Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Iowa Speedway
July 30, 2013
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: US Cellular 250 Presented by Enlist Weed Control Systems
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Location: Iowa Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Iowa Speedway ... In 12 Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has acquired one win with Elliott Sadler in August 2012, along with three consecutive pole awards with Sadler in both 2012 events at the track and Austin Dillon in June 2013. RCR has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
RCR in the NNS ... In 927 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 313 top-five, 518 top-10 finishes and 48 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 Kevin 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 19 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 15 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles. The organization has led 529 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Austin Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by six points over Regan Smith, while Brian Scott is eighth, 46 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks third, while the No. 2 team ranks 10th 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 and @RCR33NNS, RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3 and @ryangifford2 and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing and facebook.com/austindillon3.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the US Cellular 250 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, August 3 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio Channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... This weekend, Brian Scott and Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 Shore Lodge team travel to Iowa Speedway for the second of two NASCAR Nationwide Series stand alone events in the Hawkeye State. The No. 2 team plans to utilize chassis No. 101 from the Richard Childress Racing Nationwide Series stable. Scott earned a fourth-place finish in this Chevrolet Camaro after starting fifth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, a sixth-place finish after starting third at Iowa Speedway in June and a 10th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March. Prior to 2013, Elliott Sadler made six starts with this Chevrolet under the RCR banner in 2012, winning twice at Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
Iowa History ... In six Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, Scott earned his first top-10 finish at the track in a RCR entry in June with a sixth-place result. The 25-year-old Nationwide Series regular has only one start outside the top-10 in his six series appearances at this track. Additionally, he has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2009 where he earned a ninth-place finish.
Best Career Finish ... Scott heads to Iowa Speedway with momentum coming off his best-career Nationwide Series finish one week ago. The Boise, Idaho native earned a second-place finish after dramatically taking the lead in the final laps from veterans Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. As the laps wound down Busch passed Scott for the lead, but the Nationwide Series regular was able to hold off Logano for the second spot. With his strong finish last weekend, Scott pulled within 46 points of first place in the driver championship point standings.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Shore Lodge: Did You Know? ... Shore Lodge is set on the southern shore of Payette Lake. The spectacular lake has been a destination for visitors since the 1800s. Known to Native American tribes and frontiersmen, the French Canadian fur trapper, Francois Payette roamed these mountain trails and gave the river and hence the lake its name. In the 1860s, gold miners temporarily settled here to pan for gold but were unsuccessful and soon moved on. Following World War II, a group of businessmen and doctors from Lewiston, Idaho turned their sights to developing the lake for tourists. At its heart would be the iconic Shore Lodge, which opened on July 3, 1948.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Is Iowa Speedway a short track or a Speedway?
"Iowa Speedway is definitely a short track. I consider any track in the Nationwide Series where you have to touch the brake a short track. Anything over a mile we really don't use the brake."
You finished sixth at Iowa (Speedway) earlier this season, what will you do differently this time around?
"I like Iowa (Speedway), we had a good run earlier this spring. It was a crazy race with rain and the schedule was all over the place. We qualified and ran in the top five for almost the whole race and finished in the top-10. We know what we need to do to get better; we're looking forward to going back. The RCR crew has something figured out there, our teammate (Austin Dillon) sat on the pole, led most of the race and we were right there behind him. We just needed to tweak a few things to get up there and run with him. I feel like it's a place we have a handle really well and I look forward to going back and challenging for the win."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 116 in the US Cellular 250 presented by Enlist Weed Control Systems at Iowa Speedway. Dillon earned a second-place finish after starting from the pole in this Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway in June, an 11th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2013, a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in September 2012, a sixth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September 2012 and a 15th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in August 2012.
Dillon at Iowa Speedway ... In five previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, Dillon earned his best finish of second in June 2013. He has led laps in his last two appearances at the track, with changing track conditions contributing to a second-place finish after leading 207 of 250 laps in his June 2013 appearance. He posted a 15th-place finish in August 2012 despite leading 53 laps of the race and driving to a commanding lead before an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration caused the team to fall one lap down to the leader. In all, Dillon has 11 previous starts at the 0.875-mile track in four different series, including the Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Winner Winner ... Iowa Speedway was the site of Dillon's first-career Camping World Truck Series win in 2010.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.6), ranks second in laps in the Top-15 (89.6 percent), has led the third-most laps (365), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (100.4), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (183), fourth in Average Running Position (9.278) and is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.368).
Point Leader ... Dillon assumed control of the driver championship point standings following his 12th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He currently leads the series by a six point margin over Regan Smith.
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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 $18,000 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.
Keeping Busy ... In addition to his normal Nationwide Series routine, Dillon spent last week racing in both the Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 2011 Camping World Truck Series Champion made his first Truck Series start since earning the title, visiting Victory Lane in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in the No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet Silverado on June 24. Last Sunday, he made his first-career Brickyard 400 start in the No. 33 Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet, finishing 26th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What do you think about Iowa Speedway?
"I love Iowa Speedway. The fans at Iowa are always great. I feel like I have a pretty good, solid following out there. Iowa Speedway is a place where we have given away a few races. We've led a lot of laps, we've had pit stop problems and different things happen in the races that have cost us a few wins. Going there this year, I've always been pretty strong there and hopefully we can capitalize this weekend."
How focused are you on winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship?
"It would be very special and it's definitely a goal for our whole organization at RCR and I would love to do that for my grandfather and every employee over there. I've been staying focused and making sure that we have good days at the track. We've had good cars all year long. We'll keep trying and hopefully we'll be in a position to battle for the championship at the end of the year."
No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet ... Ryan Gifford will pilot chassis No. 107 at Iowa Speedway. This No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was previously run this season at Auto Club Speedway (finished 15th) and Michigan International Speedway (finished third).
Iowa Stats ... Gifford is scheduled to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway, turning his first laps in a Nationwide entry during practice on Friday. However, the Tennessee native has five previous starts at the .875-mile oval in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Gifford's best start of fifth and best finish of fourth both came in 2011. He has completed 754 of 839 laps attempted (89.9 percent) at the Newton, Iowa, track.
Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR's No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series.
Meet the Driver ... Although this weekend will mark Gifford's first-career Nationwide Series start for RCR, he is familiar with the 44-year-old racing organization. The 25-year-old driver made his K&N Pro Series debut under the RCR banner in 2009, earning three top-five finishes in four starts before moving to Rev Racing in 2010. He currently works for Team Dillon Racing, frequently driving a Dirt Late Model for the Mike Dillon-owned team. Gifford is a NASCAR Driver for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) and NASCAR Next driver.
Media Availability ... Gifford is scheduled to participate in NASCAR's Media Availability on Friday at 2:45 p.m. Central Time. The session will be held inside the Iowa Speedway Media Center's deadline room.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's Nationwide Series race, Gifford will pilot the No. 2 entry in the K&N Pro Series East event on Friday night. This race is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. CT and will not be televised.
Race Rewind ... Gifford last turned laps at Iowa Speedway in a K&N Pro Series East car in June, where he started 10th and finished 21st.
RYAN GIFFORD QUOTE:
What Are Your Thoughts About Racing the Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway?
"I'm thrilled that Menards, Rheem and RCR are giving me the chance to race in my first NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Menards has done so much for young racers over the years and I'm proud to be able to represent them and their employees at Iowa Speedway. I can't thank them enough for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to showcase my racing skills this weekend. I've never run at Iowa in a Nationwide car, but I've run several NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events there. It's a great little track and I'm excited to get in the No. 33 on Friday and see how it handles during practice. It's going to be a fun weekend and I can't wait to get it started."