Richard Childress Racing
Bristol Motor Speedway: Food City 500 Preview
March 12, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event - Food City 500
Date - Sunday, March 16, 2014
Venue - Bristol Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 143 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing boasts nine wins - seven with Dale Earnhardt, one with Kevin Harvick and one with Jeff Burton - three pole awards, 32 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has led 3,665 laps at the "World's Fastest Half Mile."
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,390 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 44 pole awards,105 wins, 450 top-five finishes and 950 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, six 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.
Save Kids' Lives by Joining the Childress Champions ... Help support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma by selecting your favorite driver when making a bronze level donation of $33 (Austin Dillon), $27 (Paul Menard) or $31 (Ryan Newman) to CIPT. To make a tax deductable donation, visit: https://www.wakehealth.edu/OnlineGift.htm?fid=45. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit www.InjuredKids.org.
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 - @RCR3ADillon, @RCR27PMenard, @RCR31RNewman, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @RyanJNewman. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages - www.facebook.com/austindillon3 , www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.
Catch the Action ... The Food City 500 will be televised live Sunday, March 16 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Realtree/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Realtree/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 430 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced to a 24th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2. The Gil Martin-led team utilized this RCR-prepared chassis on two occasions during the 2013 season, finishing first (Phoenix International Raceway, November) and third (Chicagoland Speedway, September).
Dillon at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Dillon has four Bristol Motor Speedway starts to his credit in the Nationwide Series, posting a pair of top-five finishes at the 0.533-mile short track. He earned a career-best, third-place finish in his most recent appearance at the track in August 2014. He has also earned finishes of 11th (May 2013), 12th (March 2012) and fourth (August 2012). He has two starts at BMS in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 17th in 2010 and 23rd in 2011.
Welcome Realtree ... Realtree's presence on the No. 3 Chevrolet this weekend continues a friendship between the Dillon/Childress family and Realtree designer and president Bill Jordan that dates as far back as 1997 when the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor first began sponsoring No. 3 Chevrolets fielded by Childress and driven by Dale Earnhardt.
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Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 13th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to greet race fans at the Richard Childress Racing merchandise hauler located in the Fan Midway area at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
We are heading to Bristol Motor Speedway. Do you enjoy short track racing?
"I enjoy Bristol Motor Speedway. I enjoyed the last NASCAR Nationwide Series race there. I don't know what to expect for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars because there is so much horsepower in that little bullring. In the Nationwide cars, I felt like it took me about two years to get the hang of it. During my fourth race I felt like that was the best race I have had, so experience will be big at Bristol Motor Speedway. We'll just have to learn. We have those rookie stripes on the back and it will be one of those places where you just have to stay in the race the whole time and fight until the end."
How much has Bristol Motor Speedway changed? Is the groove still right up there next to the outside wall?
"Yeah, the groove is almost like the Darlington Speedway line now. You've got to get up there in it. If the car will rotate, it is nice to be able to cut underneath someone so that's what you kind of work on, if you can just kind of work a lane below those guys, it's nice."
Is it frustrating as a driver working a lane below and having to take 10 to 15 laps, sometimes more, to pass someone that is able to keep your momentum off on the outside lane?
"It definitely wears on you. You almost put a slide on them, like in a dirt car. It's frustrating because you're working and you know your car is faster than them, but there is not much you can do to pass them, even if you are faster. You do have to stay patient, make the move when it counts and track position will be huge."
No. 27 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 403 in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has been a workhouse for the Richard Childress Racing stable, testing and racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last month, it was utilized in a test session at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Bristol by the Numbers ... Menard is making his 259th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Sunday. At the 0.533-mile, high-banked oval of Bristol Motor Speedway he has 13 previous starts. Through those starts, the native of Eau Claire, Wisc. has one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His best start of fourth and finish of fifth took place for this race in 2011. His average starting position is 18.9 and finishing position is 17.7. Menard has completed 6,490 of 6,509 laps attempted (99.7 percent) and has led 100 circuits. His last five, of six, finishes have been top-10s and four of those last six were top-10 starts.
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Race Rewind ... In this race last year at Bristol Motor Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet SS from fifth place and finished ninth to earn his third-consecutive top-10 finish at the track.
One Week Ago ... Last Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Menard started 21st, led six laps and finished in a very respectable third place. As a result, he currently sits 18th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings heading into the fourth race of the 2014 season.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What will it take to be successful at Bristol Motor Speedway?
"We've put together some pretty good starts and finishes at Bristol in recent years. Qualifying is going to be interesting for the No. 27 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet team this weekend with the new format. We just need to be proactive during the first session and try to make it into the top-12 fast cars to get the pole, or at least a good starting position. For the race, this is a track where it's important to find a good rhythm early and keep that pace going for all 500 laps. It was a great race for us last weekend in Las Vegas, and we're hoping to keep that momentum going for this team."
No. 31 Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge SS at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 438 in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is brand new in competition. It was utilized in two test sessions at Nashville Superspeedway in December and January, in addition to Charlotte Motor Speedway in December.
Newman at the World's Fastest Half-Mile ... In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004, as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned one top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place was August 2004. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10th and average finish of 17th. He's led a total of 112 laps in competition.
What is the Point? ... Newman ranks ninth in the championship point standings entering the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of 2014.
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Tune In Alert ... Animal Planet's "TANKED" stars Wayde King and Brett Raymer transform Ryan and Krissie Newman's animal rescue facility, Rescue Ranch, on Friday's edition at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the popular cable network. The episode brings to life a functional aquatic desk for the entrance of Rescue Ranch located in Statesville, N.C. For this pet-passionate couple, King and Raymer customize a multi-piece desk freshwater tank on site with handmade animal sculptures and coral alongside an array of exotic fish. To pinpoint the theme, the duo recreates a variety of animals that can be found at the center including a Bulldog, Golden Labrador, rabbits, turtles and snakes, as well as a life-like NASCAR helmet taking center stage that incorporates the sporty side of the Richard Childress Racing driver.
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Race Rewind ... Last season for this race, Newman started 31st and persevered to record his 13th top-10 finish at the half-mile track by crossing the finish line in eighth place.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are you expecting at Bristol Motor Speedway?
"I love Bristol Motor Speedway because Bristol is Bristol. There really isn't anything like it. I think it's really fun now that we get to run up against the wall and getting to do slide jobs. There is just so much good racing there. We've had two strong weeks and I don't see why we can't keep this momentum going in the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge Chevrolet."
Are you happy with you new situation and are you settling in?
"We've had two strong performances so far with the good runs at Phoenix International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the RCR Chevrolet. Everybody at RCR is doing a good job and our partners, Caterpillar and Quicken Loans, are having fun as we continue to get going. I was really disappointed at Daytona in not being able to show our stuff and getting crashed out when we did, because we really did have a fast race car. So, I guess I, in a roundabout way, feel bad about that for two different reasons. I didn't show my stuff early so you could tell, and then at the end, I never could show my stuff because we got crashed. But in the end, it was a relief to know we had a fast car. Sunday at Vegas, we had a really good comeback for our Caterpillar Chevrolet. It was a good effort for the team and it was a good points day. If we keep running like that, we'll put it in the top five and if we do that, we'll win. I'm just proud of the guys and everybody from Caterpillar and Chevrolet and RCR. Everybody did a good job and it was great to do it in front of all our Caterpillar guests. We had more than 700 CAT folks in Las Vegas with us, so I am glad we were able to put on a good show for them."