NNS Preview: Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville
June 17, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Location: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Richard Childress Racing at Road America ... RCR currently has eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Road America. The Welcome, N.C. based organization has completed 406 of 420 laps, averages a start of 17.2 and a finish of 15.9. RCR also has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 14-turn road course.
First Win of 2014 ... Paul Menard and the No.33 Nibco/Menards Chevrolet team earned RCR's first victory of 2014 at Michigan International Speedway, ending Menard's 98-race winless streak in the Nationwide Series.
Recap of Michigan ... Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan posted first, fifth, ninth and 22nd-place finishes, respectively, in the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Getting to the Points ... As we head into the first road-course race of the season, all three full-time RCR Nationwide Series drivers remain inside the top-10 of the driver point standings, with Ty Dillon in fourth, 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 and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Road America Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's Gardner Denver 200 at Road America will be televised live on Saturday, June 21, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN Radio and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Road America ... This weekend Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will turn left and right with Chassis No. 135 in the Gardner Denver 200. This chassis debuted at Mid-Ohio last season where Scott started and finished 12th. Most recently, RCR teammate Paul Menard tested this chassis at Virginia International Raceway earlier this month.
Scott at Road America ... In four Nationwide Series starts at the four-mile circuit, Scott has earned one top-10 finish with an average starting position of 14.5 and an average finish of 14. Scott has completed 100 percent of the laps around the 14-turn road course in the Nationwide Series and is also credited with 10 laps led.
2014 in Review ... The No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team continues to battle quietly as one of the top running Nationwide Series regulars. Sitting sixth in the driver point standings 55 points out, Scott remains the leader of series regulars with the highest average starting position of 7.3 and most laps spent inside the top-15 at 2,312 (95.2 percent). He has earned one pole position, doing so at Richmond International Raceway, with three top-five and six top-10 finishes. With the exception of the superspeedway races, Scott has finished 14th or better in 11 races.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team once again utilized the fast ECR Engine horsepower qualifying sixth for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Scott was the highest finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, finishing fifth and also collected his fourth consecutive top-10 finish.
History at Shore Lodge ... Did you know? The Shore Lodge was built in 1948 and originally had 116 rooms. Today, the resort has 77 guest suites that were all completely remodeled this year.
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Road America sixth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about turning right and left?
"I love Road America. It's such a neat part of the country and such a neat race track. I've had good success there in the past. I like road courses. I'm really looking forward to racing there because it's going to be a lot of fun."
What is the trickiest part around Road America?
"To me, Canada corner is the most difficult. It's really bumpy and it's real easy to get on the splitter or lock up a tire, or wheel hop. There are a lot of variables when you go into that corner and anything can happen from front to rear. It's always a deep breaking spot, a good spot to pass in the race, but just a difficult spot. If you are going to lock up a tire, it will be in that corner."
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at Road America ... This weekend Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 133 at Road America. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro was raced last season at Watkins Glen with driver Austin Dillon.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Road America ... As the Nationwide Series heads to the first of three road-course races this season, Dillon is making his career debut at the four-mile track. Dillon has made only two previous road course starts - a 17th-place finish last season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and an eighth-place finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the ARCA Series presented by Menards.
Learning to turn right ... Dillon has been sharpening his road course skills over the past several weeks. He participated in the Ron Fellows Driving School on May 5, tested at Virginia International Raceway on May 27, and is scheduled to participate in the Trans-Am Series Test on Thursday, June 19 at Road America.
Bass Pro Shops & RCR in 2014 ... Bass Pro Shops will be on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro for the fourth time this season as a primary sponsor. America's No. 1 Outdoor Retailer has been a long time partner of RCR, including last season with Dillon in the Camping World Truck Series.
Michigan race rewind ... Dillon qualified third, led the first lap of competition and remained around the top-10 for the reminder of the 125-lap event. In the end, the Welcome, N.C. native was able to cross the finish line ninth for the team's 10th top-10 finish of the season. Dillon was credited for nine laps led.
Points update ... The 22-year-old driver moved up to fourth place in the driver point standings, trailing the leader by only 35 points. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon is in second-place.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
How are your road course skills?
"This is always an exciting part of our schedule and it gives us a different type of race track to visit. I've been working hard at getting some laps in at a few different road courses and listening to advice from other drivers. It's going to be a challenge, no doubt, but I think our team should be pretty competitive."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Road America... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 143 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Gardner Denver 200 at Road America. This No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino road course car is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable.
Gaughan's Stats at Road America ...The 38-year-old RCR driver is scheduled to make his third Nationwide Series start at the four-mile road course on Saturday. In Gaughan's prior starts, he averages a 16th-place starting position and a seventh-place finishing position. He has completed 100 percent of the laps ran and earned a third-place finish in June 2010.
In the Rearview Mirror: Michigan International Speedway ... Last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 RCR team qualified 16th for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250. The team gambled with fuel strategy and came up one lap short at the end of the race, bringing home a 22nd-place finish.
To the Points ...Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team remain seventh in the Nationwide Series driver point standing as the Series heads to the first road-course race of the season.
Where To Meet Brendan Gaughan ... On Friday, June 20, Gaughan will be taking part in the Nationwide Series driver autograph session from 4 to 5 p.m. Central Time at Road America, in front of the media center.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on road racing?
"I love Road America. I have loved it since I went there with Rusty (Wallace) for the first time in a stock car. I have been there a bunch in old sports cars and open wheel. It is one of my favorite road courses in America and actually the world. We are going there with guns loaded and plan on being really strong at Road America."
What is the toughest turn at Road America?
"I think the toughest corner that nobody talks about is Turn 5. Its downhill, which is an all-brake zone, with a hard left that is all uphill to another hard corner. A lot of passing happens between Turn 5 and Turn 6 and a lot of the wrecks you will see happen there, as well."
Do you have to be on offense or defense at a road course?
"It just depends on where you are in the corner, if you are in the lead you better play a little defense. But, if you are in a pack of cars you have to try and pass the guy in front of you and take advantage. If you have a guy right on your bumper, you first need to know who you are racing,.If you are racing someone who has a lot of road course experience, then you can breathe a little easier. But, if it is someone that doesn't have a lot of road course experience, you have to be prepared for them to lock up the brakes or slide too far and make a mistake."