Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event Quicken Loans 400
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Location: Michigan International Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway ... In 141 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, RCR teams have earned three wins, two with Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990) and the most recent with Kevin Harvick (August 2010). Additionally, RCR has claimed 20 top-five and 49 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, who recorded top-10 finishes at MIS in June 1978 and August 1979. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has an 18.3 average starting position, an average finishing position of 16.4, has completed 26,521 of the 27,923 contested laps (94.9 percent) and has led 685 laps in the Irish Hills.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,434 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 46 pole awards,105 wins, 450 top-five finishes and 959 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 14 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Austin Dillon at Daytona International Speedway in February. Collectively, the organization has notched one top-five and 13 top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 11th (Newman), 15th (Dillon) and 17th (Menard) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Pocono Rewind ... Last weekend, RCR teammates Newman, Dillon and Menard finished seventh, 17th and 27th, respectively, in the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.
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.
Catch the Action ... The Quicken Loans 400 will be televised live Sunday, June 15 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on TNT and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Dow Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the first time Dillon will race this Chevrolet SS in 2014.
Dillon at Michigan International Speedway .... Dillon has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, including both 2013 events when he subbed for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet in August, finishing 14th. He also raced an American Ethanol-sponsored No. 33 Chevrolet in June, finishing 11th after starting seventh. Dillon finished 24th, after starting 22nd, in June 2012 in a No. 33 Chevrolet.
Etc. ... In addition to Sprint Cup Series competition, the reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion has made three Nationwide Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, earning back-to-back pole awards in 2012 and 2013, leading 72 laps and acquiring his best finish of fifth in 2012. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon has earned one pole award, led 34 laps and earned his best finish of fifth in 2010.
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Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race event at Michigan International Speedway.
#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.
Questions, Please ... Dillon will be available to the media in the Michigan Room at Michigan International Speedway on Friday at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon and his grandfather, Richard Childress, are scheduled to visit Dow's corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan, on Wednesday, June 11. Media members are invited to the Dow campus from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. ET. He is also scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Great Lakes Loons baseball game at the Dow Diamond Stadium in Midland, Michigan (825 East Main Street, Midland, Michigan, 48640), on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What do you think about Michigan International Speedway?
"I've raced at Michigan International Speedway before in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, so I'm really looking forward to going back to a track where I've made a few laps. Last year I subbed for Smoke (Tony Stewart) at Michigan and I've also raced a RCR-prepared car there. It's a fast track. I love it. I've had one of my best finishes in the Cup Series at Michigan. I've had some good success at Michigan in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Last year we came pretty close to winning the Nationwide race, but cut down a tire. It's a very raceable track."
No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 in the 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway where Menard finished in the third and eighth positions, respectively.
Michigan by the numbers ... Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fourth came in 2013 and best finish of fourth occurred in 2011 and 2013. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,964 of 3,010 laps attempted (98.5 percent) at the two-mile track.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon. That race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Season-to-date ... Through the first 14 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 4,392 of 4,517 laps contested (97.2 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 17th in the driver point standings.
Looking Back ... In last year's 200-lap race, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the fourth position and was relegated to a 14th-place finish after being caught on pit road when the caution came out during green-flag pit stops.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What do you think Michigan will be like after the surface has aged another year?
"Before they repaved, you could run all over the place. Then they paved it and the racing groove got narrow. We had maybe two car widths on the bottom. Last year got better and this year I foresee getting better again. I know they had a tire test up there. Our teammate, Ryan Newman, participated in it, but I'm not sure what kind of tire we will actually be using. Hopefully it has a little give to it so we can move around. I definitely see us breaking a track record again. We've broken the track record pretty much every where we've gone with these new rules and car so I can see that happening again."
No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 462 on Sunday at Michigan. Chassis No. 462 has been utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (California Speedway - 20th and Kansas Speedway - 11th).
Newman at MIS ... In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Michigan, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004 events. The "Rocket Man" also owns a pole award. In total, he's recorded five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has led 97 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 12th. In the last six races at the two-mile oval, the RCR driver ranks fifth in most points earned.
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Point of Interest ... Newman ranks 11th in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing 10th place by just six markers and the current leader by 88 points, entering the 15th event on the schedule, the Quicken Loans 400.
Put to the Test ... The No. 31 team participated in a two-day Goodyear test at MIS on April 8 and 9 when chassis 462 was put into action.
Media Availability ... On Friday, Newman is scheduled to stop by the MIS media center at 1 p.m. ET to talk to members of the media.
31 Team Tweet Up ... On Sunday, members of the Quicken Loans pit crew will greet fans and give out team swag at 10:15 a.m. by the backside of the New Holland Fan Plaza, located just off the service drive.
Race Rewind ... Last season, a flat tire forced Newman to relinquish his seventh-place running spot with less than 30 laps to go in the Quicken Loans 400. The unscheduled pit stop resulted in an 18th-place finish.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
Michigan is on the schedule for this weekend. What is that place like?
"Michigan is its own unique two-mile track. You really can't compare it to places like California Speedway anymore. They've kind of flip flopped. Before, California was the new pavement and Michigan was old. Now, it's the opposite. I look forward to going back up to Michigan. It's the Quicken Loans 400 race. It's an important race for us because Quicken Loans is one of our partners. We are still looking for our first win of the season and hopefully we can do it right down the road from Quicken Loans headquarters. There's double the importance for us to at least have a solid run for Quicken Loans and all of their team members who will be with us this weekend and supporting us. We actually tested at Michigan a few months back as part of a tire test for Goodyear. The track is fast, especially now with the rules package so I hope that we can build upon last week's top-10 effort."
Sunday is Father's Day. How special is the holiday for you?
"It was special for me to win the Michigan race on Father's Day a few years back because my dad was there, but I hadn't started my family yet. I won that race for him. Now I think it will be even more special to win because both my father and my two daughters will be at the track with me. Obviously now that I am a father, that's what it's all about. My kids are my biggest accomplishment or my trophies ,so-to-speak, so to win at the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday will be even more special. I want to hoist that trophy with them by my side."