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Race: 400
Date: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Location: Pocono Raceway

RCR at Pocono Raceway ... In 129 starts at Pocono Raceway, RCR team owner Richard Childress has two wins, both with Dale Earnhardt, who won on July 19, 1987 and July 18, 1993. Additionally, RCR has earned one pole award, 16 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes with 599 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed two of those top-10 finishes under the RCR banner.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,333 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 103 wins, 42 pole awards, 442 top-five finishes and 929 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 14 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, five 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. RCR Brickyard Rewind ... Last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Paul Menard finished 12th, Kevin Harvick 19th, Austin Dillon 26th and Jeff Burton was 43rd after suffering mechanical issues. 
The Collective RCR ...
Throughout the season's first 20 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway (April) and in the Coca-Cola 600 (May), notched seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank fourth (Harvick), 19th (Menard) and 20th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.
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 - @RCR27PMenard, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter page @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at and at along with official driver pages -, and
Catch the Action ... ESPN's live coverage from Pocono Raceway begins Sunday, August 4 at Noon Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Paul Menard
No. 27 Tarkett/Menards Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's Tarkett/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 427 at Pocono Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Michigan International Speedway finishing 14th.
Pocono Stats ... Menard has 13 starts at Pocono Raceway. His best start of second came in 2011 and best finish of ninth came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,265 of 2,328 laps attempted (97.3 percent) at the Pennsylvania track.
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Meet Menard ... Fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Menard on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time at The Sprint Unlimited Experience, located in the Pocono Raceway display area.
Race Rewind ... After starting third, Menard brought home an 11th-place finish in last year's rain-shortened event at the triangular-shaped track.
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Pocono Raceway:

"I enjoy going to Pocono Raceway. It is a challenging and distinctive track. We are used to having four corners almost every weekend and only having three at Pocono changes things up. All the corners are very unique, so you have to approach each one differently. Pocono also has very long straightaways, so we carry a lot of speed going into the corners. We had a decent Menards Chevrolet their earlier in the year, but had some bad luck with a tire going down on the last lap. We tested at Pocono earlier in the season and we learned a lot. We'll use some of that data and apply it to this weekend's Tarkett/Menards Chevrolet and hopefully have a great handling car on Sunday."

Kevin Harvick 
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet


This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the 400 at Pocono Raceway. This Chevrolet was most recently utilized by the No. 29 team at Pocono Raceway in June starting the race fifth and finishing ninth.
Taking on the "Tricky Triangle" ... Since his first appearance at Pocono Raceway, Harvick has 25 starts to his credit. Throughout the years, the RCR driver has collected five top-five and nine top-10 finishes, holds an average starting position of 19.2 coupled with an average finishing position of 13.9, has completed 96.2 percent (4,528 of 4,707) of the laps contested, with five laps led.
Season to Date ... With 20 point paying events complete in the 2013 season, Harvick sits fourth in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 90 markers behind the leader. In those 20 starts, the California native has accumulated two wins, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. According NASCAR's Season-To-Date Loop Data Statistics, Harvick sits second in Percentage of Laps Run on the Led Lap (93.22 percent), third in Laps in the Top 15 (4,588), is the third-Fastest in Traffic, fourth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run and is fifth in the category of Green Flag Speed.
Race Rewind ... Harvick started 21st in the 2012 rain-delayed and shortened event at Pocono Raceway, and battled a loose-handling condition before crossing the finish line 16th.
How do you approach racing at Pocono Raceway?

"The first thing is you've got to survive the restart. The track is really fast and the thing I like about what they did at Pocono is that all the bumps are now kind of swells instead of extreme bumps. Each corner is fast. Turn 1 is a corner where you drive in and down shift. The key to Pocono is getting up off the corners and in the throttle and being able to stay in the throttle really in all three (turns)."

Jeff Burton
No. 31 FXI Gutter Clear365 Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

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Career Pocono Stats ... This weekend's 400-mile event marks Burton's 40th start at the 2.5-mile facility and 676th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton garnered seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 104 laps.
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Meet the Press ... Burton will field questions from the gathered media inside the Pocono Raceway infield media center on Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.
2012 Race Rewind ... After rain delayed the start of the Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in August 2012 for nearly two hours, Burton and the No. 31 Chevrolet team claimed a 22nd-place finish after severe thunderstorms enveloped the track and shortened the event.
How do you feel about going back to Pocono Raceway for the second time this season?

"I feel good about going back to Pocono (Raceway). We ran well there in June, but didn't finish as high as we should have. I feel like we can build on that with these Gen-6 cars. We can also apply some stuff we learned last weekend at Indianapolis (Motor Speedway). Not a lot of information because of the mechanical issue, but a little bit more now that Pocono has a smoother surface. Pocono is a fun race track and one of the hardest on the schedule even after the repave. You have to be aggressive there and drive really hard."

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