Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Preview for Chicagoland
September 10, 2013
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: GEICO 400
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Location: Chicagoland Speedway
RCR in the Windy City ... Richard Childress is tied for second place for number of car owner victories at Chicagoland Speedway with Kevin Harvick's back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002. In 38 starts at the 1.5-mile suburban Chicago tri-oval, Richard Childress Racing teams have a combined eight top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes; along with one pole award with Jeff Burton in 2006.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,351 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 42 pole awards, 103 wins, 445 top-five finishes and 935 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 Richmond Rewind ... Last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Paul Menard notched his second top-five finish of the season (fifth-place) while Harvick and Burton finished 11th and 18th, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 26 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned two wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway in April and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, notched 10 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. Harvick is representing RCR in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is currently tied for fourth in the standings. RCR's other two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 17th (Menard) and 22nd (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 www.facenook/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRRacing.com along with official driver pages: www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick, and www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton.
Catch the Action ... ESPN's live coverage from Chicagoland Speedway begins Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 428 at Chicagoland Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was raced previously this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Menard drove it to a 12th-place finish and Michigan International Speedway where he finished fourth.
Chicagoland Stats ... Menard has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway. His best start of second came in 2011 and best finish of 10th came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 1,426 of 1,602 laps attempted (89 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval.
A Different Look in Chi-Town ... The No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS will sport a different look this weekend carrying a special paint scheme combination of Quaker State green and Menards yellow.
Close to Home ... Chicagoland Speedway is the closest track on the Sprint Cup Series schedule to Menard's hometown of Eau Claire, Wis. Located only six hours form where he grew up, the Richard Childress Racing driver considers the 1.5-mile speedway his home track.
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Race Rewind ... In this race last year at Chicagoland Speedway, Menard started 11th in the No. 27 Chevrolet and finished in 15th after struggling with handling issues throughout the 267-lap event.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Chicagoland Speedway is one of the newest facilities on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Over the past couple of years the racing groove has widened, which allows for more passing opportunities. The backstretch there is slightly curved, but it doesn't affect the car too much. Because of the curve, you've got to slightly turn the car left going down the straightaway. It's a fun track and a fast track. We've had some good runs the past couple of weeks and hopefully that continues this weekend in Chicago."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet SS at Chicagoland Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 430 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the GIEICO 400. This Chevrolet is new to the No. 29 team rotation and is scheduled to be on track for the first time this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Chi-Town Stats ... Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval. In those previous appearances, the California native has collected two victories, the first during the inaugural event in 2001 and again in 2002, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 18.8, a 10.5 average finishing position, has completed 99.5 percent (3,190 of 3,207) of the laps contested and has 282 laps led to his credit.
Designate a Driver ... Harvick's No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet will feature a special "Designate a Driver" paint scheme this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in support of Anheuser-Busch's worldwide effort to promote the responsible enjoyment of the company's beers on "Global Be(er) Responsible Day" on Friday, Sept. 20. Adults are encouraged to join Harvick, the No. 29 Budweiser Designate a Driver team and the Nation of Responsible drinkers by taking the pledge at www.NationOfResponsibleDrinkers.com.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Begins ... Sunday's race at Chicagoland Speedway kicks off the 10-race 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Harvick is tied with Carl Edwards for the fourth seed in the standings and is six points out of the top spot.
Chase Across America ... As the top 12 drivers head to different markets this week as part of NASCAR's "Chase Across America" program, Harvick will visit Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Sept. 11 to help promote next month's AAA Texas 500. After spending a day with media members and local first responders, he will travel to Chicago where he and the other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will participate in media interviews and the NASCAR Contenders Live fan event on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Navy Pier at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. Fans can purchase tickets to the event for $10, with proceeds benefiting the NASCAR Foundation. For those unable to attend, NASCAR.com will air the broadcast beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT. For additional information, visit NASCAR.com/ContendersLive.
Seeing Double ... In addition to driving the No. 29 Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, Sept. 14. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Meet the Driver ... Harvick is scheduled to stop by the Joliet Race Fan Rally on Thursday, Sept. 12 in downtown Joliet, Ill., from 6 to 7 p.m. Central Time for a fan question-and-answer session. Following his stop in Joliet, the RCR driver will make his way to the Menards store in Homer Glen, Ill., to sign autographs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT.
Race Rewind ... Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Designate a Driver team scored a 12th-place finish in last year's GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, after starting from the 35th position and battling handling issues throughout the 267-lap event.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES:
What are your thoughts coming back to Chicagoland Speedway and kicking off the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup?
"I really like tracks like Chicagoland (Speedway) where the surface is a little bit worn out, because it makes for better racing. We were fortunate to win the first couple of races here, so Chicagoland has always been a really good race track for us as far as fans and following, too. DeLana (Harvick, wife) and I always enjoy coming in early for the Chase kick off, going into the city and having a couple of low key days before the weekend gets started."
Talk about the Goodyear tire test you participated in at Chicagoland Speedway in May. Did the team learn anything they can use for the race this weekend?
"We had a really good test. Obviously a lot has changed since then from a setup standpoint because we've been trying out some different things recently, but I think we're a little bit ahead of the curve going into this weekend. I feel pretty good about it. I think it'll be a good weekend."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 426 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway in June and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
Career Chicago Stats ... This weekend's event marks Burton's 13th start at the 1.5-mile facility and 682nd-career Sprint Cup Series start. He has one pole award (2006) with one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the track, and has led 60 laps.
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Sign Here Please ... Burton is scheduled to participate in an autograph session on behalf of Kwikset at Menards located on 2524 West Jefferson St. in Joliet, Ill. on Thursday, Sept. 12at 7 p.m. Central Time.
Bring a Sharpie ... Burton will be signing autographs with fellow Sprint Cup Series drivers on Friday, Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The first 50 fans to check-in at the Chicagoland Speedway Social Hub starting that morning at 10:00 a.m. will get to participate in the session.
Track Walk ... The Coca-Cola Family Track Walk returns Sunday, Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway and Burton will participate in a question-and-answer session from 9:10 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. CT. This FREE event will be open to all Chicagoland Speedway ticketholders.
Race Rewind ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team finished 24th in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Chicagoland Speedway after losing laps under an ill-timed caution flag.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
Do you like racing at Chicagoland Speedway?
"Chicagoland Speedway is one of the newest facilities we race on. It has really come into its own recently. Chicagoland is a fun and challenging race track. While it might look like a normal 1.5-mile layout, it is different in many ways. Both ends of the track are complete opposite as far as handling goes. Chicagoland also requires really good grip and there are some bumps that you have to factor in with the setup."