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Sprint Cup Series Preview for Kansas

Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes

Race: Kansas 400
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Location: Kansas Speedway

RCR at Kansas ... In 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. RCR's best finish at Kansas was second in 2007 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization holds an average starting position of 20.9, an average finishing position of 15.8, has completed 12,208 of the 12,398 contested laps (98.5 percent) and has collectively led for 136 laps around the 1.5-mile race track.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,360 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 42 pole awards,103 wins, 446 top-five finishes and 938 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 Dover Rewind ... Last weekend at Dover International Speedway, Kevin Harvick notched his 15th top-10 finish of the season (sixth-place), while Jeff Burton and Paul Menard finished 14th and 18th, respectively.

The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first 29 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 28 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 fourth in the standings. RCR's other two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 17th (Menard) and 20th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.

Testing 1, 2, 3 ... All three RCR Sprint Cup Series entries will take part in the four-hour Goodyear tire test session at Kansas Speedway on Thursday, Oct. 3 from Noon to 4 p.m. Central Time.

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 along with official driver pages:,, and

Catch the Action ... ESPN's live coverage from Kansas Speedway begins Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Paul Menard
No. 27 SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 427 at Kansas Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

Kansas Stats ... Menard has nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway. His best start of second came in 2010 and best finish of third came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,346 of 2,351 laps attempted (99.8 percent) at the Kansas track, leading 17 of them.

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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Radio, channel 90. This will mark Menard's fourth and final Nationwide Series race of the season.

Race Rewind ...
Starting 14th, Menard finished third in last year's Kansas 400, earning his best finish to-date at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Menard's Thoughts on Racing at Kansas Speedway:

"Kansas is a fun track to race on, especially with the new pavement. It's really fast, one of the fastest tracks we race on all year. With the new pavement, the racing groove is narrow and mostly on the bottom of the track. As we continue to run races there, the groove will build up and get wider. It should be a good race and I'm looking forward to going back. We had a really good car there earlier this year and got a top-10 finish. We ran really well there last year also, so we're looking for good things for our Menards/SPLASH Chevrolet SS this weekend."

Kevin Harvick 
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS 
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week's Budweiser Chevrolet SS at Kansas Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Kansas 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 Kansas Speedway.  

Racing in the Sunflower State ... Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway. Throughout the years, the California native has collected one top-five and six top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 19.7, an average finishing position of 12.9, has completed 97.2 percent (3,843 of 3,953) of the laps contested and has 83 laps led to his credit.

See Harvick ... Harvick is schedule to appear in the Finish Line fan hospitality area at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 to 9:20 a.m. Central Time for a fan question-and-answer session. To purchase tickets to the hospitality area please visit,, or call 1.888.341.7223.

Race Rewind ...
After starting from the 10th position, Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team earned an 11th-place finish during the 2012 edition of the fall race at Kansas Speedway after spending much of the 267-lap affair running in the top 20 while battling handling issues.  
The racing surface at Kansas Speedway was recently repaved. How long does it usually take you to adapt to the racing surface as it ages between race weekends and seasons?

"Kansas (Speedway) will be a little different this time because of the tire change Goodyear is making for this race. Because of the tire change we have an open test day at the track before the race weekend begins, so we'll have some extra time to get used to the racing surface and what's going on with the aging and wear. In general, it depends on the environment the track is in that will change the racing surface. The asphalt they use to pave these race tracks now is made to last a long time on roads and it's really not the right asphalt to use for a racing surface. Tracks seem to age a little slower than they did in the past and it's not really what we're used to."

Jeff Burton
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized five times this season at Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and both events at Pocono Raceway.

Burton in the Sunflower State ...
Burton has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the Kansas City, Kan.-based facility with one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best start of 10th and best finish of fifth both came in the 2006 event. The South Boston, Va., native has completed 3,837 of 3,953 laps attempted (97.1 percent) at the 1.5-mile oval, leading seven of them.

Featured Cat Dealers ...
NMC and Foley Equipment will be featured on the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

  • As one of the longest operating Caterpillar dealerships, NMC has served customers with equipment and service solutions since 1938. The company remains customer-focused by providing a comprehensive line of product sales, parts, rental and services vital to the construction, power generation, material handling, on-highway truck, agriculture and railroad industries. Whether it's Caterpillar equipment or another leading equipment manufacturer, NMC continually forges new solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers. Proudly celebrating their 75th anniversary, NMC is grateful to the many dedicated employees and customers who have helped make them a trusted partner. By working hard and together, NMC will continue to serve the communities that have welcomed their business for the last 75 years.
  • From 19 locations in 14 cities, Foley Equipment serves 104 of 105 counties in Kansas and 40 counties in western Missouri, including the Kansas City metropolitan area. Foley specializes in new and used Cat equipment and has full parts and service capabilities. Foley Rental carries a huge assortment of quality allied machines to fit customers' equipment needs. Foley Power Solutions provides power packages for a wide variety of applications and specializes in the design, engineering and fabrication of state-of-the-art engine packages in a vast range of power ratings. For more information, visit

Race Rewind 2012 ...
Contact with another competitor on lap 84 sent Burton's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet spinning into the outside retaining wall and relegated the team to a 28th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October 2012.

What changes do you expect to see from the April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway?

"It's important to understand when you go back to a place which has been recently repaved that you might be going back to a completely different race track. It has been a hot summer in the Midwest part of the country and that typically changes race tracks quite a bit. We have to be open-minded when it comes to our setup for Kansas Speedway. It will also be nice to have that extra day of practice on Thursday leading into the normal race weekend. It will give the Caterpillar team the opportunity to test setups and learn how the track surface has evolved."

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