Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Get To Know Newton 250 Preview
May 13, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin Williams
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Location: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
Richard Childress Racing at Iowa Speedway ... In 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 7/8-mile track, Richard Childress Racing has led 438 laps and visited victory lane once with Elliott Sadler in 2012. Austin Dillon started from the pole in the June 2013 race and drove to a second-place finish. RCR averages a ninth-place starting position, a 12th-place finish and has accumulated five top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Talladega Rewind ... In the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan posted 15th, 33rd and 34th place finishes, respectively.
Get to the Points ... Heading into Iowa, all three full-time RCR Nationwide Series drivers are holding strong inside the top-10 of the driver point standings. Ty Dillon continues to lead the RCR drivers ranking fifth, Brian Scott is sixth and Brendan Gaughan in seventh.
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.
Iowa Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Iowa Speedway will be televised live on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... This weekend at Iowa Speedway, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 101. This chassis was most recently raced at Richmond International Raceway where Scott started from the pole position and captured a fifth-place finish. In addition to the spring race, this chassis was raced during the 2013 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.
Scott at Iowa ... Scott will be making his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the 7/8-mile asphalt tri-oval where he has seven previous starts earning one top-10 finish with an average start of 7.4 and an average finish of 17. Scott has qualified inside the top-10 in six of his seven starts with 1644 of 1750 (93.9 percent) laps completed.
Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff ... This weekend at America's Place to Race, the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro team welcome's primary sponsor Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, America's original and best-selling, tobacco-free smokeless snuff. The first of a five primary-race partnership for the world's largest tobacco-free smokeless company, SMS pairs with retail partner Casey's General Store for the 250-lap event.
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro team enter Iowa Speedway sixth in the Nationwide Series championship driver point standings.
Where is Brian? ... On Saturday, Scott is scheduled to sign autographs at Iowa Speedway alongside other Nationwide Series drivers under the Turn 4 grandstands at 10 a.m. CT. Scott will also be available to sign autographs on the red carpet as he walks into the driver/crew chief meeting located in the Newton Club at 11 a.m.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified 10th for Saturday afternoon's Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. The Shore Lodge team led six different times for a total of 10 laps during the first 60 circuits before getting caught up in an accident on lap 63. The No. 2 Camaro sustained sufficient damage and was unable to return to the track resulting in a 33rd-place finish.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
A lot of guys love the whole atmosphere of Iowa Speedway. Does the track being designed by a driver appeal to you?
"Yeah, Iowa is always fun. It's great to go into the Midwest and see all the Midwest fans. They have a history of always having great attendance at the race track. Anytime you go to a race track that has a big fan base and you have people excited about the race and it being a stand-alone Nationwide race, that gets us pumped up. It's a fun race track that you can race. There are at least two grooves and you can run side-by-side. Fast cars can work their way to the front and normally you have less Cup drivers there, so it's an opportunity for a Nationwide guy to pull off a win and kind of spring board or jump start their season.
Does this track compare to anything else on the circuit?
"It's kind of Richmond-esque. Everybody will say that, but they will say it with an asterisk because it's like Richmond, but it's not like Richmond. It's shaped like Richmond, it drives kind of like Richmond, but the track is a lot wider. It has more grip, it has a lot bigger exits and the crucial thing about Richmond is tire management. You don't have that as much at Iowa. It's like Richmond, but it's not."
No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's WESCO Chevrolet Camaro at Iowa Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 116 in this weekend's Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin Williams. He drove this Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro to two top-10 finishes this season at Darlington Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Last season, Austin Dillon drove chassis No. 116 to a second-place finish at Iowa Speedway after qualifying on the pole and leading 207 laps.
Dillon at Iowa Speedway ... The Welcome, N.C. native will be making his Nationwide Series debut at the 7/8-mile track Sunday afternoon. He has made four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series recording two top-five finishes. In July, 2011 Dillon won the ARCA Series presented by Menards race in Iowa after qualifying on the pole and leading 193 laps.
Busy off-week ... Despite having the week off from competition, Dillon and the No. 3 team participated in a Goodyear tire test at Dover International Speedway. The 22-year-old driver also visited Ron Fellows Performance Driving School to sharpen up his road course driving skills. The Nationwide Series is scheduled to visit three road courses this season, with the first being on June 21 at Road America.
Did you know? ... WESCO International, Inc. supplies over 215,000 different products across North America. The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based company has partnered with RCR for five races thus far in 2014, and partnered with Dillon in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro for six races last season.
Last time out at Talladega Superspeedway ... Dillon and the No. 3 team managed to rebound from an mid-race incident that damaged the left-front fender and finished 15th.
Season update ... Nine races into the 2014 season, Dillon is tied for fourth in the driver point standings trailing the leader by only 31 points. He is also ranked second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. Dillon has completed 99.9 percent of competition laps, leading ten, and recorded six top-10 finishes.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. CT. The autograph session is scheduled to take place on the north end of the main concourse. Fans also have an opportunity to see Dillon and other NASCAR drivers throw out the first pitch at the Iowa Cubs game on Friday, May 16.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on making your debut in the Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway?
"It's a track where I have had success at in the past. I won an ARCA race there a few years ago, and was able to run pretty well there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Danny (Stockman, crew chief) and I have been talking about our set-up for the track and I'm excited to race there because I know this team led a bunch of laps and had a chance to win there last year."
No. 33 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's IAVA Chevrolet Camaro at Iowa Speedway ... Cale Conley will pilot chassis No. 107 in Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet saw track action last month at Richmond International Raceway where Conley earned a 15th-place finish. Additionally this chassis ran four times in 2013 with Dakoda Armstrong, Paul Menard, Ryan Gifford and Kevin Harvick behind the wheel. Collectively, they earned two third-place finishes at Michigan International Speedway and Dover International Speedway, and three top-10 finishes. This workhorse has raced on six separate occasions in 2012 earning one pole award with Paul Menard at Texas Motor Speedway, four top-fives and six top-10 finishes.
Back in the Driver's Seat ... On Sunday afternoon, Conley will make his first competitive laps at Iowa Speedway in the Nationwide Series. The 21-year-old driver is no stranger to the Newton, Iowa track with four K&N East Pro Series starts to his credit. Conley has earned one pole award (2012), two top five and three top-10 finishes. His best finish was third place in the spring 2012 event, along with four laps led.
About IAVA ... Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will adorn the hood of Conley's No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Iowa Speedway. IAVA is the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families, with nearly 300,000 members and supporters nationwide. IAVA is dedicated to standing with the 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives. The organization supports new veterans in health, education, employment and building a lasting community for vets and their families. For more information on IAVA or find out how to donate, head to IAVA.org.
They Say It's Your Birthday ... Conley celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday May 13th. Born in 1992, the world was a different place than today. Kriss Kross' "Jump" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard 100 charts and "Basic Instinct" was the No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office. Conley share's a birthday with Stephen Colbert, Robert Pattinson, Dennis Rodman, Darius Rucker, Stevie Wonder and Buckethead from Guns & Roses.
Meet Cale ... Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet Conley this weekend at Iowa Speedway. On Sunday morning, Conley will appear and sign autographs at the IAVA tent on the Iowa Speedway midway from 9:30 - 9:50am, he will then participate in the Nationwide Series driver autograph session from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m CT at the north end of the frontstretch concourse.
Follow Cale ... Fan's can follow the young driver on Twitter @CaleConley, Facebook www.facebook.com/caleconleyracing and Instagram @CaleConley
CALE CONLEY QUOTES:
Do you have extra confidence heading to Iowa since you've run well there in the K&N Series?
"Not so much extra confidence, because the K&N Series cars handle so different. Looking back to Richmond (International Raceway) I ran well there in K&N, and thought that would carry over to the Nationwide Series, but it didn't since each car handles so different."
What's your mindset heading into Iowa this weekend?
"I'm heading into this weekend with the mindset of it all still being new. I'll utilize Friday's test session to log laps and get acclimated to the feel of the car on track. When we hit the track on Saturday for practice, I'll be pretty up to speed on what to expect and have a strong mindset to communicate with Nick (Harrison - crew chief) and the feel I need."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 130 this weekend in the Get to Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis was previously piloted at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 2013, this chassis was driven by Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland Speedway in September and by Paul Menard at Kansas Speedway in October, who both brought home top-10 finishes.
Gaughan's Stats at Iowa ... The Las Vegas native will make his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start on Sunday at the 7/8-mile tri-oval track. In his four previous starts, Gaughan has earned one top-10 finish. The 38-year old driver also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Iowa. In the Truck Series, Gaughan averagesda start of ninth and 23.7 place finish.
In the Rearview Mirror: Talladega Superspeedway ... Two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, Gaughan had a strong qualifying run and started 11th. The No. 62 team was involved in a mid-race incident and suffered damage that was beyond repair to return to action forcing Gaughan to take a 34th-place finish.
To the Points ... Heading into Iowa, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team remain seventh in the driver point standings.
Meet Brendan Gaughan ... Fans will have the opportunity to see Gaughan and other Nationwide Series and NASCAR Next drivers at the Iowa Cubs game on Friday, May 16, beginning at 6 p.m. CT. On Saturday, Gaughan is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session at Iowa Speedway alongside 23 other drivers under the Turn 4 grandstands at 10 a.m. CT.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Iowa Speedway?
"I have been good at Iowa. Rusty Wallace built the mimic of Richmond International Raceway, but for some reason I run well at Iowa and not Richmond. Rusty did a great job with this track. My favorite thing about Iowa Speedway is how the fans show up. I have always told people that's what is really impressive at Iowa. You go to the grandstands and walk out to the parking lot and it looks like a Big-10 football game. The atmosphere is just amazing to me. It is like the Field of Dreams, if you build it in the Iowa cornfield - they will come."
Do you consider Iowa a short track or a speedway?
"I think that is why I like Iowa; it almost drives like an old Irwindale Speedway, which is one of my best short-tracks ever. The track has a high groove and you can run that higher line and keep the momentum and drive it like a speedway. Those were always the tracks that where I was better. I may also be biased to Iowa because when Rusty built it, he was my teammate and then I drove for him and had no choice but to like Iowa."