Richard Childress Racing
March 12, 2014
Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Preview
The Nationwide Series heads to Thunder Valley
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway
RCR at Thunder Valley ... Richard Childress Racing has accumulated impressive stats at Bristol Motor Speedway in 60 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts. RCR has led 1,776 laps, collected seven victories, five pole awards, 25 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes.
Richard Childress Racing Las Vegas Rewind ... In last Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton and Brendan Gaughan posted seventh, 11th, 12th and 16th place finishes, respectively.
Get to the Points ... Currently all three Richard Childress Racing full-time Nationwide Series drivers are inside the top-10 driver championship point standings. Ty Dillon ranks fourth, Brian Scott sixth and Brendan Gaughan seventh leading into this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
RCR adds a Fresh Face at Bristol ... Cale Conley will make his Nationwide Series debut in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes. Conley will run a limited schedule and pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro with Nick Harrison as the crew chief.
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, @RCR62BGaughan and @RCR33NNS. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon, @Brendan62 and @CaleConley. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Catch the Action ... Coverage of this weekend's Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes will be televised live on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on PRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 101. This chassis will be making its 15th start as part of the Richard Childress Racing stable. With two victories at Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012 during both spring races, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, this chassis is sure to impress. Scott also dominated the fall Richmond International Raceway race with this chassis capturing the pole and leading 239 of 250 laps finishing the race in second.
The Last Great Colosseum Stats ... Scott will be making his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes at Bristol. In nine previous starts, Scott has captured three top-10 finishes with an average start of 12.3 and an average finish of 21.6. Scott earned his best starting position, second, and best finishing position, ninth, last season in the fall race at the 0.533-mile speedway. Scott also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track.
Shore Lodge Back on Track ... Shore Lodge will serve as the primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
What are your points? ... The No. 2 Shore Lodge team enters Thunder Valley sixth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott qualified fifth for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. The No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro battled loose conditions in the opening laps of the event, but never fell outside of the top-10. The Richard Childress Racing team continued to work on the loose conditions during the three pit stops made in Sin City. The hard work paid off for the Camaro team as they gathered a solid foundation for the 1.5-mile program and finished seventh. The finish is the first top-10 of the season for the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, moving the team up two positions in the driver point standings to sixth heading into Bristol Motor Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Are you a fan of short track racing?
"I am, at Bristol we qualified outside pole last year. We had a fast Camaro and I think we have a lot of potential to have really strong runs at Bristol. You also have potential to have something happen and suffer some damage. I think Bristol will be a good place for our Shore Lodge Chevrolet. I'm excited for this short track."
Do you prefer Bristol during the day or night?
"I like it at night. It's just cool racing Bristol under the lights; it's a neat track. Ever since the repave, every time we go there everything is a little bit different. Last year, you couldn't get too close to the wall and the line was as high as I've ever seen it at Bristol. It's been high, but it seemed to be especially high last fall when we raced there. Goodyear is always tweaking the tire compounds to make them better. If they tweak and change them a little bit, everything might change."
No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot NASCAR Nationwide Series chassis No. 116 in Saturday's Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 300. Dating back to August 2012, the chassis has raced in eight races, including a third-place finish last August in Bristol. The chassis' best finish came in June 2013 at Iowa Speedway when Austin Dillon earned a second-place finish after qualifying on the pole.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Last August, Dillon drove the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to a seventh-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, his best Nationwide Series finish of the season. This will be his second career Nationwide Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dillon has two starts in the Camping World Truck Series at Bristol.
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. partners with RCR for 2014 season ... Richard Childress Racing welcomes D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. as a primary sponsor for its 2014 No. 3 Nationwide Series program. Saturday's Drive for Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 300 will be Yuengling's debut as a primary sponsor in a NASCAR event. Based in Pottsville, Pa., D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, is family owned and operated since 1829. Principal Beer brands include Traditional Lager, Light Lager, Premium, Light, Black and Tan, Dark Brewed Porter, and Lord Chesterfield Ale. For more information, visit www.yuengling.com.
Celebrating 185 years of Yuengling beer ... D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, is celebrating its 185th anniversary this year. Family owned and operated since 1829, Yuengling is based in Pottsville, Pa. Fans can celebrate its 185th anniversary and win Yuengling Light Lager apparel this week by tweeting and posting their congratulations using #185thAnniversary.
Last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... The No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro finished 11th after qualifying on the pole, which was Dillon's first-career Nationwide Series pole and second-career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dillon jumped out in front and led the first seven laps before battling a loose race car and two speeding penalties on pit road. He was the second rookie to cross the stripe and currently sits fourth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Fans have an opportunity to meet Dillon on Friday, March 14 at two Food City grocery stores around the Bristol area. The first is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. at the Food City on 1320 Euclid Ave Bristol, Va., the second from 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Food City on 5970 Hwy 11 E Piney Flats, Tenn. Sixth generation Yuengling, Wendy Yuengling-Baker, will also be in attendance at both Food City's for a meet-and-greet and autograph session.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"I'm excited to go to Bristol and run our first race with Yuengling Light Lager on the car. Bristol has been a really good track for me in the past, I got to run the Nationwide Series race there last year and ran pretty well. I'm excited to go with a new group of guys who are the championship-winning team from last year. We've had a great start to our season and I see Bristol as point where we can really run well and have a chance at a win."
What did you learn last season at Bristol Motor Speedway after recording a top-10 finish in a Nationwide Series car?
"The biggest thing I learned was what it takes for the car to handle to be able to race in the top-five and be able to win. I think I got the experience I need to be able to win a race at Bristol. To be able to run so well our first time out ,I think its a big help for the future there."
No. 33 Okuma Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's OKUMA Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Cale Conley will pilot chassis No. 089 in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet last saw track action at Bristol in the 2013 August event where teammate Brendan Gaughan earned a 15th-place finish. Additionally, this chassis has been raced at Auto Club Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
Young Gun Makes His First Nationwide Series Start ... Cale Conley will make his first career Nationwide Series start. The Vienna, W. Va. native will run a limited schedule and will team up with crew chief Nick Harrison. The 21-year old driver has competed throughout the open wheeled ranks including the World of Outlaws. In 2011, Conley made his K&N Pro Series debut and has since recorded one win, four pole awards, eight top-five and 10 top-10 career finishes. The Richard Childress Racing driver claimed his first career K&N Pro Series East victory in dominating fashion at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2012 after starting on the outside pole and leading all 150 laps.
Joining the List ... Conley joins a long list of drivers who have made their first career Nationwide Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Richard Childress Racing driver will join 36 other NASCAR drivers who have made their first career Nationwide Series start in Thunder Valley. Other notable drivers include, David Pearson, Brett Bodine, Dave Marcis, RCR No. 31 Sprint Cup Engineer Matt McCall and Trevor Bayne. He will also be the third youngest driver to make his series debut at the Last Great Colosseum (Behind Trevor Bayne and Stanton Barrett). Conley will be the first Richard Childress Racing driver to make his Nationwide Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Double Duty Driver ... Not only will Conley be making his first Nationwide Series debut Saturday afternoon, but after running 300 laps at the Tennessee bullring he'll step behind the wheel of his K&N Series East machine for 125 more laps around the World's Fastest Half Mile.
About OKUMA ... Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry's only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma.
Follow Cale ... Fan's can follow the young driver on Twitter @CaleConley, Facebook www.facebook.com/caleconleyracing and Instagram @CaleConley
CALE CONLEY QUOTE:
How do you feel about making your first Nationwide Series start with RCR?
"I couldn't be happier to be part of the RCR organization and even more grateful for the opportunity to go out and prove what I've got. That's kind of the good part of it, feelin the pressure that comes into this weekend. All through my racing career, I've been thrown to the wolves and I'm OK with that happenin. I like the challenge. I'm used to this feeling from being with th World of Outlaws to the K&N Series. It's part of it, and you have to do well in order to keep moving up."
How have you prepared for this weekend?
"I've been preparing by being at the track with the No. 33 team and studying in-car footage. I've also been training and conditioning in RCR's gym to be in the best shape from flag -o-flag. It's been a whole new experience so far, and I can't wait to get on track this weekend."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 109 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes. This will be the seventh start for chassis No. 109. This chassis qualified on the pole at Michigan International Speedway in June 2012 and Dover International Speedway in June 2013, in addition to three top-five finishes at Michigan, Indianspolis Motor Speedway in July 2012 and Auto Club Speedway in March 2013.
Gaughan's Stats at Thunder Valley ... Gaughan will make his sixth Nationwide Series start this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. He earned the pole award in March 2009 and led six laps. Gaughan has eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 0.533-mile speedway, with 39 laps led, three top-five and three top-10 finishes to his credit.
A South Point Did You Know ... The South Point Hotel & Casino includes an Arena & Equestrian Center that can be converted from an equestrian event dirt floor to a publicly ticketed multi-purpose venue concrete floor in 18 hours.
In the Rearview Mirror: Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Gaughan started from the 16th position in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 and fought a loose race car throughout the day. After receiving two-speeding penalties on pit road, the No. 62 team was three laps down and ran out of time to bounce back from the penalties. The RCR South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro finished the day in 16th place. The No. 62 team enters Bristol seventh in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Don't Miss You Chance to Meet Gaughan at Bristol ... Gaughan is scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR Merchandise Hauler located outside Turn 2 in the Driver's Souvenir area from 5:40 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed on Friday on a first come, first served basis. A wristband guarantees one autograph per wristband holder. Gaughan will also be participating in the Food City Race Night Wii Boxing Tournament on Friday, March 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the BMS tent in the track's Hospitality Village.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Bristol and how has it changed over the years?
"I love Bristol and really enjoy this generation of Bristol better than the single groove, bottom groove generation. You can finally pass people, who would have ever thought that you could be two and three-wide at a place like Bristol Motor Speedway. That is what makes it so much fun, you can race the competition instead of wrecking them."
Is it frustrating as a driver that it can take 15-20 laps to pass someone since the high line is preferred?
"It is frustrating because, back in the day, I would be the only guy up top, so it's very frustrating to me. I wish they would all go back to the bottom and stay out of my way, but that is racing. That is what we are supposed to do; it is not something that is supposed to be easy. Racing is meant to be tough and you have to learn the different lines to run and how to get by people."