Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Cup Series Richmond 400 Preview
April 22, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event: Richmond 400
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Location: Richmond International Raceway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Richmond International Raceway ... Richard Childress has nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories as a car owner at Richmond International Raceway - five with Dale Earnhardt, three with Kevin Harvick and one with Clint Bowyer. Additionally, in 141 starts at the Richmond, Va. track, RCR drivers have claimed 36 top-five and 65 top-10 finishes. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, contributed three of those top-10 finishes from 1976-1978. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization holds a 17.4 average starting position, a 14.6 average finishing position, has completed 53,306 of the 56,322 contested laps (94.6 percent) and collectively led 3,252 laps.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,405 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 44 pole awards,105 wins, 450 top-five finishes and 954 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.
The Collective RCR ... Throughout the season's first eight races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Dillon at Daytona International Speedway in February. Collectively, the organization has notched one top-five and eight top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank ninth (Neman), 10th (Dillon) and 18th (Menard) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Darlington Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway,, teammates Newman, Dillon and Menard finished ninth, 11th and 41st, respectively.
#NASCARGreen ... All Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets will sport a green windshield header this weekend in support of NASCAR's Race to Green Initiative. For more information about NASCAR's efforts in sustainability, visit NASCAR.com/green.
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 Richmond 400 will be televised live Saturday, April 26 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Dow Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 433 in the Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The Gil Martin-led team raced this chassis to a 20th-place finish with driver Kevin Harvick at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2013.
Dillon at Richmond International Raceway .... In five NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Richmond International Raceway, Dillon has earned two top-10 finishes and led 14 laps at the 0.75-mile track. In his most recent appearance at RIR (September 2013), he started third and finished 12th after struggling with handling issues.
Welcome, Dow ... Dillon's rookie year in the Sprint Cup Series is also Dow's first year as a primary sponsor with RCR and the No. 3 Chevrolet. Together, both teams embrace the power of safety, science and technology as RCR tests Dow products under the most strenuous conditions. Dow also drives innovation to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, bringing a broad range of sustainable products and solutions to customers in nearly 180 countries. www.dow.com
Get to the Points ... Dillon is 10th in the driver championship point standings entering this weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway, 62 markers behind current leader Jeff Gordon.
The Season So Far ... Dillon started his rookie campaign in the Sprint Cup Series with a pole award in the 56th running of the Daytona 500, making him the youngest Sprint Cup polesitter in Daytona International Speedway history.. He earned a ninth-place finish in the "Great American Race." From there, the series traveled to Phoenix International Raceway where Dillon finished 24th, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he posted a 16th-place finish. He has earned back-to-back 11th-place finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. He finished 15th at Martinsville Speedway, 21st at Texas Motor Speedway and 11th at Darlington Raceway.
#ALLin Challenge ... Dillon is asking fans whether they are #ALLin for a new and exciting challenge every Wednesday on his Twitter account, @austindillon3. From capturing an "awkward hug" via video to submitting your best "poker face" photo to helping crew chief Gil Martin's son Ford find a date for his upcoming prom; each challenge is unique and the winner, as voted on by Austin, receives race tickets or unique memorabilia. Follow @austindillon3 on Twitter every Wednesday for the #ALLin♠ Challenge.
How Many Candles ... Dillon will celebrate his 24th birthday on Sunday, April 27.
Off-Weekend ... During the Sprint Cup Series off week, Dillon participated in the Goodyear Tire Test at Kansas Speedway before traveling with his family to Daytona Beach, Fla. to celebrate Easter.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in a Q&A session at the Chevrolet Stage at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 26 from 3:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Eastern Time.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What is Richmond International Raceway like?
"Richmond International Raceway is a place where long-run cars are good. It's a tough track, man. Richmond has been tough for me, but hopefully we can turn it around in this NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. We'll go there for practice with an open mind and have some fun. We'll have a lot of the Dow people there. It will be a fun race for us."
The way that Richmond is shaped, can it be compared to any other track on the schedule or is it too uniquely shaped to be compared to anything else on the schedule?
"Richmond International Raceway is pretty unique. Iowa Speedway is somewhat similar. I've been very successful at Iowa. Richmond just has less grip, you have to really focus on what your car needs for the race."
No. 27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 448 in the Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has been used once before this season at Phoenix International Raceway.
Menard to Date ... Paul Menard is making his 264th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Saturday. During that span, the native of Eau Claire, Wisc. has one victory, one pole award, 11 top-five, four top-10 finishes and led 272 circuits. Through the first eight races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 2,578 of 2,702 laps contested (97.8 percent), led 35 circuits and is currently 18th in driver points.
Most Previous Race ... The right-front tire went down as Menard was going through a turn at Darlington Raceway during the Saturday night race. The No. 27 Chevrolet went into the wall and suffered heavy right front/side damage and was taken into the garage for repairs. After the crew completed their work, Menard returned to action and was saddled with a 41st-place finish.
Richmond Races Recalled ... In 14 previous starts at the .75-mile oval, Menard has one top-five finish to his credit. His best start of seventh took place in Sept. 2010 and best finish of fifth place was last September. He's completed 5,495 of 5,616 laps contested (97.8 percent) and led four laps. Through the last four races at RIR, Menard has one top-five and three top-15 finishes.
Richmond Rewind ... In this race last year, Menard started the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet in 29th position and took the checkered flag in 13th place.
Say "Hey Paul"... Fans with tickets to the Torque Club located in the Commonwealth Tower at RIR can attend a 15-minute Q&A with Paul Menard on Friday, April 25 from 3:45 to 4 p.m. ET
About CertainTeed ... CertainTeed Corporation is a leading North American manufacturer of building materials including roofing, vinyl and fiber cement siding, trim, fence, railing, decking, foundations, insulation, gypsum, ceilings, and pipe products. Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, CertainTeed has approximately 6,000 employees and 65 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. CertainTeed is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world. Saint-Gobain employs approximately 19,000 people in North America and approximately 109,000 people in 64 countries world-wide. Saint-Gobain's North American companies operate 130 manufacturing facilities in industries as diverse as industrial ceramics and containers, reinforcements and flat glass, abrasives, and building materials. For more information, please visit www.certainteed.com.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What do you like about racing at Richmond International Raceway?
"We haven't had the best of luck there in the past, but in the last few races we've started to improve on our finishes. In the fall race last year we took home a fifth-place finish, so that's a good thing to build on for this season. Richmond is a fun place to race and a great short track. The great part about racing on a Saturday night at Richmond is the sparks as our cars clip the asphalt, glowing brake rotors and the fans just seem to get into it a lot more."
No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Richmond International Raceway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 435 in Saturday night's Richmond 400. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS competed in last month's 500-lap race at Martinsville Speedway where Newman started 16th and finished 20th because of a mechanical issue.
Career Stats at Richmond ... In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at RIR, Newman visited victory lane at the fall event in 2003. The "Rocket Man" also owns one pole award from the fall of 2004. In total, he owns six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12th and average finish of 11th. When calculating points earned through the last five races at the 0.75-mile track, Newman ranks fourth in most points earned.
#31in31 ... Quicken Loans announced the 31 Mortgages ofMaysweepstakes where they will be selecting a winner each day in May and making their monthly mortgage payment. For more details and to enter, visit QLRacing.com.
Engineered to Amaze ... Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation's fourth largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power for four consecutive years in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the last 11 consecutive years, ranking #5 in 2014. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine's "100 Best Places to Work In Technology" for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 8,500 of its 10,000-plus team members work in the city's urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit www.quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
Where's Ryan? ... On Saturday, Newman is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the Sprint Experience at 3:15 p.m. ET and then he'll greet fans at the "Track Takeover" taking place at the Start/Finish Line at 4 p.m. ET.
Ask Luke Anything ... No. 31 Chevrolet crew chief Luke Lambert is scheduled to participate with fans in a 30-minute NASCAR Reddit AMA session presented by Quicken Loans on Friday starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Point of Interest ... Newman ranks ninth in the championship point standings, trailing the current leader by just 61 markers heading into the ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of 2014.
Race Rewind ... In this race last season, Newman started 15th and finished 15th.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on Richmond International Raceway?
"The key for us is to get forward drive coming off of Turn 4 and to get the Quicken Loans Chevrolet to turn in the center. If you get it turning in the center, it helps the forward drive. Richmond is a fun, little short track. It's got challenges, but if you get those right, you'll be in contention for the win."
How does Richmond compare to the other short tracks we've visited so far this season?
"It's entirely a track all its own. Lap times fall off huge there. It has a different shape in comparison to all the others. It used to be similar to Phoenix International Raceway, but since the new asphalt was put down in Phoenix, you can't even compare them."
How do you rate the first third of the regular season with your new RCR team?
"We have had much better performances than our results. Our results have been because of tire failures or some kind of mechanical issue that has bit us. In the end, our RCR-prepared Chevrolets have been really strong and the 31 crew has done an exceptional job. We just need to keep up what we are doing and the results will show. I mean, for all that's happened I'm pleased to be sitting in ninth place."