Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 Preview
July 2, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola
Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Richard Childress Racing at Daytona ... RCR currently has 58 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the World Center of Racing. Since 2000, the Welcome, N.C. organization has visited winner's circles five times and accumulated 26 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes. RCR averages a 10.8-place start and averages a 10.3-place finish, with 475 laps led and 6,442 of 6,505 laps (99 percent) completed.
The Season So Far ... After the first 15 Nationwide Series races in the 2014 season, RCR has made 53 starts with drivers, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Cale Conley, Paul Menard and Matt Crafton. The team has earned two victories, on each at Michigan International Speedway and Road America, two pole awards, done at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway, and accumulated six top-five and 24 top-10 finishes. The RCR-stable has led a total of 107 laps and has an average starting position of 10.8 and average finishing position of 12.7.
Recap of Kentucky ... Paul Menard, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott posted fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth-place finishes, respectively, at Kentucky Speedway's John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 last Friday evening.
Getting to the Points ... All three full-time RCR drivers remain in the top-10 of the Nationwide Series driver point standings. Ty Dillon is fourth, Brian Scott fifth, and Brendan Gaughan is seventh as the Series heads back to Daytona International Speedway.
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.
Daytona Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's race in Daytona will be televised live on Friday, July 4, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race brand new Richard Childress Racing chassis No. 139 at Daytona International Speedway this week in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola. This chassis will make its first laps on track during first practice on Thursday at the 2.5-mile speedway.
Scott at Daytona ... In nine Nationwide Series starts at the world center of racing, Scott has an average starting position of 18.8 and an average finish of 22.7. He is also credited with six laps led and one top-10 finish. In addition to his Nationwide Series starts, Scott has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with one top-10 finish, four laps led and 100 percent of the laps completed. Scott also made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the Great American Race in February.
15 Down, 18 Races to go ... The 2014 season for Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team has been an impressive one. Scott leads the Nationwide Series regular's with a 6.9 average starting position. He also is the top Nationwide Series regular in most laps spent inside the top-15 (2,547, 95 percent) and average running position (7.7). Scott has finished 17th or better in 14 of the 15 races this season and trails the championship points lead by 47 points as he sits fifth in the standings.
Golf at Whitetail Course ... The Fourth of July marks the middle of summer, which means you are still working on getting in your golf games. What better place to visit than one of Golf Digest's 'Top 100' championship golf courses designed by two-time U.S. Open winner, Andy North and Roger Packard, at Whitetail. The 18-hole, par 71-72 course has a course rating of 71.4. To make your reservations, visit www.ShoreLodge.com .
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Daytona International Speedway Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Where to Meet Scott ... Scott is scheduled to attend the Nationwide Series autograph session at the Sprint FANZONE on Friday, July 4 from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Rearview Mirror ...Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team started the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 presented by Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over in the fifth position at Kentucky Speedway. The team battled a tight Camaro for the 200-lap race and crossed the finish line eighth. This finish marked the seventh top-10 finish for the Shore Lodge team and puts Scott fifth in the driver point standings.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Are you ready to get back to restrictor-plate racing Friday night?
"Restrictor plates and road courses have been the biggest gamble. It's a role of the dice at either of those tracks. So far, the dice has not worked out for this Shore Lodge Chevrolet team. We are due, we are due for a good run. At Talladega our Camaro was really fast, we led for 10 laps and were up front battling all day. An unfortunate situation getting hit from behind and nothing we could do. I know our ECR Engines are powerful and our bodies our good. This team is capable of great things on superspeedway's, we just need the breaks to go the right way."
What have you been able to take away from those races that will help this weekend at Daytona?
"Even though we are where we are in points, I feel really great about this year. We have had really good speed, we've qualified well and we've been running really well. Sometimes our finishes haven't showed that and, like I mentioned before, through some of the wild card races, we've lost points. If you take those out of the equation, I think we would be right in the mix of the championship point battle. With the speed and competition that we've been showing everywhere, we are going to claw our way back into this championship fight because we are scoring points and making them up. We just have to keep diggin'."
No. 3 Yuengling America's Oldest Brewery Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Yuengling America's Oldest Brewery Chevrolet at DIS ... Dillon will pilot Richard Childress Racing chassis No. 128, which has seen action in both superspeedway races this season. He finished seventh at Daytona International Speedway in February and 15th at Talladega Superspeedway. Additionally, chassis No. 128 was raced last July in Daytona by driver Austin Dillon, where he finished fifth.
Dillon at Daytona International Speedway ... In two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, Dillon has one top-10 finish, which came earlier this season in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro. Dillon finished inside the top-10 twice in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at DIS.
America's Oldest Brewery on board ... D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., an American Owned and Family Operated brewery based in Pottsville, Pa., has partnered with Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Nationwide Series team this season. This week's special red, white and blue patriotic paint scheme will be featured in Friday's Fourth of July night race at Daytona International Speedway.
Thank a service member ... Yuengling will be giving away 25 patriotic t-shirts for fans that thank their favorite Armed Services member. Between July 1 and July 6, follow @Yuengling_Beer and use #YuenglingThanks to enter for a chance to win.
Cheers to 185 years ... It's been 185 years since the first brew was sold, which calls for a celebration. D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. will be celebrating its 185th Anniversary on July 4, the 185th day of the year. Still Family Owned and Operated today, Yuengling has been in business since 1829.
Kentucky Speedway race rewind ... Dillon qualified eighth and raced inside the top-five for the first 41 laps. The 22-year-old driver floated back to 15th-place, twice, but managed to battle back inside the top-10 and finished seventh. Dillon was the first rookie to cross the finish line and recorded the team's 11th top-10 finish of the season.
Points update ... Dillon remains fourth in the driver point standings trailing the leader by only 29 points. In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award standings, Dillon is second.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
You finished seventh in Daytona a few months ago; what do you need to do to build on that?
"It was definitely a learning experience, and we got some good information from the first race of the season. Learning the draft, making sure we keep our car clean for the end of the race, and to just be smart. We have the best motors in the sport with ECR Engines, so we should be very competitive for a win this Friday.
Have you figured out a strategy for qualifying yet?
"I think so. It's important to be on the same page as our teammates (Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan), be smart and find the right time to go out on the track. It's been very exciting this season so far, but we just want to make sure we don't wreck anything before the green-flag."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Daytona ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 123 at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola. This No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino chassis visited victory lane at Daytona in February 2013 with Tony Stewart and was also driven by Ty Dillon at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013 and Daytona in July 2013.
Gaughan's Stats at Daytona ... Gaughan is making his sixth start this weekend at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Gaughan earned his first top-10 at Daytona International Speedway this February when he finished sixth in the season opener. He has completed 536 of 565 laps, 94.9 percent. The
38-year-old RCR driver also has nine starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the historic superspeedway, leading 17 laps and earning one top-10 finish.
Milestone Weekend ... Gaughan is scheduled to make his 100th Nationwide Series start this weekend when the Series returns to the Sunshine State. Since 2001, the 38-year-old driver has earned 10 top-fives and 25 top-10 finishes, one pole award in 2009 at Bristol Motor Speedway and one win this season at Road America.
Red, White & Blue ... The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro will don a new look this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in honor of Independence Day. The Richard Childress Racing team will celebrate America's birthday with a stars and stripes gracing the paint scheme.
In the Rearview Mirror: Kentucky ... Gaughan qualified 12th for Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 62 RCR team battled both a loose and tight handling car throughout the race, but was able to rebound to a sixth-place finish.
To the Points ... The Las Vegas-native is currently seventh in the driver point standings as the Series heads back to Daytona International Speedway.
Where to Meet Gaughan ... Gaughan is scheduled to attend the Nationwide Series autograph session at the Sprint FANZONE on Friday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on returning to Daytona?
"The race in July is always much different than the one in February, but we are excited to return. In February, the team was really strong and we were able to race to a sixth-place finish. One thing is for sure, it should definitely be an exciting race for everyone."
Do you like restrictor plate racing?
"I do and I don't. I think everyone has a part of them that doesn't, just because there are so many things that can happen, but one of the good things is that anyone can win. A restrictor plate race is similar to a game of chess, you have to be smart and make the right moves to survive."