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September 28, 2013

From the Pit Box - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Marcus Richmond talks Truck set up for Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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From the Pit Box with Marcus Richmond – Crew Chief No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet

Marcus Richmond embarked on his first full season at Richard Childress Racing in 2012 where began the season as crew chief on the No. 2 Chevrolet with drivers Kevin Harvick and Brendan Gaughan, earning one victory and two pole awards before joining Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team for the second half of the year. Richmond coached Dillon to fourth-place in the driver championship point standings and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors of the heels of three pole awards, one win,  six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. So far this season, the duo has collected one victory, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

Q: How do you set the truck up for Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
A: “The biggest thing about Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the amount of grip this track has during the race. You want to set the truck up pretty free and keep it as loose as possible throughout the race. The driver really has to hold on at this track. The saying ‘loose is fast on the edge you’re out of control,’ really comes into play here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”

Q: How will the track change during the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
A: “Last year, the track didn’t really change as much as we thought it would during the race. The sun was out during the beginning portions of the race, so we thought the track would change a lot when the sun when down. Our driver thought the same thing, so we made a bunch of changes to tighten the truck up in preparation for the track temperature change. It barely changed. We actually ended up getting really tight and had to revert back on our changes. This year, we’re going to play it by ear and see how the track changes during practice.”

Q: What do you think the keys to success will be this weekend?
A: “The biggest key to success here is to have a really good driver that can get up on the wheel at the end of the race. Track position is huge here. The driver has to be consistent and roll with the track changes as best as they can. We just have to be in position when the end of the race comes.”

Q: What is your favorite memory of Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

A: “My favorite memory here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was when they first repaved the track. It was really smooth which made for a fast track. When we unloaded off the transporter, we were wide open for the first 20 laps of your practice run. It was pretty cool.”
 
 

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