Richard Childress Racing
NNS Boyd Gaming 300 Preview
March 5, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Boyd Gaming 300
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
RCR's NNS in Sin City ... In 28 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, team owner Richard Childress has two victories and has led 334 laps in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. RCR has also earned 10 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.
RCR Replay of Phoenix ... In last Saturday's Blue Jeans Go Green 200, the RCR Nationwide stable posted Ty Dillon in 10th, Brian Scott in 11th and Brendan Gaughan in 16th on the leader board of the rain-shortened race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Get to the Points ... RCR's three full-time Nationwide Series Ty Dillon ranks fourth, Brendan Gaughan sixth and Brian Scott eighth in the championship point standings, leading into this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Meet the RCR Drivers ... Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman are scheduled to hold an autograph session beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the South Point Hotel & Casino. Come out for your chance to meet the RCR drivers "Tradin' Paint" with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 fans.
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 Boyd Gaming 300 will be televised live on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and broadcasted live on PRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Whitetail Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... After missing the pole position by nearly two one thousands of a second last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, Brian Scott and his No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro will once again race chassis No. 110 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This chassis has finished 14th or better in the seven previous races it has been utilized. Scott earned an eighth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway last March.
Sin City Stats ... Scott will be making his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend in the Boyd Gaming 300. In four previous starts, Scott has an average start of seventh and an average finish of 22nd. Scott captured his best starting position, third, and best finishing position, ninth, last season in his Richard Childress Racing Camaro. Scott also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Did you know? ... The Whitetail Club will shine on the hood of the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday afternoon. Whitetail was the primary partner during Scott's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Daytona 500 debut at Daytona International Speedway and at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend. 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.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Meet the RCR Drivers ... Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman will be holding an hour long autograph session from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the South Point Hotel & Casino. Come out for your chance to meet the RCR drivers.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott qualified on the outside pole for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway missing the top speed by only two one thousands of a second. The field was brought down pit road on lap 167 for an accident on the back stretch in addition to rain that started to dampen the asphalt surface. It continued to fall ending the NNS race, despite a valiant effort by NASCAR and the track crews to dry the surface. The 11th-place finish movec Scott up three positions in the driver point standings to eighth heading into Saturday's NNS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the first 1.5-mile track of the season. How do you feel about your Whitetail Chevrolet?
"I think Las Vegas will really show us who worked the hardest in the off-season. The 1.5-mile program is the most important race type on the Nationwide schedule. They are the majority of our races. Normally, whoever can dominate and control the 1.5-mile track, they have the best chance of going on to be a champion. Each year you see different teams stepping up to the plate. We didn't have this program with our Camaro last year with the new nose style figured out quite right. I think we learned a lot through the year. The guys worked really hard on all aspects of our 1.5-mile program during the off-season and I really hope everyone is chasing RCR when we get to the 1.5-mile tracks."
Is Las Vegas one of your favorite tracks on the tour?
"Yes. I would say Phoenix and Las Vegas are two of my favorite cities. They are close to my home state of Idaho, so I have a lot of family and friends that come out. There are a lot of areas we travel to during the NASCAR season that I really enjoy; even some of the more low-key places like Road America. I think New Hampshire is beautiful. City wise, everybody loves to go to Las Vegas. I like gambling, I like playing Black Jack, but I don't gamble a lot of money."
No. 3 Jiffy Lube/Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Jiffy Lube/Red Kap Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot NASCAR Nationwide Series chassis No. 136 in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300. Last season this chassis was raced at Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, recording a top-five finish in both races by the No. 3 team. This will be the first time it will be featured at LVMS.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Dillon is making his second-career Nationwide Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last March, Dillon drove the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet to an 11th place finish and, in the Camping World Truck Series race in September, won the pole award in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado.
Last week at Phoenix International Raceway ... The No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro finished 10th in a rain-shortened race. The red flag came out on lap 168 and Dillon earned his second top-10 finish of the season. He was the second-place rookie of the race and currently sits fourth in the Nationwide Series points standings.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Fans have an opportunity to meet Ty at an autograph session in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 6 at South Point Hotel & Casino beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs with RCR teammates Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott, Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon. Additionally, Dillon is scheduled to stop by the Las Vegas Bass Pro Shops on 8200 Dean Martin Dr. for a meet-and-greet and autographs, beginning at 6 p.m. PT on that same day, as well.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
You won a pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last September. What are your thoughts heading into this weekend?
"Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a great race track and a great town to visit. We always look forward to this weekend on our schedule. I had a chance to run in a Nationwide Series race there last season and the Truck Series race in September, so I definitely learned a lot. We hope to get a good run in this weekend and keep our eye on the goal of winning a championship this season."
No. 33 Trackett Flooring/Menards Chevrolet
This Week's Tarkett Flooring/Menards car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Matt Crafton will pilot chassis No. 120 in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared car was driven to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2013 and earned two additional top-five finishes last season.
Returning to Nationwide with RCR ... This weekend, Crafton returns to the seat of the No. 33 Tarkett Flooring/Menards car. This marks his fourth-career Nationwide Series start, having made impressive runs at Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway last year. In his 2013 series efforts, the Tulare, Calif. native qualified inside the top eight and earned two third-place finishes and three top-10 finishes behind the wheel of the No. 33 entry.
LVMS Stats ... While this weekend marks Crafton's first-career Nationwide Series start at the D-shaped oval, he has 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt. Among those starts, he has five top-five (three second-place finishes) and six top-10 finishes along with 63 laps led.
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Race Rewind ... In his last appearance with RCR, Crafton started from the fifth positioni and took the checkered flag in third place at Kentucky Speedway last September.
MATT CRAFTON QUOTE:
"I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. We had some really good runs last year in the Nationwide Series races we ran together. We led laps and I can't wait to get back with the team and build on what we did last year. I can't thank Menards enough for allowing me to race some Nationwide Series races with RCR, again, this year."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 130 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Boyd Gaming 300. Last season, this Chevrolet Camaro was utilized by Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland Speedway in September and by Paul Menard at Kansas Speedway in October, who both brought home top-10 finishes.
Gaughan's Hometown Stats ... Gaughan will make his fourth start in the NNS series at his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In three starts, Gaughan has accumulated one top-five and two top-10 finishes. To add to his finishes, he has led seven laps and completed 100 percent of the laps ran with an average finish of 8.3. He head into the Las Vegas race weekend sixth in driver championship point standings.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Returns 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 ... The South Point has a total of 2,163 rooms with the top floor containing all suites. Guests can enjoy views of the glittering Las Vegas valley or the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room functions more like a mini-suite with state-of-the-art LED screens and high speed internet connections. Rooms feature pacific color patterns reminiscent of the Southern California lifestyle.
In the Rearview Mirror: Phoenix International Raceway ... Starting from the 14th position, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino battled a tight-race car all day. The rain-shortened Blue Jeans Go Green 200 put a halt on the No. 62 Chevrolet efforts to return to the front after a speeding penalty on pit road.
Don't Miss You Chance to Meet the Las Vegas Native ... Fans will have several opportunities to meet Brendan Gaughan this weekend. On Thursday, March 6, the RCR drivers will be participating in a meet and greet at South Point Hotel & Casino from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Friday, March 7, meet Gaughan and Jamie Little at the Southern Nevada Racing Network booth in the Midway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 11:20 a.m PT.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"Racing in Las Vegas has always been special to me because the people in this town have been so supportive of my family. It feels good to show up and know that the locals are really cheering for you. We are ready to rebound from the short race in Phoenix and continue the No. 62 team's momentum from Daytona. We are typically pretty strong at this track and I can't wait to see what this RCR Chevrolet can do."