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June 9, 2013

Nationwide Post Race Report from Iowa Speedway

Read how Austin almost had his first win of the year, about Brian's top-10 run and Max's tough ending

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Iowa Speedway
June 9, 2013

Race Highlights


*Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Austin Dillon) sixth (Brian Scott) and 31st (Max Papis).
*Dillon is fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Regan Smith by 46 markers, while Scott is eighth in the standings, 67 points behind Smith.
*The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks sixth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team 10th in the standings and the No. 33 team 11th.
*According to NASCAR's Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, Dillon maintained the best Average Running Position (1.244), had the best Driver Rating (144.9 out of a possible 150), was the Fastest Driver Early in a Run (130.999 mph), led the field in Fastest Laps Run (73), was Fastest on Restarts (130.356 mph), had the best Green Flag Speed (128.552 mph), spent 100 percent of the race running in the top-15 and led 207 of 250 laps.
*Scott was the third-Fastest Driver Late in a Run (126.811 mph), maintained the fifth-best Average Running Position (4.832) had the fifth-best Driver Rating (108.3), was fifth-Fastest on Restarts (128.343 mph) and posted the Fastest Lap for eight circuits.
*Papis made 31 green-flag passes.
*Trevor Bayne earned his first victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kyle Larson.
*The next Nationwide Series race is the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 15. The 13th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ABC beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.

                    Brian Scott Earns a Sixth-Place Finish

Brian Scott earned his sixth top-10 finish of the 2013 season at Iowa Speedway after starting third in Sunday morning's Iowa Pioneer 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Scott battled among the leaders throughout the opening laps of the event. Once settling into his groove, the Boise, Idaho, native reported to crew chief Phil Gould that he was free in and off the corner. The caution flag was displayed on lap 50, which allowed Scott to make a trip down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Racing resumed on lap 56 with the Richard Childress Racing driver lined up third. Laps ticked away while the skies became darker and rain eventually put the race under a red-flag condition. When track drying was complete, Scott took the green-flag in the third position with less than 100 laps remaining. Scott battled with the No. 32 car in the final stage of the race, ultimately taking the checkered flag in the sixth position.

             Start - 3         Finish - 6         Laps Led - 0         Points - 8th

BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE
: "We had a really strong car all afternoon, but just needed one more adjustment to get up there and contend for the lead. Phil (Gould, crew chief) and the guys did a good job on pit road. It was a strong finish for the No. 2 team and we'll move on to Michigan International Speedway next weekend looking be just as good."

        Dominate Performance Culminates with Second-Place Finish for Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon led 207 of 250 laps in the Iowa Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but ultimately settled for a second-place finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet after losing forward drive during a long green-flag run in the closing stages of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Dillon started the 12th race of the 2013 season from the front row after earning his third-consecutive Nationwide Series pole award on Saturday afternoon, tying the record for most consecutive poles in the Series' history. The green-flag was displayed to the 40-car starting field shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday afternoon after rain showers on Saturday caused NASCAR officials to postpone the start of the 200-mile event. Dillon showed speed from the start of the race, immediately driving away from the field and only briefly relinquishing the point position from laps 9 through 24. At times, Dillon extended his lead by as much as six seconds over the second-place competitor. He never fell outside of the top-nine during the course of the race, maintaining an average running position of 1.244. With less than 50 laps remaining, the Welcome, N.C. native had a 2.6-second lead over eventual race winner Trevor Bayne. However, a long green-flag run, combined with changing track conditions as the sun poked out of the cloud cover, created a lack of forward drive for Dillon. With less than 10 laps remaining the duo battled side-by-side for the lead with Dillon eventually settling for a second-place finish.

           Start - 1             Finish - 2             Laps Led - 207          Points - 4th               
              
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
"It was a disappointing finish to a strong day. We lost grip when the sun came out and the No. 6 car took off. It's part of racing, though, and I'm still proud of this team for what we were able to accomplish this weekend. On to Michigan International Speedway."

                   Max Papis Finishes 31st after Multi-Car Incident

Making his 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Richard Childress Racing and the No. 33 Rheem/Menards race team, Max Papis put together a solid race weekend effort before a mid-race collision took him out of contention on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. Qualifying 25th on Saturday afternoon, Papis challenged for a top-20 running position for the first 150 circuits of the 250-lap event while battling a tight-handling No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro. The crew made a few small adjustments through the course of several pit stops in an attempt to remedy the tight condition. After the Como, Italy born driver communicated to the team that he dialed in more front brake, he began to log top-five speeds during the second green-flag run. Papis was in position to work his way toward the front of the field when an incident between the No. 20 and No. 60 cars collected him on lap 155. He sustained race-ending damages and was unable to return to the track, leaving the team to settle for a 31st-place finish.  

          Start - 25            Finish - 31         Laps Led - 0            Points - N/A

MAX PAPIS QUOTE
: "It was a rough end to the day we were having. Ernie Cope (crew chief) and the No. 33 guys did a great job giving me a solid Rheem/Menards Camaro. I really felt we found a line and the adjustments we needed to be competitive. I'm not sure what happened really, I was on the apron and I had nowhere to go. Proud of the run we had, just frustrated it ended the way it did."

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