Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 Preview
July 15, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: EnjoyIllinois.com 300
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.
Richard Childress Racing at Chicagoland ... The Welcome, N.C. organization currently has 34 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. RCR has earned four wins with Johnny Sauter in July 2002, Kevin Harvick in July 2005/2007 and Elliott Sadler in July 2012. Since 2001, RCR has accumulated 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, led 343 laps and averages an 11.5-place start and 9.9-place finish.
Dash4Cash Race #2 ... Brian Scott was one of the three-highest finishing drivers that receive Nationwide Series championship driver points at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, qualifying him for the Nationwide Series Dash4Cash program at Chicagoland Speedway. Scott is eligible for $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland Speedway should he be the top-finishing Dash4Cash driver.
Recap of New Hampshire ... Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan and Paul Menard posted seventh, 12th, 16th and 19th-place finishes, respectively, in the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon continues to lead the RCR-stable in the driver point standings being currently in fourth, Brian Scott is fifth and Brendan Gaughan seventh as the Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway.
Social Media ... To stay on track with the latest news, 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, @CaleConley and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Chicago Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway ... This weekend in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 141. One of the newest Richard Childress Racing chassis built for its 1.5-mile program, Scott has earned two fifth-place finishes in this car; one at Michigan International Speedway and the other at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Scott at Chicagoland ... In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile paved speedway, Scott has an average starting position of 14.7 and an average finish of 9.9. His best performance was during the fall race of 2011 where he qualified on the pole and finished third. Scott has two top-five and three top-10 finishes, with 1403 of 1404 laps completed (99.9 percent). In addition to his Nationwide Series starts, Scott has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.
#Dash4Cash ... After a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Scott and fellow competitors Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler and Chris Buescher qualified for the second round of the Nationwide Series' Dash 4 Cash running this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The highest finisher of the four drivers will collect $100,000 and will automatically advance to the third round of the program next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chart Topper ... Brian Scott continues to lead the Nationwide Series regulars with a 7.3 average starting position, and the most laps spent inside the top-15 (2,807 for 94.1 percent). Currently fifth in the driver point standings only 51 points out of the lead, the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team has finished 17th or better in 16 of the 17 races this season. He has earned one pole position at Richmond International Raceway, three top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
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What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Chicagoland Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ...Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team started the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the fifth position. Scott was caught in a multi-car wreck on lap 106 and was able to rebound with his Phil Gould led team to earn an impressive seventh-place result in his damaged Chevrolet Camaro.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on Chicagoland Speedway?
"Chicago has been a good race track for me in the Nationwide Series. I'm always excited when we go there. I'm disappointed with how we performed in Chicago last year. Chicago is one of my better 1.5-mile tracks and we have a package now at RCR where I feel like when we go back, I think we'll be really strong and really stout. It's one of my favorite race tracks. Being a stand-alone event, it will definitely be an opportunity to go out there and get a win for our Shore Lodge team."
What makes Chicagoland your best 1.5-mile track?
"I don't know, I've been asked that a lot. The way that the track is laid out, the way you can ride the high line. My strong suit seems to be typically, when the race gets going and the tires fall off, I'm able to work the high groove really well and make up a lot of time there. It's a fun place, I like going to Chicago. It's just a track I feel comfortable at and I have a lot of confidence when I go in. Sometimes, that's all it takes."
No. 3 Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro at Chicagoland Speedway ... This week Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 142 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro made its debut last month at Kentucky Motor Speedway where it finished seventh, after qualifying eighth.
Dillon at Chicagoland Speedway ... Dillon will be making his Nationwide Series debut at the 1.5-mile tri-oval this Saturday night. The 22-year-old rookie has made two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, recording one top-five finish. He won the ARCA Series presented by Menards race at Chicagoland in June 2011.
Happy Homecoming ... No. 3 team rear tire-changer Brian Bottlemy is returning to his home state this weekend. The 32-year-old Johnsburg, Ill.-native is entering his third year hitting lug nuts on the rear of the No. 3 Camaro. Bottlemy was a part of last year's Nationwide Series championship team with driver Austin Dillon.
Red Kap & RCR ... This week Red Kap will be featured as a primary sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. The official provider of high performance work-wear and uniforms for RCR, Red Kap has been in business since 1923.
Last time out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Dillon qualified 19th for the Sta-Green 200, but was forced to start from the rear after unapproved adjustments were made after qualifying. He quickly drove his way to inside the top-15 and crossed the finish line 12th.
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.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session on Friday beginning at 4:15 p.m. CT in Champion's Park at Chicagoland Speedway.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What is your mindset for this weekend as you make your Nationwide Series debut at Chicagoland?
"We're going back to a 1.5-mile track, where I see our team improving greatly. We raced this same Camaro a few weeks ago in Kentucky, and it was probably our strongest car yet. I'm excited to make some laps at Chicagoland, it's a great track and I was able to get into victory lane a few years ago in the ARCA race. All things are looking up for this weekend."
No. 33 IAVA Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's IAVA Chevrolet Camaro at Chicagoland Speedway ... Cale Conley will pilot chassis No. 116 in Saturday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet last saw track action on three separate occasions in 2014, with teammate Ty Dillon earning three top-10 finishes. This chassis has three top-five and nine top-10 finishes to its credit, with a pole and a second-place finish at Iowa Speedway in 2013.
Back in the Driver's Seat ... On Saturday afternoon, Conley will make his first competitive laps at Chicagoland Speedway in the Nationwide Series. The 22-year-old Vienna, W. Va- native will make his fifth start of the season and first career start on a 1.5-mile speedway.
About IAVA ... Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will adorn the hood of Conley's No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway. IAVA is the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families, with nearly 300,000 members and supporters nationwide. IAVA is dedicated to standing with the 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives. The organization supports new veterans in health, education, employment and building a lasting community for vets and their families.
Last Time in the Seat ... Conley last saw track action at Dover International Speedway. The 22-year-old RCR driver qualified 18th before being collected in a mid-race incident, finishing 31st.
Meet Cale ... Fans have the chance to meet Conley and his fellow competitors during the Nationwide Series autograph session Friday afternoon beginning at 4:15 p.m. CT in Champion's Park at Chicagoland Speedway.
CALE CONLEY QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading into this weekend?
"I'm excited to get on track at Chicagoland (Speedway); it'll be my first time at a 1.5 mile-track and I know if we unload well, we'll have a good weekend on tap. I have confidence in Nick (Harrison - crew chief) and our No. 33 crew. This team has had such a strong run over the past month and I hope I can keep that momentum alive this weekend to bring home another strong finish."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Chicago... Brendan Gaughan will race chassis No. 140 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be the third race of the season the No. 140 will be piloted by Gaughan. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet was raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Gaughan finished 17th and Kentucky Motor Speedway where Gaughan finished eighth.
Gaughan's Stats in the Windy City...The Las Vegas-native is making his fourth start at Chicago in the Nationwide Series on Saturday night. Gaughan has led one lap and has an average start of 23.3 and an average finish of 19th. The 39-year-old driver also has three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.5-mile speedway. In 2012, Gaughan qualified sixth and finished second. He averaged a 9.3-place start and a 13.7-place finish.
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In the Rearview Mirror: New Hampshire ... The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team qualified 11th for the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gaughan brushed the wall early and was forced to come to pit road to repair right-side damage. The team fought back throughout the 200-lap event to a 16th-place finish.
To the Points ...Gaughan currently remains seventh in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
How has the 1.5-mile program been for Richard Childress Racing?
"The 1.5-mile program is looking better and better. You can definitely see a bump in our performance with the new Chevrolet Camaros that Richard Childress Racing is putting together. The No. 33 team and Menard earned a win at Michigan and we all finished well at Kentucky Motor Speedway; we expect to keep that momentum going."
Why is Chicagoland Speedway a favorite 1.5-mile track for drivers?
"Chicago is a different 1.5-mile track than the rest because both corners are increasing radius corners, which makes it easier to drive than the other mile and half tracks. There is an arc to the back straightaway, but you still want and try to drive somewhat of a straight line."