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July 5, 2014

Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 Report

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola

Daytona International Speedway

Friday, July 4, 2014 

 

Race Highlights: 

  • Brendan Gaughan qualified 14th and was the top Richard Childress Racing starter for the Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola. Brian Scott qualified 15th and Ty Dillon 16th.
  • Ty Dillon earned an 11th-place finish with teammates Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan finishing 16th and 28th , respectively.
  • Ty Dillon currently leads the RCR drivers in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in fourth, Brian Scott is fifth and Brendan Gaughan seventh.
  • Next up for the Nationwide Series is the STA-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Catch all the action live on Saturday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
 
Brian Scott Finishes 16th at Daytona International Speedway
  
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team started the Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola in the 15th position. The 26-year old driver maneuvered his way around the famed Daytona International Speedway trying to secure the best track position to be there at the end of the 100-lap event. Always the luck of the draw with superspeedway racing, the Boise, Idaho driver was racing inside the top-10 with less than 20 laps to go. Scott was shuffled out of the draft during the green-white-checkered finish to the 16th- place finishing position. The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Saturday.
  
Start - 15th        Finish - 16th    Laps Led - 1    Pts - 5th

BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
"The wild card races have not been good to us this year. We were there at the end, looking to have a solid finish and a good points night. We are definitely disappointed with our finish tonight." 
 
 
Ty Dillon Finishes 11th at Daytona International Speedway
 
Ty Dillon drove the No. 3 Yuengling America's Oldest Brewery Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish on Friday night under the lights of Daytona International Speedway. Dillon qualified 16th in a rain-shortened qualifying session, then was forced to wait an additional hour for the green flag due to steady rainfall. Dillon raced inside the top-10 for 49 laps, and inside the top-five for 40 laps, despite finishing outside the top-10. The 22-year-old driver stayed in the draft, maneuvered to the front and looked to have a top-three finish before lap 94 and 99 caution flags. The No. 3 team gambled on fuel mileage and conserved enough to make it to the end. They were able to hang tough on the green-white-checkered finish to cross the stripe 11th. Dillon was the third Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to cross the finish line and remains fourth in the driver point standings.
 
Start -16th    Finish -11th   Laps Led -0      Points - 4th
 
Ty Dillon Quote:
"Tonight was a very disappointing finish and was not an indication on how our night was. Our No. 3 Yuengling America's Oldest Brewery Chevrolet Camaro was fast. We proved that by running inside the top-three for a while. It's what happens with restrictor plate racing; it's wild at the end. I'm sure the fans enjoyed the show."
 
 
Brendan Gaughan Finishes 28th at Daytona International Speedway
 
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet qualified 14th for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. From the beginning of the race, Gaughan tried to learn what lines his Chevrolet Camaro could run the best. The 38-year-old veteran moved to the high line on lap 20 and began moving through the field. On lap 37, green flag stops were underway and crew chief Shane Wilson called for Gaughan to stay out to lead laps. The Las Vegas-native was content with the handling of his Camaro and had no feedback when the caution fell on lap 53. The Richard Childress Racing team used pit strategy under caution coming in for right-side tires and fuel, and then again for left-side tires two laps later. Gaughan brought out the caution on lap 94 when he was caught up in a three-car accident relegating him to his 28th-place finish. The No. 62 RCR team remains seventh in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
Start - 14th       Finish -28th     Laps Led - 3     Points - 7th
                                                   
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE: 

"This is definitely not the night we wanted for the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet. We unfortunately got caught up in a late-race accident, but all we can do is keep our heads high and move on to New Hampshire. There is still a lot of racing left in the season. "

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