Richard Childress Racing
October 1, 2013
Nationwide Series Preview for Kansas Speedway
Brian makes his 200th NASCAR Start, Austin looks to take the championship points lead, Paul pulls double duty and Dakoda Armstrong is back on the Nationwide side. Read about what they have going on in Kansas.
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Kansas Lottery 300
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Location: Kansas Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Kansas Speedway ... In 25 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win (Kevin Harvick in 2006), among nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. RCR entries have completed 91.2 percent of laps attempted, with 220 laps led.
RCR in the NNS ... In 956 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, RCR has earned 66 wins, 49 pole awards, 322 top-five and 534 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 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 Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 28 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 25 top-five and 45 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards 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 point leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by four points, while Brian Scott is seventh, 73 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 @DakodaArmstrong and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3, and facebook.com/PaulMenard27.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Kansas Lottery 300 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Oct. 5 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Fast Fixin' Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Fast Fixin Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series travels to the home state of Dorothy Gale and Kansas Speedway for 300 miles of Nationwide Series action. Brian Scott and the No. 2 Fast Fixin' team will bring chassis No.115 to the 1.5 mile, D-shaped oval. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet was most recently run at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where Scott started on the outside of the front row and finished ninth. Earlier this season, this chassis was on track at Dover International Speedway in June earning a 14th-place finish and Bristol Motor Speedway in March where he started eighth and finished 10th. In 2012, Ty Dillon utilized this Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (finished third) and Richmond International Raceway (finished seventh) while Elliott Sadler raced it at Kansas Speedway (finished fourth).
200th NASCAR Start ... This Saturday's Nationwide Series race will mark Scott's 200th NASCAR start. The date was September 15th, 2007, "Crank That" by Soulja Boy was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, "The Brave One" starring Jodie Foster was No. 1 at the US Box Office and the then 19-year-old driver made his first NASCAR start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in the No. 16 for Xpress Motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Since his debut six years ago, he has earned two Camping World Truck Series wins at Dover International Speedway (2009) and Phoenix International Raceway (2012), 11 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. Scott transitioned to fulltime Nationwide Series competition in 2008 and has earned two pole awards, eight top-five and 35 top-10 finishes. Thus far this season, he earned his career-best Nationwide Series finish of second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway, and is scheduled to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12.
Scott's Sunflower State History ... Scott has four Nationwide Series starts to his credit at Kansas Speedway. The RCR driver has three starts inside the top-10 holding an average of 8.8, with his best start of third coming during this event one year ago and holds an average finish of 19.5. He also has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit with a best finish of third, along with three laps led in the 2009 event.
Fixin' To Be Fast ... Fast Fixin' will adorn the hood of the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for the second time this season at Kansas Speedway. Under the AdvancePierre Foods umbrella, Fast Fixin' is the fast, fun way to feed the family that's always a winner from start to finish. With seven different chicken varieties, made with all white meat, whether it's chicken fries, popcorn chicken, nuggets, patties, strips or Dino Bites, find Fast Fixin' in your local grocer's freezer.
Points, Points, Points ... Scott remains seventh in Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 79 markers back from leader Sam Hornish, Jr. The No. 2 Fast Fixin' driver continues to chip away at the competition and is only 26 points outside of the top five.
Last Race at Kansas ... Scott qualified third in last year's edition of the Kansas Lottery 300 but battled a loose-handling chassis during event before posting a 26th-place finish. The Boise, Idaho driver is looking for personal redemption at the track this year and hopes that he will be able to clinch his best finish at Kansas Speedway during his first season with RCR.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What was your experience like last year on the new pavement at Kansas Speedway?
"Unfortunately, I remember a lot. I was spinning around quite a bit during the race last year. We qualified third and were running second for the first run of the race. We were really fast, but way too loose and the thing (car) was just mean in dirty air."
How will you prepare for your second time back at Kansas Speedway on the fresh pavement?
"I know when we go there with Richard Childress Racing it'll be more about getting stability for dirty air, and not necessarily about trimming it out and going fast. The new pavement has so much grip that you can go fast by yourself, but it can really bite you when you get around other cars; I was a victim of that last year."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 131 in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Dillon has driven this Chevrolet Camaro on one previous occasion, finishing fourth at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
Dillon at Kansas Speedway ... Dillon has one Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway, earning a second-place finish after starting second in last year's edition of the race. He made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the track in 2011, posting a 26th-place finish in an entry fielded by Mike Curb. He has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, finishing 12th in June 2011 and sixth in May 2010. In addition, he has one Camping World Truck Series pole award at the track (June 2011).
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), leads the series in Laps in the Top-15 (91.7 percent), has led the second-most laps (516), ranks second in Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.33 percent), ranks third in Average Running Position (8.673), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (102.5), is the third-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.000), and ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (333).
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks second in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings, four markers shy of Sam Hornish, Jr.'s point lead with five races remaining this season.
Think Pink ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of Pink Lemonade AdvoCare Spark® this weekend on the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro to help show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dillon plans to wear a pink Sparco firesuit, helmet and other pink assets this weekend to support the cause.
Get Sparked ... An energy drink mix and the most popular product from AdvoCare, Pink Lemonade is one of several flavors of Spark available. AdvoCare is an award-winning premier health and wellness company offering 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 also an AdvoCare Independent Distributor. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, AdvoBars 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 Kansas 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 $28,000 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.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What will it take to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship this year?
"I think it's going to take top-five finishes, and by top five finishes, I don't mean you can finish fifth every weekend for the rest of the year and win the championship. I think you need to finish in the top-three consistently. Sam Hornish, Jr. and I are both really competitive and in order to win the championship, the No. 3 team is going to have to finish ahead of him every weekend. Kansas Speedway is a mile-and-a-half track where we have performed well at in the past. I'm really comfortable there and looking forward to this weekend's race."
No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's WinField Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... Dakoda Armstrong will pilot Chassis No. 118 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Armstrong has driven this RCR-prepared machine three times this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Chicagoland Speedway in July and Kentucky Speedway in September.
Final Run ... Armstrong returns to the Nationwide Series program this weekend for his fifth and final scheduled appearance of the 2013 season with RCR. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular has earned three top-15 finishes in his four previous starts this season.
Sunflower State Stats ... Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 marks Armstrong's first Nationwide Series appearance at Kansas Speedway and his sixth-career Nationwide Series start. The Indiana native has two Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit at the 1.5-mile facility, with two top-15 finishes.
WinField on the Hood ... WinField, a Land O'Lakes company, offers top-performing seed and crop protection products and will adorn the hood of the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Kansas Speedway. With unmatched agricultural expertise and performance as core company values, WinField brands match leading seed and crop protection products to help growers, dealers and other industry partners achieve high levels of success. WinField brands include CROPLAN® seed, crop protection products, plant nutrients and other proprietary products. Backed with unrivaled technical services and knowledge, WinField™ products deliver outstanding solutions and value for the agricultural industry.
Heading to the Chevy Stage ... Armstrong is schedule to visit the Team Chevy stage prior to the Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:15 a.m. Central Time for a fan question-and-answer session.
Race Rewind: Kentucky Speedway ... In his last Nationwide Series appearance, Armstrong drove the No. 21 WinField Chevrolet to a career-best 13th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in September after starting from the 21st position.
DAKODA ARMSTRONG QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on competing for Richard Childress Racing in your final NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season at Kansas Speedway?
"It's going to be great to get back in the (NASCAR) Nationwide Series car with the same Richard Childress Racing team I worked with just two weeks ago. I think the short break will definitely play to my advantage, just because I'm comfortable with these guys and I'll spend a lot less time getting accustomed to the car again. After a pretty solid run at Kentucky (Speedway), I think we can use some momentum from there and carry it over to Kansas (Speedway) this week. The track has changed a lot since they repaved it and it's going to be completely different from Kentucky. I think the most important thing we'll need to run up front is plain speed there, because handling doesn't come into play quite as much anymore with the new pavement. I know Marcus Richmond (crew chief) and this crew will have our WinField Camaro dialed in right off the truck, and hopefully we can close out my last Nationwide Series race of the year with a top-10 finish."
No. 33 Menards Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 130 at Kansas Speedway. This No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was previously run this season at Chicagoland Speedway where Kevin Harvick drove it to a ninth-place finish.
Sunflower State Stats ... Menard has seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Kansas Speedway. His best start of first came in 2004 and best finish of fourth in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 1,365 of 1,410 laps attempted (96.8 percent) at the 1.5-mile track, leading 110 of them.
Gotta Have a Rheem ... Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR's No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday afternoon. 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.
Race Rewind ... Starting fifth, Menard led the most laps (110) before finishing 16th after running out of fuel two laps shy of the checkered flag in last year's Nationwide Series event at Kansas Speedway.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Kansas Speedway?
"I'm looking forward to going back to Kansas (Speedway) to run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event this weekend. We led the most laps there in last year's race before coming up short on fuel in a green-white-checkered finish. We had the best car there last fall and I know the No. 33 team will give me another fast Rheem/Menards Chevrolet this weekend. This is my last Nationwide race of the season, so it would really be nice to get a win for No. 33 the guys. Kansas is a fast track and hopefully the racing groove will be a bit wider this time around than it was in the spring."