Richard Childress Racing
Sprint All Star and Showdown Preview
May 14, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event: Sprint Showdown race and Sprint All-Star race
Date: Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Four All-Star Wins for RCR ... Richard Childress Racing has won four NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races, most recently in 2007 with Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt won the event in 1987, which included the legendary "Pass in the Grass," and he also went on to claim the checkered flags in the
1990 and 1993 races.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,414 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 44 pole awards, 105 wins, 450 top-five finishes and 956 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 11 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 10 top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank eighth (Newman), 14th (Dillon) and 17th (Menard) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Kansas Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway last weekend, teammates Newman, Menard and Dillon finished 11th, 17th and 19th, respectively.
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 NASCAR Sprint Showdown race will be televised live on Friday, May 16 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The NASCAR All Star race will be televised live on Saturday, May 17 beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Dow Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 431 in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was utilized by the Gil Martin-led team in 2013 on three occasions, with Kevin Harvick earning a win at Kansas Speedway (October), a sixth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway (October) and an eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway (November).
Dillon in the Sprint Showdown ... Friday night's non-points exhibition race, which serves as a qualifying event for Saturday's All-Star race, will mark Dillon's first appearance in the Sprint Showdown. The top-two finishers will earn a starting berth in the All-Star race. In addition, you can vote Dillon into the Sprint All-Star Race by visiting NASCAR.com/sprintfanvote.
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Double Duty ... In addition to competing in the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series on Friday, Dillon is scheduled to race in Friday's Camping World Truck Series race, which is scheduled to air live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
#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, wins race tickets or unique memorabilia. Follow @austindillon3 on Twitter every Wednesday for the #ALLin♠ Challenge.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing in the Sprint Showdown?
"We're in the Sprint Showdown and we're giving all we've got, especially as far as cars and engines. We'll be pushing the limits. It's two 20-lap heat races and it will be a wild one, I'm sure. Everybody wants to get into the Sprint All-Star Race so they have a shot at earning that million dollar pay out. It means a lot to our team and our guys. We'll be fighting hard for every spot we can in the Sprint Showdown and see what we can get."
Why should fans vote for Austin Dillon to get into the Sprint All Star race?
"Well, I'm going to give it all I've got. The other big thing is that all of the winnings from my side of it I'm going to give back to the Armed Forces Foundation. We're going to be giving back to the military. They are the ones that allow us to race on the weekends. I hope you guys vote for me and we'll put on a good show in the race."
No. 27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Serta/Menards Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 461 in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously raced at Auto Club Speedway where Menard finished in the ninth position.
Sprint All-Star/Showdown Stats ... Menard has six-career Sprint Showdown starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of third came in 2011 and best finish of fourth took place in 2010 and 2013. The Wisconsin native has an average start of 11.5 and average finish of 13.7 in the NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying event. In 2012, Menard raced in the Sprint All-Star Race after qualifying by winning the Brickyard 400 (2011). He finished the non-points race 16th after starting in the seventh position.
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Season to-date ... Through the first 11 races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 3,432 of 3,557 laps contested (96.5 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 18th in the driver point standings.
Race Rewind ... In the last Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet in the eighth position and took the checkered flag in fourth place, just two positions short of transferring into the All-Star race.
Showdown Format ... The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20-lap segments with the winner and second-place finisher qualifying for the 30th running of the Sprint All-Star Race. The Sprint Showdown is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time with live television coverage beginning on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday night's All Star race airs live on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
Cast Your Vote ... Fans have the opportunity to vote Menard into the Sprint All-Star Race with the Sprint Fan Vote. You can vote for Menard online at http://www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote. Voting is unlimited. Fans can also vote on their mobile devices by using the NASCAR Mobile application. Votes from the application count twice.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are you thoughts on racing in the Sprint Showdown?
"The (Sprint) Showdown and All-Star weekend is always a good one since there are no points on the line. We can just race hard, have fun and gather some information for the Coca-Cola 600. A lot of families come out to watch during the Charlotte race weekends, so hopefully we can put the Serta / Menards Chevrolet into the All-Star race and put on a good show."
No. 31 Caterpillar/Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Caterpillar/Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 441 on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 441 has earned two top-10 finishes for Newman this season. It was utilized at Phoenix International Raceway (Start: 15th, Finish: 7th) and Darlington Raceway (Start: 7th, Finish: 10th).
Newman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race ... Newman is eligible to race in the sport's $1 million exhibition event thanks to his 2002 All-Star win during his rookie season, a feat only accomplished by one other rookie driver. He also qualifies by way of last year's Brickyard 400 victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday's event marks his 13th-straight appearance in the All-Star Race.
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#31in31 ... Fans are encouraged to enter the Quicken Loans "31 Mortgages in May Sweepstakes" for a chance to win a one month mortgage payment. Quicken Loans is awarding one winner per day in May. Plus, three winners will be awarded a trip for two to the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, where one lucky winner will receive a full year's mortgage payment. For details, check out QLRacing.com.
Meet Ryan ... Newman is schedule to sign autographs for fans on Friday around 4 p.m. Eastern Time at the Sprint All-Star driver autograph session at the Sprint Experience. Visit the display for details. Plus, on Saturday at 3:40 p.m., he's scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler located in the track's midway.
Point of Interest ... Newman ranks eighth in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing the current leader by 62 points, entering next weekend's Coca-Cola 600.
Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman started 11th and finished 13th in the non-points race.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTE:
How do you approach the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race?
"I approach it like all the other races, it's a race to win. But, I think it's a race that carries a little more bragging rights to it. It is the All-Star Race and there is a million bucks on the line, so I wouldn't mind earning that payday. Regardless of the format or how the fans vote, the event provides you with a fair chance to win the race and that's why it's a lot of fun for us. It's like a championship, you have a chance. You just have to beat all the other guys doing it."
What the best part of the All-Star race?
"That's simple. We are at home and I think that's what makes our All-Star race special. We are racing in front of the hometown crowd. Other sports travel somewhere different every year. We get to stay here in Charlotte so we get to compete in front of our family, co-workers and friends. It's really cool to be able to do that."