Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 Preview
April 30, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Aaron's 312
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Location: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Richard Childress Racing at Talladega Superspeedway ... Richard Childress Racing has 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Their average start at the superspeedway is 8.9 with an average finish of 19.3. The organization has led 115 laps, qualified on the pole three times and accumulated five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
Richmond Rewind ... In the Richmond 250 at Richmond International Raceway, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Cale Conley and Brendan Gaughan posted fifth, 14th, 15th and 20th-place finishes, respectively.
Get to the Points ... Heading into Talladega, all three full-time RCR 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.
Social Media ... To stay on track with the latest news and 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 and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Talladega Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. 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 Talladega Superspeedway ... This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team will race chassis No. 137. This is the same chassis Scott raced during the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Scott at Talladega ... The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Saturday afternoon racing action this weekend at Talladega. Scott will be making his fifth Nationwide Series start at the 2.66-mile track where he has three laps led and one top-10 finish.
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Double Duty at Talladega ... Scott will once again pull double duty this weekend at Talladega. In addition to competing in the Nationwide Series race this weekend, Scott is scheduled to drive the No. 33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, May 4. The Aaron's 499 is live on FOX at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday.
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro team enter Talladega Superspeedway sixth in the Nationwide Series championship driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... In his 150th Nationwide Series start, Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro started from the pole position at Richmond International Raceway, his second-career pole at the 0.75-mile short track. Scott led the opening 43 laps of competition, taking home a fifth-place finish.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Knock out qualifying can be kind of crazy at superspeedways. How do you prepare?
"At Daytona, the superspeedway knockout qualifying was the most intense this season. You had people dragging off, you had cars all over and you had groups of 20 cars together. My biggest fear is to see a knockout qualifying procedure that has a 'big one' happen where 20 cars are collected in qualifying at a superspeedway. That is the wrong thing for the Nationwide Series, which is a series built on developing and saving money from the big leagues. It is the teams' discretion and their choice if they want to go out there, but there is still a lot of risk. You have to try to produce and have the best speed that you can. My thought and hope is that NASCAR does something so we don't have a 'big one' in qualifying in a series that is kind of built around saving money and being competitive."
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 128 in Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro saw action earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway where it finished seventh. Last season, chassis No. 128 saw action in Talladega with Austin Dillon behind the wheel where he finished 10th.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Talladega Superspeedway ... Last May, Dillon made his Nationwide Series debut at Talladega behind the wheel of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro where he finished 24th. He also has two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and recorded a victory in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2011.
Bass Pro Shops continues partnership with RCR ... Bass Pro Shops, America's premier outdoor retailer, will be a primary sponsor for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in 2014, continuing its long standing relationship with Richard Childress Racing. BPS was last featured on the No. 3 car at Daytona International Speedway, where it finished seventh.
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Race rewind ... In RCR's 1000th career Nationwide Series start, Dillon finished 14th at Richmond International Raceway after running inside the top-five for part of the night.
Points update ... The 22-year-old rookie is currently ranked fourth in the driver point standings, trailing the leader by 35 points. Dillon is second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon and older brother Austin are scheduled to make an appearance at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Ala. at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 1. Additionally, Dillon is scheduled to take part in an autograph session with fellow Nationwide Series drivers, Friday, May 2at 1:45 p.m. located in the midway.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts about returning to a superspeedway?
"Anxious and excited. Ever since leaving Daytona, I've been looking forward to getting back to superspeedway racing, especially Talladega. I've always enjoyed going to this track, especially after getting a win there in an ARCA car a few years ago. Our team is looking forward to getting there, having Bass Pro Shops back on the car and bettering last week's finish."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 138 in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Chassis No. 138 has only one previous start. It was driven at Daytona International Speedway by Gaughan in February where the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team qualified 27th and finished sixth.
Gaughan's Stats at Talladega Superspeedway ... Gaughan will make his third NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Talladega this Saturday. The Las Vegas native also has five starts at the 2.66-mile tri-oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He completed 100 percent (470/470) of the laps contested in the Truck Series and has one top-10.
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In the Rearview Mirror: Richmond International Raceway... Last week in Richard Childress Racing's 1000th Nationwide Series start, Gaughan qualified 22nd and finished 20th at Richmond International Raceway after a rain delay that lasted over three hours.
To the Points ... Heading into the Talladega race weekend, Gaughan and the No. 62 team remain seventh in the driver point standings.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
How do you feel about heading to Talladega after a solid finish at the last restrictor place race in Daytona?
"We finally got through Daytona with a good finish and that was a solid start for the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet in the point standings. As everyone knows anything can happen at Talladega, but I have always had pretty good runs at that track. In comparison to Daytona, I have always had better finishes at Talladega. RCR and ECR aero programs are second-to-none when we come to big tracks like this.
With the new rule that you cannot connect when drafting, what are your thoughts?
"I like it because it is more of the style of racing that I grew up with because you could bump and hit, but you can't stay locked on. The team and I had a strong finish in Daytona with the new rule and I think it is because I am more familiar with that racing style."