Richard Childress Racing
Blue Jeans Go Green 200 News&Notes
February 25, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Location: Phoenix International Raceway
RCR NNS at "The Desert Jewel" ... Team owner Richard Childress has three victories at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. RCR has also earned 20 top-five, 27 top-10 finishes and led 539 laps in 47 starts at one-mile oval.
RCR Daytona Rewind ... In last Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300, the RCR Nationwide stable posted a sixth-place finish with Brendan Gaughan, seventh with Ty Dillon and 17th with Brian Scott at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon was the highest finishing rookie, making him the first Sunoco Rookie of the Race in 2014.
Get to the Points ... RCR's three full-time Nationwide Series drivers Brendan Gaughan ranks fourth, Ty Dillon fifth and 11th with Brian Scott in the championship point standings heading into this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Social Media ... To stay on track with the latest news, information and to view exclusive, behind the scenes content visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Catch the Action ... Coverage of this weekend's Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives will be televised live on Saturday, March 1, beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET on ABC and live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Whitetail Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Brian Scott will wheel chassis No. 110 in this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Richard Childress Racing chassis has been used in six previous races, all of which have a 14th-place finish or better. Scott earned an eighth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway last March.
Phoenix Stats ... Scott will be making his 10th Nationwide Series start in the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, the Fabric of our Lives. In nine starts at PIR, the 26-year-old has collected three top-10 finishes. Scott also has a NASCAR Camping World Truck victory he claimed in 2012. In addition to the victory in four NCWTS starts, he has completed 100 percent of the laps raced with two top five and two top-10 finishes with 48 laps led.
Did you know? ... The Whitetail Club will shine on the hood of the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday afternoon and was the primary partner during Scott's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 debut last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The bright orange, white and black scheme will support the McCall, Idaho living community on Payette Lake, just two hours north of Boise, Idaho for the 200-lap event.
Double Duty ... Scott will once again pull double duty this weekend at PIR. In addition to competing in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Scott is scheduled to drive the No. 33 Whitetail Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, March, 2. The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America is live on FOX at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Rearview Mirror ... Scott competed in both the Nationwide Series and Cup Series events last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The team had a Chevrolet Camaro capable of winning Saturday's 120-lap event, but was stuck in the draft at the end of the race, finishing 17th. Scott currently sits 11th in the Nationwide series driver point standings. In only his second Cup series start, Scott finished 25th after his team fought for position during the 200-lap race. As superspeedway racing goes, Scott found himself collected in three on-track accidents, but still managed to finish his Daytona 500 debt.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about racing at Phoenix?
"Well, you always have a little more confidence going to a race track where you have won before. So, I feel good about Phoenix. It's always nice to go to Phoenix and get the season rolling. Daytona is crazy and busy and Phoenix is where you really get in your groove. Hopefully we will be able to get in an entire qualifying session this weekend and really see how the format pans out. I think this weekend will be a test for us all."
How do you feel about racing double duty?
"It's all about experience, seat and track time. I'm trying to get a few Sprint Cup races under my belt to go out and learn from the series' veterans. Daytona was a great experience, but it is also superspeedway racing. Phoenix, California and Charlotte will be the tracks that will be a true testament to driving at the Sprint Cup level."
No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 125 in Saturday's Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, the Fabric of our Lives. Nationwide Series chassis No. 125 was utilized last season by older brother Austin Dillon twice at Phoenix International Raceway, twice at Richmond International Raceway and at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Phoenix International Raceway ... This will be Dillon's first-career start at Phoenix International Raceway in a Nationwide Series car. He has made two previous starts in the Camping World Truck Series in 2012 and 2013, finishing 15th and fourth, respectively.
Seventh-place finish at Daytona International Speedway ... The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet finished seventh last Saturday in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon qualified 23rd, and was able to drive the Chevrolet Camaro to a top-10 finish in the first race of the season, despite being penalized on pit road for speeding on lap 72. He was the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to cross the finish line, and currently sits fifth in the driver points standings.
WESCO continues partnership with RCR ... WESCO will be a primary sponsor in 2014 for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro, continuing its two-year relationship with Richard Childress Racing. WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2013 annual sales were approximately $7.5 billion. The company employs approximately 9,200 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates nine fully automated distribution centers and approximately 475 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender ... This season, Dillon is competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide Series, after winning the honors in 2012 in the NASACR Camping World Truck Series.
Meet Ty Dillon ... On Thursday, Feb. 27, Dillon will be at the Mesa, Arizona Bass Pro Shops on 1133 N. Dobson Rd. at 6 p.m. MT to sign autographs and speak with fans.
Additionally, fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Dillon on Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. MT at the Team Chevy Stage located in the PIR Midway. Following the Team Chevy Stage appearance, Dillon will sign autographs at the Dillon merchandise hauler located in the Midway from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed on Friday morning on a first-come, first-served basis. A wristband guarantees one autograph per holder.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts moving on to the second race of the season?
"I'm super excited to get to Phoenix. All of the pre-season hype is behind us now. We were able to drive a really fast race car to a top-10 finish last week in Daytona, so we want to keep that momentum going into the next race. Our No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro is going to be great this weekend - I know our guys have been putting a lot of time in at the shop to prepare for a couple of races out west."
Describe working with crew chief Danny Stockman in your first race of the season.
"Danny and I have a great relationship on and off the race track. I was around those guys a lot last year when my brother was driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. And, we had worked together before in the ARCA Series presented by Menard's and had some great success. I think he and the guys made some really good calls this past Saturday and we were able to come up with a top-10 finish in the first race of the season."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 134 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Blue Jeans Go Green 200. Last season, this Chevrolet Camaro was utilized by Ty Dillon at Richmond International Raceway in September and by Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway in November, where Harvick finished ninth.
Gaughan's Phoenix Stats ... The Las Vegas-native returns to Phoenix International Raceway in the Nationwide Series for the first time since 2012. In only five Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix, Gaughan has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Gaughan has accumulated one top-five and two top-10 finishes, as well as averaging a 14.6 finish.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Returning as the primary sponsor for the No. 62 Chevrolet, South Point Hotel offers more than 2,100 guestrooms and overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip. The Casino offers top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center; and a 165,000-square foot convention center; South Point Arena and Equestrian Center features more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country's most unique events. For more information, call (702) 796-7111 or visit www.southpointcasino.com.
A South Point "Did You Know" ... South Point Hotel & Casino features a state of the art, 64 lane Bowling Center offering a main center aisle with 32 lanes of bowling on each side.
In the Rearview Mirror: Daytona International Speedway ... Starting from the 27th position, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team raced their way to the front of the field in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, The team utilized fuel strategy to finish sixth, Gaughan's highest finishing position at Daytona. He currently sits fourth in the driver point standings.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway?
"Anytime we race on the West coast I feel a sense of territorial pride. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and I have had a lot of good runs at Phoenix over the years together and hope we can add another to the books this weekend. The entire No. 62 team and I are hoping to use our momentum from our sixth-place finish at Daytona to be a competitive front running team, and to bring home a good finish. I want to make sure I take care of business on what I like to call, my turf."