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July 16, 2014

From the Pit Box Chicagoland Speedway: Danny Stockman

We’ve had some success there in the past ...getting a win in the Camping World Truck Series. We have a new driver in Ty this season, so I’m looking forward to racing there.

If you ask No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief Danny Stockman about Richard Childress Racing’s 1.5-mile program, he’ll put it up against any other team in the sport. His confidence stems from the research and development, engineering and emphasis on aerodynamics RCR has invested in its Nationwide Series program. Stockman has been on top of the pit box for three wins at a 1.5-mile track; two in 2012 at Kentucky Speedway and one at Chicagoland Speedway in 2011 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Overall, RCR has recorded five Nationwide Series victories on 1.5-miles tracks since 2012.

The Series crossed its unofficial halfway point on the schedule last weekend and Stockman feels the momentum is in his team’s favor. The 32-year-old, Winston-Salem-native, noted some of the difficulties this season but remained optimistic when talking about this weekend’s race in Joliet, Illinois.

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What is the set-up like for Chicagoland?
“It’s a pretty normal 1.5-mile set-up. There are a few little things that make it different than Charlotte or Texas, but for the most part you try to bring as much downforce, aerodynamics and as much horsepower you can get. We focus a lot on aerodynamics. The race track is bumpy and its gaining bumps each time we visit.”

What are your expectations this weekend?
“Same as every weekend; we need to win. We’ve had some success there in the past, running inside the top-five and getting a win in the Camping World Truck Series. We have a new driver in Ty this season, so I’m looking forward to racing there.”

This is the same Chevrolet Camaro you brought to Kentucky, which was a strong racecar. Do you expect it to perform just as well?
“Expectations are high, for sure. We can make mistakes and beat ourselves. We’ve all been working hard on these racecars. This Camaro had success and we had it driving the way Ty wanted it to, so hopefully it will transfer over.”

Now that we are past the halfway point, how do you assess the season?
“Our performance has not been good enough overall, and we know that. We would like to have a win by now, but we’re a hard working team. We need to stop beating ourselves and making silly mistakes. We still have that yellow stripe on the back of our car this year. We need to keep learning and keep making progress. If we keep bettering our finishes, it’ll only be a matter of time before we get into victory lane.”
 

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