International 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 Daytona International 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 $12,000 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.
Show Me the Money ... As one of four Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Qualifying drivers, Dillon will sport a blue spoiler on his Chevrolet Camaro Friday and will win a $100,000 bonus if he finishes ahead of fellow contenders Elliott Sadler, Kyle Larson and Brian Vickers this weekend. Furthermore, if Dillon is one of the four highest finishing fulltime Nationwide Series championship point contenders at Daytona, he will have another chance at a $100,000 bonus at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Other races in the D4C program include Chicagoland Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where one driver could win a Million dollars (*by winning all four D4C races plus a $600,000 bonus for winning Indianapolis race outright). Fans have the opportunity to participate in the action by entering the Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/dash4cash.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph Session on Friday, July 5 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Sprint Fan Zone in the Daytona International Speedway Infield.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES
What did you learn about these cars at Daytona International Speedway and that style of racing in February? "You can be leading or running 25th on the last lap and you don't know where you're going to end up. It's just wild racing. It's a tight pack where anything can happen. You see a little bit of pushing and a little bit of tandem drafting, but with it being hotter at Daytona International Speedway in July than it is in February, I think you will see less tandem drafting and more pack racing. You never know what can happen with that big pack."
Where do you want to be on that last lap? "I want to be out front. I think that's the best place to be, and leading the pack. Or actually ... probably about the second or third tandem if it's tandem at the end then you want to be in the second or third one and have that run coming off of turn four."
Do you enjoy restrictor plate racing, whether it's at Daytona or Talladega? "I think you have to. It is fun while you're doing it., it's just a big time bummer when you wreck after you have a good day and a fast car."
No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 123 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Tony Stewart drove this RCR Chevrolet to victory lane in the Nationwide Series season-opener at Daytona
Daytona Nuggets ... Friday's 100-lap affair marks Dillon's first appearance at Daytona International Speedway in the Nationwide Series. Although, Dillon has made two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway earning top 10 finishes in both events.
Pizza Pie ... Dillon will sport the colors of Hunt Brothers Pizza as the Nationwide Series heads to the Sunshine State. With more than 6,800 locations in 28 states, Hunt Brothers® Pizza is the nation's largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry. Perfect for today's on-the-go lifestyle, Hunt Brothers Pizza offers original and thin crust pizzas with All Toppings No Extra Charge®, breakfast pizzas, plus Hunt Brothers® Wings and WingBites®. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Hunt Brothers Pizza is family owned and operated with 50 years of experience in offering all of the food products, marketing programs, equipment and training for convenience stores to operate their own turnkey pizza program. For more information, visit huntbrotherspizza.com.
Luau with Hunt Brothers ... In honor of their first-ever Hawaiian Pizza, Hunt Brothers Pizza is sending a family of four on a five-night Hawaiian vacation that includes airfare, hotel accommodations, a helicopter tour of the island and more. Contests participates can enter to win the once-of-a-lifetime vacation experience at huntbrotherspizza.com. All online entries must be received by August 31, 2013 to be eligible to win.
Winner, Winner ... Dillon earned the victory last weekend in the Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. The 21-year-old drove through the field from the 22nd position and passed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch, for the lead on lap 125. Never looking back, Dillon took the checkered flag in the Bluegrass State marking his first Truck Series win of the 2013 season.
Meet Dillon ... Fans will have the opportunity to meet Dillon at the Nationwide Series driver autograph session on Friday, July 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The autograph session will be located in the Fan Zone in the infield of Daytona International Speedway under the Goodyear awning.
TY DILLON QUOTE
It's been a few weeks since you've run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. What are your thoughts heading into this Friday night's race? "I'm really looking forward to racing in the Nationwide Series race this weekend in Daytona. I'm honored to be able to race the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy with the No. 33 team. I haven't raced at Daytona in a Nationwide (Series) car before, but I've made quite a few laps there in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series. With Ernie's experience calling the shots, I know we'll have a fast car and can compete upfront."