Indianapolis Motor Speedway Nationwide Series Preview
July 21, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: Lilly Diabetes 250
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Ind.
Richard Childress Racing at Indianapolis ... With eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, RCR has completed all 800 laps of competition since the Series began racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012. The Welcome, N.C. organization averages an 8.4-place start and a seventh-place finish at the 2.5-mile oval. RCR has accumulated four top-five and six top-10 finishes. In 2013, Brian Scott led three laps and finished the race second.
#Dash4Cash ... Brian Scott finished sixth at Chicagoland Speedway, highest of the four eligible drivers, earning him the Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus. Heading into the third round of the program, Brian Scott and Ty Dillon are eligible for the $100,000 bonus at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Recap of Chicago ... Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan and Cale Conley posted fifth, sixth, 11th and 12th-place finishes, respectively, in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon currently leads the RCR-stable in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in fourth, Brian Scott is fifth and Brendan Gaughan seventh as the Series heads to Indianapolis 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.
Brickyard Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on Sirius XM channel 90.
No. 2 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro will race Richard Childress Racing chassis No. 148 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250. This chassis made its debut at Kentucky Speedway, qualifying fifth and bringing home Scott's seventh top-10 finish of the season.
Scott at Indianapolis ... In two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the famed 2.5-mile speedway, Scott has an average starting position of 13th and an average finish of eighth. His best performance was during last season's event as Scott lead in the closing laps of the race, finishing second.
#Dash4Cash ... In the second round of the Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash program, Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR team captured the $100,000 bonus as the highest of the four qualified drivers with a sixth-place finish. Scott's win automatically transfer's him to the third round of the Dash4Cash running this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chart Topper ... Brian Scott continues to lead the Nationwide Series regulars with a 6.9 average starting position, and the most laps spent inside the top-15 (3,005, 94.4 percent). Currently fifth in the driver point standings only 47 points out of the lead, the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team has finished 17th or better in 17 of the 18 races this season. He has earned two pole positions at Richmond International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff ... This weekend the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro team welcomes back partner Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, America's original and best-selling, tobacco-free smokeless snuff. SMS joined Scott as primary sponsor at Iowa Speedway in May. IMS marks the second of a five primary-race partnership for the world's largest tobacco-free smokeless company,
What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Indianapolis Motor Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott started the weekend off right at Chicagoland Speedway by collecting his fourth career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole and second at the 1.5-mile speedway for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300. Scott would lead the opening 20 laps before reporting his Shore Lodge Chevrolet was tight in the center of the corners. The team crossed the finish line in the sixth position and earned the Dash4Cash bonus at Chicagoland Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Talk about your thoughts on returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
"Indianapolis is a great race track. Still one of my favorite memories is taking the lead with six laps to go, battling and almost winning last year. Unfortunately, the 54 got back by us and we finished second. It was exciting and I feel like that is a place normally owned by cup regulars who come down to race in the Nationwide Series. If anyone can beat them, I think our Shore Lodge team can. Our team is strong and we'll keep plugging away till we get that victory.
The Nationwide Series is in the middle of an 18-week race stretch, how does your team prepare for that?
"This is the part of the season where we separate the men from the boys. The week-in-week out, diversity in the schedule - superspeedway, short track, road-course racing, it's going to really test the strength of programs. The group of experienced guys like we have on this RCR team is seasoned. They know. They are ready and prepared. We've got a good fleet of cars back at the shop and we haven't torn up a lot of stuff, so far, in the season. I think we are ready and equipped to battle through the hot summer months."
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at IMS ... This weekend, Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 145 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro last saw track action in June where it finished ninth at Michigan International Speedway. Chassis No. 145 made its debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May where Dillon finished 10th.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Brickyard ... The 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C.-native made his second career Nationwide Series start at the famous 2.5-mile speedway in the No. 51 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro on July 28, 2012. He recorded his first career top-five finish crossing the finish line third in the inaugural Nationwide Series race at the Brickyard.
Bass Pro Shops & RCR in 2014 ... Bass Pro Shops will be on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro for the fourth time this season as a primary sponsor. America's No. 1 Outdoor Retailer has been a long time partner of RCR including last season with Dillon in the Camping World Truck Series.
Chicagoland race rewind ... Dillon recorded the team's first top-five finish of the season, and his second career top five, crossing the finish line fifth in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300. The team qualified second behind teammate Brian Scott and was able to stay within the top-five for most of the 200-lap race.
Points update ... Dillon remained fourth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, trailing the leader by only 30 points. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon remains in second place.
Slingin' Dirt ... In addition to this Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at IMS, Dillon is scheduled to make a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night. The Series will return for a second time to the famous half-mile dirt track for the "Mudsummer Classic" live on Fox Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to be at the Team Chevy Mega Stage on Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m. to answer questions from fans.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
Last time you raced at IMS you finished third - are you looking forward to your return?
"Absolutely. That race was a great way for me to start out my Nationwide Series career. It meant a lot to be able to race at such a prestigious racing venue and finish that well. I was racing alongside guys like Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, so to be able to finish third was a rewarding feeling. Hopefully this time around we have a shot at winning."
No. 33 Libman / Menards Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... This weekend in the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet Camaro team will race chassis No. 146. This Chevrolet Camaro was previously raced by Menard at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway where he finished first and fourth, respectively.
Menard at Indy ... In two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Menard has an average starting position of 9.5 and an average finish of seventh. Menard has completed 100 percent of the laps around the 2.5-mile track. In addition, Menard has seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including a win in 2011.
Nationwide Series Racing ... Menard is scheduled to compete in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro. At this point in his part-time season, Menard won the race at Michigan International Speedway, amassed one top-five and two top-10 finishes. Menard is scheduled to also race at Watkins Glen International, Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, along with SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Looking Back ... Menard qualified 10th for last year's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro team raced in the top-15 for the majority of the 100-lap event and finished sixth.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading in to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
"Indy is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I practically grew up at the race track watching IndyCar races with my family. It's always special to come here. We had a tough weekend in Loudon, so I'm looking forward to getting back on track in the NIBCO/Menards Chevy."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at the Brickyard ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 147 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet last saw track action at Michigan International Speedway where Gaughan finished 22nd after gambling with fuel strategy.
Gaughan's Stats in Indianapolis ... The 39-year-old driver is set to make his first Nationwide Series start at the historic 2.5-mile oval. Gaughan has one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in 2004. The Las Vegas-native was involved in an on-track accident and completed 95 of 161 laps.
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In the Rearview Mirror: Chicagoland ... Gaughan and the South Point Hotel & Casino team qualified ninth for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The team was forced to start at the tail of the field after making necessary repairs to the right rear from contact with the wall during qualifying. Gaughan battled through the field throughout the night and brought the RCR Chevrolet Camaro to an 11th-place finish.
To the Points ... Gaughan remains seventh in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Meet Brendan Gaughan ... Gaughan is scheduled to visit the Team Chevy Mega Stage near the Pagoda on Friday, July 25th at 1:15 p.m. ET. On Saturday, July 26th Gaughan is also scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session beginning at 10 a.m. at the Infield Pavilion at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wristbands for the autograph session will be distributed starting at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis in the pavilion area.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing at Indianapolis?
"I am very excited to go back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be my first race back at Indy since 2004. We had a good car that year, but got involved in a huge wreck that ended our day early. I can't tell you how excited I am to go there with RCR and ECR equipment. The team and I are really looking forward to getting on track at Indy."
Do you ever get time at Indianapolis to enjoy being at such a historical track?
"The first time I was ever able to visit Indianapolis was with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. After I gave my first ride along, my eyes were just as big and I was just as excited as the customer in the passenger seat. No matter how many times you've been there or how old you get, it is a very special place every time you walk into the Brickyard."