Richard Childress Racing
RCR NASCAR Nationwide Series Event Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 5, 2013
Race: Las Vegas 300
Date: March 9, 2013
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... In 25 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has two wins at the 1.5-mile track, with Jeff Burton bringing the organization to the Winner's Circle in March 2007 and Kevin Harvick doing so in March 2004. RCR also has one pole award at Las Vegas, compliments of Harvick in March 2007.
Averages ... RCR boasts an average starting position of 9.8 and an average finishing position of 11.4 among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. RCR drivers have completed 92.6 percent of the laps attempted at the 1.5-mile track (4,657 of 5,027 laps), with 333 laps led. In addition to two wins and one pole award, RCR has earned 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes at the track.
RCR in the NNS ... In 873 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts over the course of the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 298 top-five finishes, 492 top-10 finishes and 42 pole awards, with an average starting position of 12.2 and an average finishing position of 12.5 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.
Get to the Points ... Brian Scott ranks third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by six points, while Dillon ranks ninth. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 2 Chevrolet team ranks fourth, while the No. 3 team ranks 12th and the No. 33 team ranks 13th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news and information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3ADillon, @RCR33NNS and @RCR62BGaughan, RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3, @brendan62 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 Las Vegas 300 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 9 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Whitetail Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ...
Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 117 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday's Las Vegas 300. This workhorse, utilized by the No. 2 team in 2012, claimed one pole (Charlotte Motor Speedway), three top-five starts and three top-10 finishes in 2012.
Sin City History ... The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has three previous Nationwide Series starts at the Sin City track. His best start of fourth came in this event last spring. He is credited with two top-10 starts with five laps led.
Point Out the Points ... After back-to-back top-10 finishes to kickoff the season, Scott sits third in Nationwide Series driver championship point standings. This marks his strongest start of a Nationwide Series season since his debut in 2009. The Boise, Idaho native has not finished outside the top-10 since Phoenix International Raceway (Nov) 2012.
Welcome to the Whitetail Club ... TheWhitetail Club will adorn the hood of Scott's Camaro this Saturday afternoon. Set on 1,300-acres of old-growth Ponderosa pine forests, grassy meadows, streams and trout ponds. Whitetail prides itself on a place for families to relax among friends and discover new forms of adventure. Whitetail comes with such amenities that include membership to Andy North golf course, athletic complex with indoor tennis courts, private fish and swim club, Nordic ski trails and ten miles of paved walking paths.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
What do you think about Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"I love Las Vegas [Motor Speedway]; I wish it were one of those tracks we raced at twice. Last year we were fast and were challenging for the lead, but got sucked around and wrecked. I love the track, and I think these Camaros' will be really fast, all the numbers from last year to this year show that it's a better car. Phil [Gould, Crew Chief] and this team keep getting better and better with each race. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a really unforgiving track. The tire combination and the high banked, layout combined with the dusty asphalt makes it a slick, unforgiving track in the hot, Nevada Sun. It's more slick and slippery than other tracks like Atlanta Motor Speedway, where you can control a pretty loose race car a lot more."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 102 in the Las Vegas 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet Dillon drove to victory lane at both NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Kentucky Speedway in 2012, starting from the pole position in both events. He also raced this Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, a sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July, a sixth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June, a fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May, a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
Winner, Winner ... In Dillon's lone Nationwide Series appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he posted a seventh-place finish after starting third in the March 2012 edition of the race. He has two starts at the 1.5-mile oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with one pole award and one race win to his credit (September 2010). In his 2011 Camping World Truck Series appearance at the track, Dillon started second and battled back from a lap-three accident to finish 17th.
Vegas Roots ... Crew chief Danny Stockman's first job within the sport was as a mechanic with Las Vegas-based Orleans Racing at the age of 19. Now 30 years old, the crew chief has celebrated a Camping World Truck Series championship with Dillon at RCR along with two Camping World Truck Series championships as a truck chief for Ron Hornaday Jr. at Kevin Harvick Inc. The Dillon-Stockman duo earned the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors, along with two wins and a series-leading 27 top-10 finishes last year. In addition to Stockman's Vegas roots, car chief Robert Stramiska previously worked for Orleans Racing and is a native of the West Coast, hailing from Manteca, Calif.
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 Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas 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.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet this weekend, Dillon is racing the No. 51 TAG Heuer Eyewear Chevrolet SS for Phoenix Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Kobalt Tools 400 is live on FOX on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What do you think about the new NASCAR Nationwide Series Camaro so far?
"So far, I love the Camaro. It looks a lot more like the car I have in my garage and that is the coolest part. The Camaro has a little bit of a different feel out on the race track, but not much. I think the overall balance is a little better. The car we have this year is faster."
What do you think about Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"I've had a lot of success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I won there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series my rookie year, so it's a track that means a lot to me. I've also had some disappointment at Vegas. We wrecked on the first lap in the Truck Series before. I remember we battled a tight-handling condition during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race here last year and finished in the top-10. I think that was one of my first mile-and-a-half races in the Nationwide Series. We've learned a lot since then as a team and we are coming to this race with the same car we won both Kentucky races with last year so my goal is a win this weekend."
No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 188 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Las Vegas 300. This RCR Chevrolet was utilized by Austin Dillon during the 2012 season at Chicagoland Speedway (September), Charlotte Motor Speedway (October) and Texas Motor Speedway (November).
Hometown Boy ... Gaughan will make his fourth Nationwide Series appearance at his hometown track this Saturday. In three previous starts, the Las Vegas native is credited with seven laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best Nationwide Series start of ninth, and finish of fifth, came in 2012 when he piloted an RCR-prepared machine.
Hometown Sponsor ... South Point Hotel & Casino, opened in December of 2005, the South Point resort was the first megaresort located south of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. The facility consists of a 25-story hotel tower and 90,000 square foot convention center located on a 60-acre site along Las Vegas Boulevard in Enterprise, Nevada. South Point Hotel offers a total of 2,163 rooms and 160,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space; the largest of any hotel in Las Vegas that is not on the Strip. For more information, visitwww.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111.
Meet the Driver ... Fans will have two opportunities to get up close and personal with Gaughan this week in Las Vegas. The RCR driver will be signing autographs at South Point Hotel & Casino Wednesday, March 5 from 5 to 6p.m. Pacific Time at the valet entrance. The full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver will also meet with fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, March 9 from 9-9:30 a.m. PT at the South Point Hotel & Casino display in the midway on speedway property.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
Share your thoughts on competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of a (NASCAR) Nationwide Series car for Richard Childress Racing this weekend. To be able to race in front of my hometown crowd makes it even more special. I ran this event for RCR last year, and we had a really good run. I'm hoping we can improve on that success this weekend and take RCR and the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet to Victory Lane."
No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet was utilized by Kevin Harvick during the 2012 Nationwide Series season claiming four top-five finishes; including a win at Texas Motor Speedway in November.
Vegas Odds ... Saturday's 200-lap affair marks Dillon's first appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Although the Welcome, N.C., native hasn't made any competitive laps in the No. 33 entry in Sin City, he has one start at the facility in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series earning a 10th-place finish after starting fifth and leading for five laps.
Welcome Back! ... WESCO returns to RCR for the 2013 season as the primary sponsor of Dillon's No. 33 Chevrolet for six events throughout the year; including Talladega Superspeedway (May), Dover International Speedway (June), Bristol Motor Speedway (August), Texas Motor Speedway (November) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November).
What is WESCO? ... WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2012 annual sales were approximately $6.6 billion. The Company employs approximately 8,900 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates eight fully automated distribution centers and approximately 475 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.
Nationwide in 2013 ... Dillon will share the No. 33 entry with an all-star driver line-up in 2013 under the RCR banner. The 21-year-old driver is slated for nine Nationwide Series events over the course of the 33-week schedule. In addition to the races with WESCO, Dillon will pilot the Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Meet the Driver ... Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs with fellow Bass Pro Shops driver Tony Stewart on Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific Time at the Bass Pro Shops located at 8200 Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas. Dillon will also sign autographs with grandfather Richard Childress and older brother Austin at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on Friday, March 8 beginning at 6 p.m. PT.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
You have three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts under your belt. What are your thoughts going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time in the Nationwide Series?
"I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car. I had a lot of fun racing at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) last year in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series. It's a fast track and has a lot of room to pass. I'm honored to be able to represent WESCO for another season. I met some of their vendors last season at the track and hope to do so again throughout the year."