NNS Sta-Green 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Preview
July 8, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Sta-Green 200
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Richard Childress Racing at Loudon ... The Welcome, N.C. organization currently has 28 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the 1.058-mile oval speedway. Since 2000, RCR has earned one win with Kevin Harvick in June 2007, four pole awards and also accumulated 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Richard Childress-owned company has led 842 laps at the track and averages a 9.6 starting position and 11.2-place finish.
Dash4Cash Race No. 1 ... The highest finisher from the Daytona qualifiers and the three-highest finishing drivers that receive NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points at New Hampshire will qualify for the Chicagoland Dash4Cash bonus. Those same rules are in effect for the last two events at Indianapolis and Iowa. Four lucky fans will receive all expense paid trips to Iowa Speedway and the chance to win $100,000. After all, it's the fans that drive our sport. Fans may log on to www.NASCAR.com/Dash4Cash to register and receive more information.
Recap of Daytona ... Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, and Brendan Gaughan posted 11th, 16th and 28th-place finishes, respectively, in Daytona International Speedway's Subway Firecracker 250 last weekend.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon leads the RCR-stable in the driver point standings currently in fourth, with teammates Brian Scott in fifth and Brendan Gaughan seventh as the Series heads to New Hampshire Motor 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, @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.
New Hampshire Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's race in New Hampshire will be televised live on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on PRN and SiriusXM Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team are heading into New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 with old faithful chassis No. 101. Most recently raced at Dover International Speedway where Scott qualified third and finished seventh, this Richard Childress Racing chassis has an average starting position of sixth and an average finishing position of seventh. The chassis recorded three pole awards in 2012, the fall and spring Richmond International Speedway races and at Iowa Speedway. Chassis No. 101 also has two victories at Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012 to its credit.
Scott at New Hampshire ... In four Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile paved speedway, Scott has an average starting position of 12.2 and an average finish of 14.8. His best performance was last summer where he qualified fifth and finished fourth. Scott has one top-five and one top-10 finish, with 815 of 819 laps completed (99.5 percent). In addition to his Nationwide Series starts, Scott has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with two top-10 finishes, three laps led and 598 of 600 laps completed (97.3 percent).
Halfway next time by ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team currently sits fifth in the driver point standings, just 54 points out of the lead. Scott remains the top Nationwide Series regular with a 7.4 average starting position. He also is the top Nationwide Series regular in most laps spent inside the top-15 (2,607, 93.6 percent). Scott has finished 17th or better in 15 of the 16 races this season earning one pole position at Richmond International Raceway, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
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What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter New Hampshire Motor Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ...Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team started the Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola in the 15th position. 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 final laps of the race finishing 16th.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
Do you like the style of race tracks like New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
"Our short track program has been really strong. We battled up front all day for the lead at Iowa. We were more of a long-run car and should the race have gone on a long run, we would've won that race. It played out more into the restarts and short runs and things that were not our strong suit. Of course, Richmond we were able to get the pole there and lead a good portion of the race. I'm happy with our short track program. I think we will be equally as good at New Hampshire. Hopefully we can figure out what it's going to take. We are just missing a little bit to break into that win column."
No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's WESCO Chevrolet Camaro at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 125 this weekend in the Sta-Green 200. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro saw action last season in Loudon with driver Austin Dillon, who finished third. Chassis No. 125 has been raced twice in 2014; a 10th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway and a 14th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway.
Dillon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... The 22-year-old driver will be making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the "Magic Mile." Dillon has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series starts in Loudon, including one top-10 finish. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of 12 tracks Dillon will be making his Nationwide Series debut.
Halfway... The Nationwide Series reached its unofficial halfway point Friday night and the No. 3 team feels it has had a fair start. Through 16 of 33 races, Dillon has recorded 11 top-10 finishes, one pole award (Las Vegas Motor Speedway), led 19 laps, and has completed 2782 of 2784 laps. The team sees itself in contention for its second consecutive Series championship, after winning it last season with driver Austin Dillon.
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 six races thus far in 2014, and last season partnered with Dillon in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro for six races.
Last time out at Daytona International Speedway ... Dillon qualified 16th but was quickly able to get inside the top-five. In the end, the team finished 11th after a green-white-checkered finish.
Get to the points ... Dillon remains fourth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon currently is in second place.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
Are you excited to make your NNS-career debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
"Yes, I'm looking forward to it because it's a challenging race track. I've raced there before, but in a completely different car. We really are going to spend time working on our set up and making sure we have the best handling car when it comes time for this 200-mile race."
The season is at the halfway point, how do you feel so far?
"We've definitely had our ups and downs this season and we're working really hard at getting to where we need to be. I think in the past couple of weeks we've proved that we're headed in the right direction. At the end of the day, we're in contention for a championship, which is our main goal. I think we're on track to get a win soon."
No. 33 Libman / Menards Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Libman / Menards Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... This weekend in the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 33 Libman / Menards Chevrolet Camaro team will race chassis No. 107. This Richard Childress Racing chassis has an average starting position of 10.9 and an average finishing position of 8.7. Menard captured the pole award at the spring Texas Motor Speedway race in 2012 with this chassis. In addition to the pole award, this Chevrolet Camaro has six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Menard at Loudon ... In six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 16.7 and an average finish of 17.5. Menard has completed 87 percent of the laps around the 1.058-mile track. In addition, Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the Magic Mile.
Nationwide Series Racing ... Menard will compete in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro. So far, Menard captured the victory at Michigan International Speedway and finished fourth at Kentucky Speedway. The next race on Menard's schedule is this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; followed by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Libman/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday. This race is scheduled to air live on TNT at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, along with PRN and SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Looking Back ... Menard qualified 16th for last year's spring race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro team raced in the top 10 for the majority of the 200-lap event, but was relegated to a 32nd-place finish after a late-race incident ended his day early.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading in to Loudon?
"I think New Hampshire is a fun track to race. We haven't had much luck in the Sprint Cup Series, so running the Nationwide Series race should help make that transition better. It's hard to pass here, but the different grooves make racing interesting. I'm sure Nick (Harrison, Crew Chief) and the guys have been working hard to bring a fast Libman/Menards Chevy to the track. I'm looking forward to it."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at New Hampshire ... Brendan Gaughan will drive chassis No. 109 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino chassis has been piloted by Gaughan three times this season. At Bristol Motor Speedway where Gaughan qualified 20th and finished seventh, Darlington Raceway where he qualified 13th and finished 22nd, and most recently at Dover International Speedway where he qualified 10th and finished 12th.
Gaughan's Stats at New Hampshire ... Gaughan is scheduled to make his third Nationwide Series start at the 1.058-mile oval speedway in Loudon, N.H. The 38-year-old driver has two previous starts, has completed 399 of 400 laps and earned one top-10 finish in June 2010. Gaughan also has seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in Loudon. In those seven starts, Gaughan accumulated two top-five and three top-10 finishes. He also averaged an 11.6 starting position and 15.9-place finish.
Hometrack: Shane Wilson ... Crew chief Shane Wilson, originally from Vermont, returns north to what he considers his home track. Wilson started his racing career in Vermont where he began building race cars before ever obtaining a driver license. His relationship with Gaughan began in 2000 when he took over the position of crew chief and general manager of Orleans Racing in Las Vegas. Wilson joined Richard Childress Racing in December 2005 and has worked as crew chief for drivers including, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and now back again with Brendan Gaughan.
In the Rearview Mirror: Daytona ... The Las Vegas-native qualified 14th for Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Gaughan was involved in a three-car accident with six laps remaining. The No. 62 RCR team was relegated a 28th-place finish at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
To the Points ... Gaughan currently remains seventh in the driver point standings as the Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
"I haven't been to New Hampshire in a while. It is Shane Wilson's home track. He always tries to put on a good show for me when I am home at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. So I am going to do my best to run well for him. I like New Hampshire because it's a fun, driver-style track. You have to have a good setup because the track is so flat and demanding to get grip. The fun part is racing for a team like RCR where you know you will have great equipment and a setup."