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June 11, 2014

From The Pit Box with No. 2 Crew Chief Phil Gould

Phil Gould and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team are readying for the 13th race of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

Phil Gould and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team are readying for the 13th race of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. To date, the Richard Childress Racing team has captured one pole position at Richmond International Raceway, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Scott currently leads the Nationwide Series regulars with the highest average starting position of 7.3, average running position 7.7 and the most laps spent inside the top 15 of 2,198 (95.4 percent).  Sitting seventh in the championship point standings, Michigan International Speedway may be the place for Scott to capture his first Nationwide Series win and make a jump on his competitors.
 
We sat down with Gould to discuss what it takes to be successful at Michigan International Speedway:
 
Q: How do you set up the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro for Michigan International Speedway?  
A: Michigan set up is all about the trade-off between drag and down force. Grip is very high since the repave and mechanical grip has not been much of an issue, so we'll focus on aerodynamics.
 
Q: How does the track change during the race?
A: Since the repave and the hard tire compound we run at MIS, there is not much fall off in lap time and the track conditions usually stay pretty consistent.
 
Q: Michigan is a newly paved track. Do you setup your car any differently because of the new surface?
A: Yes, the new pavement is very smooth which allows us to be a lot more aggressive with our shock/spring package than we would have been able to on the old worn out bumpy surface.
 
Q: What are the keys to success at Michigan International Speedway?
A: The key to success at Michigan is having a fast car.  A big part of that speed at MIS is horsepower and ECR always provides us with great engines, which makes it fun to race at a place like Michigan. And like everywhere we race, track position and having the right strategy is crucial. Fuel mileage seems to play a role in the outcome a lot also.
 
Q: Do you have a favorite memory from Michigan with your 11-years at RCR?

A: I was lucky enough to be a part of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2010 with Kevin Harvick as a car chief. 

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