Richard Childress Racing
VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Preview
April 9, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: Darlington Raceway
Richard Childress Racing at Darlington Raceway ... In 37 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the Track Too Tough to Tame, Richard Childress Racing has one pole award, led 233 laps and accumulated nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. In Nationwide Series starts at Darlington, the organization has an average starting position of 11.7 and an average finishing position of 14.1.
Texas Rewind ... In the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway last Friday night, Ty Dillon finished ninth, Brendan Gaughan 11th and Brian Scott was 12th when the checkered flag waved.
Get to the Points ... Richard Childress Racing's three full-time Nationwide Series drivers remain inside the top-10 of the drivers point standings. Ty Dillon leads the RCR drivers ranking third, only 10 points behind the leader, Brendan Gaughan is sixth and Brian Scott seventh heading into this weekend's race at Darlington 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, @RCR33NNS and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon, @CaleConley and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Coverage of the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Darlington Raceway will be televised live on Friday, April 11, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 126 this weekend at Darlington Raceway. This chassis has finished 17th or better in three previous races it has been utilized. One of which was when Scott earned an 11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last spring.
Scott at The Lady in Black ... Scott will be making his sixth-career start this weekend in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. In five previous starts, Scott captured one top-10 finish, has an average start of 16.4 and an average finish of 19th. Scott finished 14th in the Nationwide Series' last visit to the 1.36-mile track.
Dining at Shore Lodge ... Shore Lodge dining is unlike any other resort. The McCall, Idaho community, along with resort guests have three dining experiences to indulge. The Narrows, an award winning restaurant, has a frequently changing menu with an extensive list of wines and ports. The Lake Grill is your hot spot for breakfast and lunch and is best known for their gourmet burgers. The Narrows Grill is for patrons looking to kick back and enjoy a light snack and a cocktail with live entertainment.
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Darlington Raceway seventh in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Where is Brian? ... On Friday, Scott is scheduled to participate in a NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session at Darlington Speedway in the fan midway in front of the Coca-Cola mobile stage from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified 13th for the 200-lap Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott was racing inside the top-10 within one lap after the initial green flag. Scott continued to fight through the field for the remainder of the race and collected a 12th-place finish. The finish secured Scott's seventh-place position in the driver point standings heading into Darlington Raceway this Friday night.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
After the repaving at Darlington Raceway, it seems like it's getting its own character back. Do you feel that?
"Darlington has always been one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit for me. It's a tough place. Normally, I am able to practice really well there and have really good speed. Then, the race starts and it's just a struggle to race. I feel like it's a struggle to pass, it's a struggle to run side-by-side and it's a struggle to find out what you need in practice for the race. I do feel like the track is wearing out and I think that helps. I think when you have tires that fall off, it is going to make it easier to race it and pass cars. I really hope that's the case. It seems like it's been that way the last couple years. So, I hope to see some more tire wear come into play.
Is it true you have to race the track instead of racing the competition?
"I haven't figured out the right way to race there yet. I've gone in there thinking, I'm not going to worry about anybody. I don't know what the right thing to do is. The first thing you've got to do is have a fast car. I feel like track position at Darlington is the most crucial of anywhere we go. I feel like qualifying well and keeping your car up front is huge. I think a little is luck of the draw. You need the right lane on restarts. But, we'll see. If it wears out and tire wear comes into play, I think that could really change the dynamic of the race a lot."
No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Ty Dillon will pilot NASCAR Nationwide Series chassis No. 116 in Friday's VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. The chassis ran earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway where Dillon finished sixth. Last season the chassis ran five races in the Nationwide Series gathering three top-five finishes, one top-10 and one pole award.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway ... Dillon is making his second-career start at Darlington Raceway. His previous start was last season in the Nationwide Series No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing. After qualifying 15th, Dillon finished 13th in the 147-lap event.
Yuengling Celebrating #185thAnniversary ... 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. Now in its sixth generation of operation, Yuengling beer is available in 16 different states, most recently in Massachusetts. Fans can help celebrate its 185 years of success by posting congratulations on social media using #185thAnniversary. For more information, visit www.yuengling.com.
Grab a Yuengling Summer Wheat ... Hitting stores this month is Yuengling's seasonal Summer Wheat Traditional Weizen Beer. Summer Wheat, available for a limited time, is brewed with a combination of wheat and barley malts, Hallertau hops and authentic Bavarian-style top fermenting yeast. Its flavorful character with overtones of banana and clove esters makes it a perfect match for backyard grilling and while watching the race.
Last Friday at Texas Motor Speedway ... Dillon drove the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to its fifth top-10 finish of the season. After failing to qualifying due to a delay in technical inspection, Dillon was forced to start 38th. It took him only 69 laps to crack the top-10, where he eventually finished ninth in his second-career NNS start at TMS.
What's your points? ... Dillon remains third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings trailing the leader by just 10 markers. The 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C. native has mustered five top-10 finishes and one pole award in six races, thus far. He is also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award where he is currently in second place.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Fans have two opportunities to see Dillon in a question-and-answer session on Friday, April 11. He is scheduled to make a stop at the Team Chevy Stage located in the midway at 12:30 p.m. ET and the fan hospitality area to speak with Motor Racing Network at 6:45 p.m.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"The hospitality at Darlington Raceway is always top-notch and makes for a great racing weekend. I'm excited to race under the lights and put on a show for all the fans that come out. It's cool because it's not too far from the shop, so a lot of family and friends get to come see the action. This will only be my second time racing in Darlington, but I learned a lot last year in the No. 33 car. It's a unique track and we'll have to really hone in and focus during practice on Thursday to get it right for the race."
No. 33 Okuma Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's OKUMA Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Cale Conley will pilot chassis No. 118 in Friday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Darlington Raceway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet saw track action four times in 2013 with Dakoda Armstrong behind the wheel, with a best finish of 15th at Chicagoland Speedway in July. Additionally, this chassis has been raced on three separate occasions in 2012 with a best finish of third at Chicagoland Speedway.
Date Night with The Lady in Black ... Conley will log his first-career laps at The Lady in Black this week in Darlington, S.C. The Vienna, W. Va. native will run a limited schedule teaming up with crew chief Nick Harrison. The 21-year-old driver has competed throughout the open wheel 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 RCR 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.
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.
Meet Cale ... Conley is scheduled to make two appearances Friday at Darlington Raceway. At 12:30 p.m. ET, Conley will join teammate Ty Dillon at the Team Chevy Stage located on the midway. Fans can also meet Conley at the Nationwide Series driver autograph session in the midway area in front of the Coca-Cola fan stage with fellow Series competitors from 1 to 2 p.m.
Last Time Behind the Wheel ... Conley made a strong impression in his Nationwide Series debut last month at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Vienna, W. Va. native qualified his No. 33 OKUMA Chevrolet Camaro 12th and never fell outside the top-15 taking the checkered flag in the 11th spot.
Follow Cale ... Fan's can follow the young driver on Twitter @CaleConley, Facebook www.facebook.com/caleconleyracing and Instagram @CaleConley
CALE CONLEY QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading into Darlington Raceway this week?
"I was able to go down last week with Casey Mears and the No. 13 Cup team for their test at Darlington. Getting to talk with him and ride around the track was helpful and intimidating at the same time. It seems like there's a lot of grip, everything is nice and smooth until it gets out from under you and there isn't room to recover."
What is your approach for the weekend?
"If I approach Darlington like I did Bristol, just calm and easy getting through the weekend with a learning mentality, I think we'll be good. I'm definitely more confident now than I was going into Bristol. All-in-all, I want to come out with the best finish possible while learning as much as I can. It's a heck of a track to go to for your second Nationwide race."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 109 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. This will be the second start this season for the chassis with the previous start at Bristol Motor Speedway where Gaughan qualified 20th and finished seventh. Chassis No. 109 also 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, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012 and Auto Club Speedway in March 2013.
The Track Too Tough To Tame Stats ... The South Point Hotel & Casino driver will make his fourth Nationwide Series start at Darlington Raceway this Friday night. The driver of the No. 62 averages a 12.3 start. Gaughan also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Lady in Black, completing 98.6 percent of laps driven and accumulating one top-five and one top-10.
South Point Hotel & Casino to Host Las Vegas All-Star Bowling Classic ... South Point and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have teamed up for a celebrity bowling tournament to benefit Strikes For Kids. The Las Vegas All-Star Bowling Classic will be held on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. PST. The bowling tournament & silent auction for all ages and skill levels will be hosted by NFL players & PBA Bowlers. The NFL stars will be not only bowling, but also interacting with participants, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. For more information on the event please visit www.lasvegasallstarclassic.com.
Strikes For Kids ... A non-profit organization based in Sacramento, Calif. that partners professional athletes benefiting youth organizations in their community by traveling across the United States to uphold its mission of youth enrichment by organizing charity golf and bowling events. For more information on Strikes For Kids please visit www.strikes4kids.org.
In the Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway ... Gaughan qualified seventh for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway and drove the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro to an 11th place finish under the lights.
To the Points ... The No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team remains sixth in the driver point standings, only 31 points behind the leader, heading into the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Meet Brendan Gaughan ... Don't miss your chance to meet Gaughan at the Nationwide Series autograph session Friday, April 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m ET. The Las Vegas native will be signing with 14 other drivers from the series in the Fan Midway in front of the Coca-Cola mobile stage.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
How comfortable are you at Darlington Raceway?
"Darlington is one of the best tracks that I have raced on; it is just so much fun. I still remember my first race there, any track you can remember just about every time you've been there. Darlington is wild and crazy. Last year we had some bad luck and blew a right front toward the end of the race, but we are excited to get back there because it is definitely my style of race track."
Why is Darlington your style of race track?
"My style is running the high groove, so getting to race right at the wall and hugging the wall makes Darlington right up my alley. The key will be to see how few times you can earn that Darlington Stripe and how gently you can stripe it when you do. It is just my style place."