Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Richmond 250 Preview
April 22, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Richmond 250
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Richard Childress Racing at America's Premier Short Track ... Since 2000, Richard Childress Racing has 57 starts at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval. From those races, the organization has won six and started on the pole in four; with the most recent top start being in 2013 with driver Brian Scott. The team has led 1,647 laps at the track and also has an impressive 19 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes. The RCR-stable averages a 10.7 starting position and a 12.8 finish.
1000th NNS start for RCR ... This weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway will mark RCR's 1000th start in the Nationwide Series. RCR had its first Nationwide Series start in 1995 with Mike Dillon, father of reigning Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon and current series driver Ty Dillon. Since that start in '95, the organization has won four driver championships with Kevin Harvick in 2001 and 2004, Clint Bower in 2008 and Austin Dillon in 2013. The team also won two owner's championships, doing so in 2003 and 2007. Collectively, RCR has won 66 NNS races, led 14,474 laps, qualified first 51 times, accumulated 327 top-fives and 551 top-10 finishes. Be sure to share your RCR Nationwide Series memories this week using #RCR1000.
Darlington Rewind ... In the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan and Cale Conley posted 10th, 11th, 22nd and 32nd place finishes, respectively.
Get to the Points ... Richard Childress Racing's three full-time Nationwide Series drivers remain inside the top-10 of the driver point standings. Ty Dillon leads the RCR drivers ranking fourth, Brian Scott sixth and Brendan Gaughan seventh heading into this weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway.
NASCAR Race to Green ... NASCAR Green has become one of the most powerful environmental awareness platforms in the country. The Race to the Green initiative will run from March 29 to April 29. Fans can visit www.NASCAR.com/Green and donate a dollar to plant a tree in an area of need. Be sure to follow @NASCARGreen and share your green activities using #NASCARGreen.
Meet the Drivers ... Don't miss your chance to meet Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Cale Conley and Brendan Gaughan at the Nationwide Insurance display on Friday, April 25 at 12:45 p.m. ET in a Tweetup to celebrate #RCR1000.
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.
Richmond Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway will be televised live on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNNews. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... This weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 101. This is the same chassis Scott raced during the fall Richmond race where he sat on the pole, led 239 of 250 laps and finished second. The chassis has a strong history with spring victories at Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012, and also earned six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
Nationwide Series Milestone ... Scott comes to Richmond with a milestone on hand, starting his 150th NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Scott now competing in his fifth full-time season has amassed two pole positions, eight top-fives, 37 top-10s and led over 280 laps with an average starting position of 13th and average finishing position of 17th.
Stats at Richmond ... Friday night's 250-lap event will mark Scott's 10th Nationwide Series start at the 0.75-mile track. Scott has completed 2086 of 2253 laps (92.6%) with one top-five, one top-10 finish, an average start of 12.1 and an average finish of 23.2.
Country Concert at Shore Lodge ... For one night only, the Shore Lodge resort will be hosting an All-American band, The Henningsens, on Saturday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. MST as part of the Country Fried Concert series. Don't miss classic Country Fried food and drinks with an overnight package offer that includes two tickets for dinner and the concert, plus accommodations in the newly renovated guest rooms. Visit www.ShoreLodge.com for more details.
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Richmond International Raceway sixth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Where is Brian? ... On Friday, Scott is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy Stage for a fan question-and-answer session in the Fan Midway at Richmond International Raceway from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro had another solid qualifying effort at Darlington Raceway starting the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in seventh place. On the wild green-white-checkered restart, Scott was shuffled to 11th where he would ultimately finish the race.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Are you looking forward to Richmond after getting so close last time there?
"Yeah, I'm really looking forward to Richmond. I try not to be overly confident just based on a run that we had there. There are some things that are going to be different when we go back. Goodyear is bringing a different tire. Everybody thinks you keep the exact same thing in there that you had last fall and you go to town and it will work. But in the spring race, the weather is different. The time of the race is different, we race during the day, we have a different tire so even if we do everything the same we can go there and we can struggle. It's not just automatic that we are going to be as dominant as we were in the fall. I'm excited because of the last experience we had there and almost winning the race, but I also am not going to take anything for granted. I'm going to make sure I do my normal pre-race ritual. I'm going to study notes and I'm going to work just as hard as I always have there to try to have another good run."
Is there anything that compares to the way Richmond drives?
"I think turn 1 at that track is the most difficult entry for a driver of anywhere that you go. It just has a feeling of it being so big; it's really hard to kind of decide what line you take in there. You almost get lost coming in there. To figure out what line you need for your car and to do it over and over on a consistent basis, I think it's the most difficult corner in all of the race tracks we go to. That is one thing I felt like we were able to really do well when we were there last fall, and we almost won race. I know going back just figuring out turns 1 and 2 is huge. It seems like that corner kind of dictates your race, at least in my experience for Richmond."
No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... Dillon will race chassis No. 125 in this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis was raced earlier this season at Phoenix International Raceway and collected a 10th-place finish. Last season, it was ran in both Nationwide Series events at Richmond International Raceway.
Dillon in the Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway ... Dillon is making his third-career start at RIR, having raced in a Nationwide Series event the past two seasons at the 0.75-mile track. In 2012, Dillon drove the No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro to a seventh-place finish and in 2013 he drove the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to a 16th-place finish.
Going 'Green' on RCR's campus ... WESCO International, Inc. and Legrand, a leading provider of electrical supply, have provided RCR with two environmentally friendly Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, Level 2, 30A EV Charging Stations for its Welcome, N.C. campus. The charging stations power electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles of RCR's employees and guests. The stations are located in front of the RCR Museum and Sprint Cup shop/corporate offices.
Did you know? ... WESCO supplies more than 215,000 products and is recognized as one of the largest electrical distributors in the country. Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., WESCO supplies items ranging from light fixtures to safety equipment.
Last time out at Darlington Raceway ... Dillon started fifth in the Sport Clips 200 and hovered around the top-10 for most of the evening, eventually finishing 10th,recording his sixth top-10 in seven races.
Points update ... After his fourth consecutive top-10 finish two weeks ago in Darlington, Dillon currently sits fourth in the driver point standings seven races into the 2014 season. The top five drivers in the standings are separated by only 30 points, with the No. 3 team trailing the leader by 23 markers. Dillon is currently second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year championship competition.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"I'm still a little new to Richmond, but fortunately I've had a couple of opportunities to race there the past few years. It's a similar track to Iowa Speedway and short-track racing under the lights will definitely make for a good race. Danny (Stockman, crew chief), the guys, and I worked hard on our off-week and we are focused on improving and getting this No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet back in victory lane."
On RCR's 1000th start in the Nationwide Series:
"It's awesome to see how far RCR's Nationwide Series program has come because it's something we've heavily invested in the past several years and I think it has paid off. To think that RCR has made 1000 starts in this series, starting with my dad back in the 90's, is awesome. I hope we can continue this program for many more years."
No. 33 Okuma Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's OKUMA Chevrolet Camaro at Richmond International Raceway ... Cale Conley will pilot chassis No. 107 in Friday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet saw track action four times in 2013 with Dakoda Armstrong, Paul Menard, Ryan Gifford and Kevin Harvick behind the wheel. This chassis earned two third-place finishes (Michigan International Speedway and Dover International Speedway) and three top-10 finishes. Additionally, this workhorse from the RCR stable has been raced on six separate occasions in 2012 earning one pole award (Paul Menard, Texas Motor Speedway), four top-fives and six top-10 finishes.
Back in the Driver's Seat ... On Friday evening, Conley will make his first competitive laps at RIR in the Nationwide Series. The 21-year-old driver has two K&N East Pro Series starts to his credit at the famed Virginia short track. Conley continues his stint with RCR as driver of the No. 33 Okuma Chevrolet Camaro having started inside the top-12 each time.
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.
Last Time Behind the Wheel ... Conley qualified 11th for the 147-lap affair at Darlington Raceway, but a late-race incident relegated the 21-year-old RCR driver to a 32nd-place finish.
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 going to a track where you've competed at before?
"I'm excited for Richmond (International Raceway). Bristol (Motor Speedway) and Darlington (Raceway) were pretty difficult tracks, so it'll be nice to head to a track that's not one of the toughest to get around. It is very technical, especially in K&N, and I'm sure it'll be that way in the Nationwide car. I feel like you can get by without your stress level at an all-time high. I'm looking forward to going into it with a different approach than the first two starts, with a more relaxed and focused feel of getting used to this car at a track where I've competed before."
What are your goals For Richmond?
"Personally, I need to redeem myself after Darlington. I was pretty disappointed in myself and how that shook out. A top-10 is doable; I don't see why we can't run in the top-five with Nick (Harrison, crew chief) and the crew. I think we can make it happen Friday night."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... Brendan Gaughan will drive chassis No. 134 at the 0.75-mile track in the Richmond 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Chassis No. 134 was previously piloted at Phoenix International Raceway in March where Gaughan qualified 14th and finished 16th. Last season, this Chevrolet Camaro was utilized by Ty Dillon at Richmond International Raceway in September, where he qualified 19th and finished 16th.
Gaughan's Stats at Richmond International Raceway ... Gaughan will make his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night. In his four previous starts, Gaughan has one top-10 finish. He also has three starts at Richmond in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has led four laps and averaged an 11.3-place finish.
Stats in the Nationwide Series ... The Las Vegas-native will make his 92nd Nationwide Series start this weekend. Spanning eight years, 2014 marks Gaughan's third full-time season in the series. In the first seven races this season, he has completed 99.7% of all laps raced, earned two top-10 finishes and averages a start of 15.3 and finish of 13.3.
In the Rearview Mirror: Darlington Raceway ... Two weeks ago in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, Gaughan qualified 13th and finished 22nd.
To the Points ... Heading into Richmond race weekend, Gaughan and the No. 62 team sit seventh in the driver point standings, only 26 markers out of the top-five.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts going to Richmond?
"I have never really felt like I have had a good run at Richmond International Raceway. Hoping to change that this weekend and find something that I have not been able to find yet and really make this track work for the South Point Chevrolet Camaro."
How does it feel to be a part of Richard Childress Racing's 1000th Nationwide Series start?
"Richard Childress Racing is such a great organization; they've put me in the best racing equipment that I have ever driven. To be a part of the 1000th RCR start in the Nationwide Series is such an honor, I am so happy to be a part of this team."