Nationwide Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 Notes
June 10, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Location: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway ... In 29 starts at Michigan International Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win with Kevin Harvick in August 2003. RCR earned back-to-back pole awards with Austin Dillon in 2012 and 2013. In addition to Dillon's pole award in 2013, Paul Menard and Brian Scott qualified the remaining RCR Chevrolets second and third, respectively, for that NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The organization has also accumulated seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, led 208 laps and completed 3,492 laps of 3,604. RCR averages an 11.4-place start and 13.3-place finish.
2014 So Far ... RCR has made 42 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2014, with full-time drivers Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan; six starts came from Cale Conley. The Welcome, N.C. organization has won the pole award twice this season, once with Ty Dillon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and once with Brian Scott at Richmond International Raceway. Also, RCR has led 68 laps and accumulated two top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
Recap of Dover ... Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Cale Conley posted seventh, eighth, 12th and 31st -place finishes, respectively, in the Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway,
Getting to the Points ... As the Nationwide Series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend, the three full-time RCR Nationwide Series drivers sit inside the top-10 of their point standings with Ty Dillon fifth, Brian Scott sixth, and Brendan Gaughan in 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, @RCR33NNS and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Michigan Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, June 14, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... This weekend in the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 141. This chassis was new to the Richard Childress Racing stable at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May where Scott qualified sixth and finished fifth, collecting his second top-five finish of the season.
Scott at Michigan ... In four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at MIS, Scott has earned two top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 12th and an average finish of 12.8. Scott has completed 100 percent of the laps around the two-mile track in the Nationwide Series. In addition, Scott has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at MIS.
2014 in Review ... So far this season, the Nationwide Series has competed in 12 races. Scott currently leads the Nationwide Series regulars with the highest average starting position of 7.3, the highest average running position of 7.7 and the most laps spent inside the top 15, 2198 (95.4 percent). He has earned one pole position at Richmond International Raceway, with two top-five and five top-10 finishes. With the exception of the two superspeedway races, Scott has finished 14th or better.
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What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Michigan International Speedway sixth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott qualified his Shore Lodge Camaro in the third position at Dover International Speedway. After dropping to seventh during a lap 79 restart, Scott remained in the top-10 to finish in seventh place.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Michigan is a newly paved race track. Is the groove widening at all?
"I don't know, but Michigan is fast and it's smooth. It's almost a hybrid. It's such a big race track, but you really work on trimming your car out and getting drag out of it. And then it becomes a track position sensitive race. You really want to be up front and stay up front. It's kind of its own monster. I'm looking forward to seeing how it's changed over the last year."
How difficult was it last year, compared to three or four years ago when you could run every inch of the asphalt?
"I really liked it when it was old and wore out and you could go all over the place. It really seemed to fit my driving style where I like to move around and run the high line. Unfortunately, that went away. I'm sure we will be bringing a fast Camaro and have a good race there."
No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's WESCO Chevrolet Camaro at Michigan International Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 145 in Saturday's Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Dillon drove this Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway and finished 10th.
Dillon at Michigan International Speedway ... The 22-year-old rookie will be making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the two-mile track this weekend. He has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at MIS; a sixth-place finish in 2012 and a third-place finish in 2013. Dillon recorded one of his nine ARCA Series presented by Menards victories at MIS in June 2011.
Happy Birthday Danny Stockman ... The No. 3 RCR crew chief turns 32 this Saturday. Stockman, from Yucaipa, California, won the Nationwide Series championship last season and the Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011.
Eventful off-week ... There may not have been any on-track activity last weekend for the Welcome, N.C. native, but Dillon remained busy. He participated in the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf tournament presented by Bass Pro Shops in Branson, Missouri last Wednesday. He then left for the X-Games in Austin, Texas on Thursday with fellow Nationwide Series drivers Dylan Kwasniewski and Ryan Blaney.
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 last season partnered with Dillon in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro for six races.
Last time out at Dover International Speedway ... Dillon qualified 12th and quickly got his No. 3 Airgas/Bulwark Camaro inside the top-10. In the end, he crossed the finish line eighth recording the team's ninth top-10 of the season
Get to the points ... Dillon is currently fifth in the driver point standings, trailing the leader by only 34 points. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon is in second-place.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to be at the Team Chevy stage located in the Midway on Friday, June 13 beginning at 10:50 a.m. He will be answering questions from a moderator and fans.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on going to MIS?
"I'm excited to get in a Nationwide Series car at Michigan. I've had some success there in the Camping World Truck Series, so hopefully that can carry over. Our team has been working very diligent this past off weekend with our strategy moving forward, so I'm also anxious to put our hard work to test."
What is it going to take these next 18 weeks without an off weekend to be successful?
"Endurance. I think this team is very well put together and we have the endurance to be successful. Danny (Stockman) and I have been clicking recently and we're ready for this long stretch."
No. 33 Menard Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... This weekend in the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 33 NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 146. This Chevrolet Camaro is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable in 2014 being utilized for the first time this weekend.
Menard at Michigan ... In eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at MIS, Menard has earned five top-five finishes and seven top-10s with an average starting position of 11.5 and an average finish of 8.5. Menard has completed 99.9 percent of the laps around the two-mile track in the Nationwide Series. In addition, Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on TNT at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Looking Back ... Paul Menard qualified second during last year's 125-lap Nationwide Series event in Michigan. Menard fought a tight-handling condition in traffic, but had a car faster than the leader which ultimately led to a third-place finish at the two-mile track.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading in to your first double-duty weekend in Michigan?
"I'm looking forward to getting back in a Nationwide Series car this weekend. Double duty always makes for a busy weekend but I like getting the extra seat time, especially at a track like Michigan. It'll be interesting to see what the track surface is like after another year of aging. I'm hoping the groove has widened even more and we can see a lot of side-by-side racing in the NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 147 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. This No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable.
Gaughan's Stats at Michigan ... The Las Vegas-native is set to make his third Nationwide Series start at the two-mile oval. Gaughan averages a 15.5 starting position and has completed 239 of 250 laps, 95.6 percent. The 38-year-old also has eight starts at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In those starts, Gaughan recorded one win in July 2003, led 48 laps and accumulated three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He completed 803 of 804 laps, 99.9 percent. Also averaging a 16.4 place start and an 8.8 place finish.
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In the Rearview Mirror: Dover International Speedway ... At Dover International Speedway in the Buckle Up 200, the No. 62 RCR team qualified 10th. Gaughan made contact with another competitor on pit road and had to battle his way back up through the field to earn a hard-fought, 12th-place finish.
To the Points ... Heading in to the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team remain seventh in the Nationwide Series driver point standing.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Michigan International Speedway?
"Racing for RCR, we expect Michigan to be a good place for us. We have good aero and engine packages, so you know those things will help make our Chevrolet Camaro's run well. I miss what the track use to be, old and worn out. It was definitely more fun when you had the Michigan merge, where the guy at the bottom and the guy at the wall would come together, but I think if we just give it some time, the old track will come back. I really can't complain how the track is now though, it is so fast. The fans definitely get the speed out of their system when they come to watch these races."
How far along in the weekend will it take for you to figure out the grooves of the track?
"The bad part is that us Nationwide drivers normally don't find multiple grooves as much as the Cup cars. The groove typically widens out quite a bit for the Cup race, but I am hopeful that by the Nationwide race we will have multiple grooves, or at least a second one to choose from."