Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Series Preview for Dover
September 24, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: AAA 400
Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Location: Dover International Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Dover ... RCR has earned four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Dover International Speedway, most recently in September 2006 when Jeff Burton drove the No. 31 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Three additional victories came with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel, including both events at the "Monster Mile" in 1989 as well as the spring race in 1993. RCR also earned one pole award, 23 top-five and 50 top-10 finishes in 138 combined starts at the high-banked, one-mile oval. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, contributed three of those top 10s from 1976-1980.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,357 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 42 pole awards, 103 wins, 446 top-five finishes and 937 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 New Hampshire Rewind ... Last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Burton notched his sixth top-10 finish of the season finishing eighth, while Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard finished 20th and 22nd, respectively.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 28 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 11 top-five and 27 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 sixth in the standings. RCR's other two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 16th (Menard) and 19th (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 Dover International Speedway begins Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time with race action slated for 2 p.m.. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS
This Week's CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Dover International Speedway this weekend. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS previously ran this season at Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, with a best finish of sixth coming at Bristol.
"Monster Mile" Stats ... Menard has 12 starts at Dover International Speedway. His best start of third came in 2011 and best finish of seventh came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,742 of 4,800 laps attempted (98.8 percent) at the Delaware track.
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Meet Menard ... Menard is scheduled to participate in a fan question-and-answer session on the Team Chevy Stage at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday at Dover International Speedway.
Race Rewind ... Starting 19th, Menard battled handling issues and an ill-timed caution which put him a lap down to the leader in last year's AAA 400 to finish 22nd at the one-mile facility.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Dover International Speedway: "I really enjoy going to Dover (International Speedway). The corners are really wide and then it funnels down into pretty narrow straightaways with walls on either side. So if something happens, there's probably a good chance multiple cars are going to get caught up in it. It's a track where you can really feel the speed inside the car. As a driver you've got to be on top of your game, because anything can happen at Dover. The spotters have to stay on their toes also. It is tough for us to see very far ahead because there's so much banking, so we have to really rely on our spotters to help us out. "The Monster Mile" hasn't been too good to us lately, so we are hoping to change our luck this weekend and bring home a good finish in our CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet."
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Dover International Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AAA 400. Harvick drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and most recently picked up a 10th-place result with the RCR-prepared machine at Kentucky Speedway in June.
Racing at the "Monster Mile" ... Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 19.7, an average finishing position of 15.6, has completed 98.6 percent (9,861 of 10,004) of the laps contested and has 145 laps led to his credit.
Visiting the Hall of Fame ... Harvick will visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in celebration of his involvement in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner will be available to members of the media during the NASCAR teleconference from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time and again at the Hall of Fame from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. He will participate in a fan event in the High Octane Theater from 4:50 to 5:20 p.m. ET.
Here's Harvick ... Harvick is scheduled to make a guest appearance on "Dialed In with Claire B. Lang, live from the Monster Mile" on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. ET at the Rollins Center in Dover Downs. Admission for the event is a $5 donation to the USO Delaware and the show will be broadcast on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Tickets to attend the show must be purchased in advance as they will not be sold at the door. The RCR driver is also scheduled to participate in a fan question-and-answer session on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. ET on the frontstretch of the "Monster Mile". On Sunday, Sept. 29, Harvick is scheduled to make a stop at the Monster Mile Club at 11 a.m. For more information on these events and to purchase tickets, visit www.doverspeedway.com or call 800-441-RACE.
Seeing Double ... In addition to driving the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Steak-EZE Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, Sept. 28. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
A Lil' Something Extra for the Fans ... Dover International Speedway invites fans to the NASCAR Hauler and Showcase at Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road just four miles south of the Monster Mile on Route 113 on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. ET, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they take off at 6 p.m. on a parade route through Downtown Dover. The trucks will be lined up in order based on the current NASCAR point standings.
Race Rewind ... After starting from the 13th position, Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team salvaged a 13th-place finish in the 2012 edition of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway after a caution, in the midst of the first round of green-flag pit stops, caught most of the field two laps down to the leader.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES
What have you learned from past races at Dover International Speedway that you can apply to this weekend? "I don't remember much of what happened during the race at Dover (International Speedway) back in June. I'm a one week at a time, keep it current kind of guy. I don't like to think back on the past. But, Dover is always a fun track to go to. You can be very aggressive in your driving style there compared to most other places. We'll go there this weekend, and run as hard as we can just like we do every other weekend."
There were quite a few green-flag runs during the race at Dover International Speedway back in June. Does that surprise you? "Green-flag runs don't surprise me anywhere. I think Dover (International Speedway) is one of those places where if your car is off a bit and you get one of those green-flag runs, you can be in a lot of trouble. You can go a couple of laps down there pretty fast."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
This Weekend's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 429 this weekend at Dover International Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will turn its first laps this weekend at the one-mile facility.
Career Dover Stats ... This weekend's 400-mile event marks Burton's 40th start at the Dover, Del. facility and 684th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered one win, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the one-mile track and has led 136 laps.
No Stranger to Victory Lane ... Burton has made two previous visits to Dover International Speedway's Victory Lane in Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. Both victories came with Richard Childress Racing during the 2006 season, notching one win in each series.
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Support the USO ... Burton and RCR teammate Kevin Harvick, along with other NASCAR drivers and personalities, will join SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Dialed In with Claire B. Lang, live from the Monster Mile." The event will be broadcast in front of a live audience, airing on Friday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Admission is a $5 donation to USO Delaware in advance of the event. Tickets to attend the show must be purchased in advance as they will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit http://www.doverspeedway.com/news_content/siriusxms-dialed-in-with-claire-b-lang-live-from-the-monster-mile-returns-on-friday-sept-27/. Ticket sales expire on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Team Chevy ... Burton is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy Stage at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 10:20 a.m. ET.
Race Rewind ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team were relegated to a 27th-place finish after battling handling issues, while untimely cautions pinned the RCR six laps down to the leader during the 2012 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE
What did the No. 31 Chevrolet team learn in the new Gen-6 car at Dover International Speedway in June? "Dover (International Speedway) has been one of our stronger race tracks. We ran well there in June. The new Gen-6 car definitely makes more grip than its predecessor. We can drive the car a little bit harder on corner entry and on exit as well. At the end of the day, it will be a typical Dover race. It's definitely the most physical track we race at. It's fast, rough and the straightaways are really narrow. You have so much speed coming off the corners too. We are