Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Centers 301 Preivew
July 8, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event Camping World RV Sales 301
Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Richard Childress has four victories as a team owner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Robby Gordon (2001), Kevin Harvick (2006) and Clint Bowyer (2007 and 2010). In 100 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, Childress also has two pole awards, 15 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton, Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Gordon, Harvick, Steve Park and Mike Skinner.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,446 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 46 pole awards,105 wins, 454 top-five finishes and 963 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 18 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 five top-five and 17 top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank eighth (Newman), 10th (Menard) and 13th (Dillon) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Daytona Rewind ... Last weekend, RCR teammates Dillon, Menard and Newman finished fifth, 16th and 24th, respectively, in the Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.
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 Camping World RV Sales 301 will be televised live on Sunday, July 13 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on TNT and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Dow Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Camping Wold RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend. The No. 3 team used this Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a two-day test session there last week.
Dillon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Although this weekend marks Dillon's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempt at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion has made three Nationwide Series starts at the track, earning two third-place finishes (2013 and 2012) and led one lap. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion has three previous starts at the Loudon, N.H.-based facility in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of second in 2011 and best finish of fourth in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In two 2008 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division starts at the track, Dillon has two top-five finishes and one pole award.
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Get to the Points ... Dillon advanced from 18th to 13th in the championship point standings by finishing a career-best fifth in last weekend's Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.
Champions Breakfast ... Dillon is scheduled to make an appearance at the Speedway Children Charities' Champions Breakfast on Friday, July 11 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The event, which runs from 8-10 a.m. in the hospitality area behind the main grandstands, features a full breakfast and includes items donated by General Mills. Proceeds directly benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchock (CHaD) and David's House, a home away from home and critical resource for families of children being treated at CHaD. Tickets are $40 each and are available online at www.newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org or www.chadkids.org or by calling 603-653-3487.
Dirt Trackin' ... Dillon is spending this week on the road with his Team Dillon Racing Dirt Late Model Team participating in the Summer Nationals, including Haubstadt Speedway in Indiana on Sunday, Florence Speedway in Kentucky on Tuesday and Terre Haute Raceway in Indiana on Wednesday. To keep up-to-date with Dillon's dirt schedule, follow @TeamDillonRacing on Twitter.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
Do you enjoy New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
"I love New Hampshire Motor Speedway, that's one of my favorite tracks. I've always run well there in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I've got quite a few laps there, even going back to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East days, so I'm looking forward to my first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway."
A lot of drivers say New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a really hard track to get a hold of. Why?
"I think it goes back to short-track racing. It's a flat track, super flat. If you're not comfortable with that amount of banking it can be difficult to really get your balance right on the car. You have to give up certain points of the corner in order to be good on the long run, and then also off the corner."
No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Duracell/Menards Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... This weekend in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 27 Duracell / Menards Chevrolet SS team will race chassis No. 448. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at both Phoenix Raceway and Richmond International Raceway.
Menard at Loudon ... In 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 20 and an average finish of 24.6. Menard has completed 99 percent of the laps around the 1.058-mile track. In addition, Menard has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts amassing one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
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Season-to-date ... Through the first 18 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 5,081 of 5,206 laps contested (97.6 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 10th in the driver point standings.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 Libman/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with PRN and SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
What's Your Point ... After finishing 16th at Daytona International Speedway, Menard moved up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings and sits 10th, only eight markers out of ninth, heading into Loudon this weekend.
Looking Back ... Menard qualified 14th for last year's spring race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 27 Chevrolet team battled mechanical issues the entire event, which relegated the team to a 17th-place finish.
PAUL MENARD QUOTES:
A lot of people describe New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the way Phoenix International Raceway used to be. What do you think about it?
"It's a fun track. It has not been good to me in the Sprint Cup Series, so we are going to run the Nationwide Series race up there to try and get better. It has been good for me in the Nationwide Series, though. We'll try and make that transition a little better. It's a fun track, you can run on what's kind of like an apron. The bottom groove is flat, so it's like having an apron. The fast groove is a little more up, so it's like having high banking so you can change your position around a little bit. It's definitely a cool track."
Why is it so hard to get a hold of the track?
"It's really hard to pass, for one. New Hampshire is one of those tracks where everyone basically runs the same speed. There are usually about five guys that stand out and everyone else runs the same speed. It's really hard to pass, but it's a couple grooves so you just have to make your car work where the other guys can't. We'll try to work on that apron and get some good drive off, but you have to maintain the turn."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 435 in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS competed earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway on March 30 and at Richmond International Raceway on April 26. It was also utilized last week during the two-day team test at the 1.058-mile oval.
Newman at the Magic Mile ... In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, Newman is a force to contend with having three victories; the 2002 and 2005 fall events and the 2011 spring race. The "Rocket Man" also owns seven pole awards. In total, he owns six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Also, he has led 722 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of eighth and average finish of 14th. Plus, he ranks seventh in most points earned in the last 10 races at Loudon.
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Point of Interest ... Newman ranks eighth in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing the current leader by 135 points entering the 19th event on the schedule, the Camping World RV Sales 301.
Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman finished 39th after being involved in an accident.
Double Duty ... Newman will race the 7ny Gary Putnam Racing entry in Saturday's Whelen Modified Tour event at NHMS. Partners on board with Newman are WIX Filters, Menards and Aggressive Hydraulics.
Team Test ... Last week, all three Richard Childress Racing Cup teams tested at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 1 and 2.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
Do you enjoy racing at the Magic Mile?
"New Hampshire Motor Speedway has always been a good track for me, which is why I consider it to be one of my favorite tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. It's the place where I scored my first Cup win. I've found a way to be fastest on both Fridays and Sundays. I also enjoy the Modified races here and will compete in that event, as well. It's going to be a very busy weekend for me, but it will be a lot of fun. I really enjoy the area and the fans are great. New Hampshire is always a place I look forward to going back to each year."
When looking at the Chase grid you are eighth in points, but a win will help secure your place in the Chase with just eight races remaining. Where do you like your chances?
"If you look at my resume, you can't argue about my chances at Loudon. My first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came there. It's a place where I have the most wins in my career. Loudon is the place where I believe I can score my first victory with RCR and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team. I also like my chances at Indy and Pocono. I think those places can be special for us, too. Ultimately we try and win at all the races, but this sport is so competitive and it's difficult to get to victory lane and even tougher to get there multiple times. This Caterpillar team just needs to stay focused and keep doing what we are doing. Kentucky was big for us to be able to get that ice breaker of a top-five out of the way. You really can't expect to win a race by running 11th, 10th and seventh. But when you are in the top three, you are proving that you have a chance. I believe that's the direction this team is headed and to look for a similar run this weekend in Loudon."