Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Dover
September 24, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Dover 200
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Location: Dover International Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Dover International Speedway ... In 51 previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has visited Victory Lane three times. Clint Bowyer is a two-time race winner at the track for RCR, earning victories in September 2009 and September 2006, while Jeff Burton earned a win for the team in June 2006. The organization has started from the pole position five times and has 15 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes. RCR entries have completed 96.2 percent of laps attempted, with 696 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 953 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 49 pole awards, 321 top-five and 532 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finishing position of 12.4 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 Johhny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 27 races contested this season, RCR has earned two wins in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway and Harvick at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with 24 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards doing so 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, while Brian Scott earned a pole award for the organization at Richmond International Raceway. The organization has led 1,060 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by 15 points, while Brian Scott is seventh, 79 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team sits fourth, while the No. 2 team is ninth and the No. 33 team is 10th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, 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 @KevinHarvick and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3, and facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Dover 200 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Sept. 28 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Richard Childress Racing team head to Dover International Speedway for the second time this season. Scott will pilot chassis No. 117 from RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday afternoon's Dover 200. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Chicagoland Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Scott acquiring an average starting spot of 5.3 along with an 11th-place average finishing position. Additionally, this Chevrolet was utilized five times in 2012 by the No. 2 team at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Monster Mile History ... Scott has seven previous Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile concrete speedway, earning a third-place finish in the June 2012 event. He also has three top-10 finishes with an average finishing position of 12.4.
Winning History at The Monster Mile ... The concrete one-mile oval marks the sight of Scott's first NASCAR win. The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver claimed victory in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event after leading the final 14 laps.
Garden State of Mind for Gould ... Crew chief Phil Gould can call Dover International Speedway his hometown track. A native of South Brunswick, N.J., Gould grew up a race fan and even spent his younger years wheelin' street stocks around Wall Stadium and local short tracks before making the leap to the world of NASCAR. During his tenure with RCR, Gould earned the 2003 Nationwide Series Owners championship, as well as numerous wins as the car chief on the No. 29 including victories at Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 and a third-place finish in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2010. 2013 marks Gould's first season as crew chief, thus far he's led the No. 2 team to one pole award, three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes and 254-laps led.
Visiting the Troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center ... On Thursday, Sept. 26 Scott will join teammate Austin Dillon and team owner Richard Childress to visit wounded warriors at Walter Reed Military Medical Center on behalf of NASCAR. For nearly a decade, the NASCAR community has been visiting and paying tribute to the Walter Reed community. Scott will tour the hospital and Military Advanced Training Center, spend time with troops and their families, as well as take part in an evening dinner emceed by ESPN's Jamie Little that includes a performance by American Idol's Pia Toscano.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Dover International 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.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES
Dover International Speedway has been a strong track in the past for you. What will be the differences for this race and the spring race? "I love Dover (International Speedway), it's been a great race track for me in both the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. We tested there earlier this year and were fooled a little bit in the June race. The temperature was so cool when we tested and when we went back it was really hot, so the setup was off and we finished 14th. With conditions looking to be a lot more like they were when we tested, we're looking forward to going back and having a stronger run than last race."
Dover International Speedway is known for their unique trophy. Where is your 'Miles the Monster'? "I have a little pool house that I converted into a bar, and that's where Miles holds residence. I took the checkered flag and shaved it down to fit in his fists ... I think it's cool. I'm sure people have dressed him up with Mardi Gras beads after a house party or two. It's a fun trophy. I love having it and seeing it every day to remember that first win."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 116 in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. This season, Dillon earned a third-place finish in this Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, a fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway in August, a second-place finish after starting from the pole at Iowa in June and an 11th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. In 2012, Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in September, a sixth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September and a 15th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in August.
Dillon at Dover International Speedway ... In three previous Nationwide Series appearances at Dover International Speedway, Dillon earned an eighth-place finish after starting from the pole in June 2013, a sixth-place finish after starting 11th in September 2012 and a 10th-place finish after starting ninth in June 2012. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at the track in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of fourth in the May 2011 event. He has also made one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the Monster Mile, posting a 27th-place finish in June 2013.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series championship contenders in Average Starting Position (5.1), ranks second in Laps in the Top-15 (91.5 percent), has led the second-most laps (516), ranks second in Average Running Position (8.704), maintains the second-best Driver Rating (102.4), is the second-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.037), and ranks third in Fastest Laps Run (316).
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings, 15 markers shy of Sam Hornish, Jr.'s point lead.
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 Dover International 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 Dover International 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 $27,000 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.
A Visit to Walter Reed ... Prior to traveling to Dover International Speedway, Dillon is scheduled to accompany his grandfather, Richard Childress, teammate Brian Scott, and others in the NASCAR industry at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to pay tribute to the military community and wounded warriors. The visit includes a tour of the hospital and Military Advanced Training Center, a dinner and musical performance by American Idol's Pia Toscano for wounded warriors and their families. Dillon participated in a similar visit to Walter Reed last year.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the Team Chevy Stage at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 27 at 11:15 a.m. Eastern Time and is also scheduled to sign autographs at the Nationwide Series driver autograph session on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 - 11 a.m. ET in the Dover International Speedway Fan Zone area.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE
What do you think about Dover International Speedway? "I really like Dover International Speedway because it's a very physical track. It's a racer's track. You have to be physically ready to tackle 'the Monster Mile' and be aggressive during the race. Danny Stockman has been working hard on the setup for the race and I know the No. 3 AdvoCare team is going to bring a great Chevrolet Camaro this weekend."
No. 33 Steak-EZE Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Steak-EZE Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 107 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Dover 200 on Saturday afternoon. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet was most recently driven to a ninth-place result by Ryan Gifford at Iowa Speedway in July.
Monster Mile Stats ... Since 2001, Harvick has made 16 Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile facility collecting three pole awards (June 2000, September 2003 and June 2006), three top-five and nine top-10 finishes. The two-time Nationwide Series champion holds an average starting position of 8.6 coupled with an 11.7 average finishing position. He has completed 98.2 percent (3,157 of 3,214) of the laps contested and is credited with 290 laps led.
Introducing a New Look ... Steak-EZE, an AdvancePierre Foods brand, will don the hood of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Dover International Speedway. The primarily black scheme was selected by race fans via a Facebook vote at www.facebook.com/steakeze and will make its debut this weekend at the Delaware facility.
About Steak-EZE and AdvancePierre Foods ... AdvancePierre Foods is a leading supplier of family favorite foods like chicken strips, chicken nuggets, Philly cheese steaks, hamburgers, chicken fried steak and chicken sandwiches to major grocery retailers, as well as foodservice, school, vending and convenience store channels. They use high quality ingredients that provide unparalleled taste, convenience and value to both operators and their patrons. Headquartered in Cincinnati, AdvancePierre employs more than 4,000 people and provides consistent product quality across 10 different manufacturing/baking facilities in Oklahoma, Ohio, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Steak-EZE Camaro on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE
What are the keys to being successful at Dover International Speedway? "The key to being successful at Dover (International Speedway) is rhythm. If you get into a rhythm with a particular setup, you're going to be successful there. Getting the right balance is what is tricky. Just running a setup free enough where you can get back on the throttle in the middle of the corner and get off the corner without pushing the front tires. It's a pretty sensitive race track and it is tough to get the balance right."