Nationwide Series: Watkins Glen International Preview
August 4, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: Zippo 200 at The Glen
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Location: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Richard Childress Racing at The Glen ... With 21 starts at the 2.45-mile road course, RCR visited victory lane in 2007 with Kevin Harvick. Since 2000, the Welcome, N.C. organization has led 111 laps and accumulated five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. The Richard Childress-owned race team has completed 1687 of 1727 laps (97.7 percent) and averages a 15.2 starting position and a 12-place finish.
Recap of Iowa... Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan posted fifth, seventh and 11th-place finishes, respectively, at Iowa Speedway in the U.S. Cellular 250.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon is currently tied for third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, only 12 points from the leader, Brian Scott is tied for sixth and Brendan Gaughan is eighth as the Series heads to the second road course race of the season, Watkins Glen International.
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.
Watkins Glen Coverage... Coverage of this weekend's race at Watkins Glen International will be televised live on Saturday, August 9, beginning at 2 p.m. ET on ABC. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International ... This weekend Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will turn left and right once again with Chassis No. 135 in the Zippo 200. Most recently, Scott raced this chassis at Road America. This chassis debuted at Mid-Ohio last season where Scott started and finished 12th. Richard Childress Racing teammate Paul Menard tested this chassis at Virginia International Raceway in June.
Scott at Watkins Glen ... Scott will be making his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the 2.45-mile road course where he has four previous starts earning one top-10 finish, has an average start of 15th and an average finish of 12th. Scott has finished 14th or better in all four races, with 330 of 331 (99.7 percent) laps completed.
Chart Topper ... Brian Scott continues to lead the Nationwide Series regulars with a 7.0 average starting position, and the most laps spent inside the top-15 (3,348, 94.7 percent). Currently tied for sixth in the driver point standings only 41 points out of the lead, the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team has collected three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes this season. Additionally, Scott has earned two pole positions at Richmond International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.
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What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Watkins Glen International tied for sixth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified for the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway in the fourth position. With track position playing a major role at the 7/8-mile track, the 26-year-old driver battled inside the top-10 for the majority of the 250-lap event. With three laps to go on the final restart, Scott got shuffled into the seventh position where he would ultimately cross the finish line.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What kind of road racer are you?
"I feel like I'm a good road racer. At Road America we ran upfront. I had my first experience racing on a road course in the rain. We were running second and unfortunately, the late race caution extended the race a little bit and it put us out of our fuel window and lost all our track position. But, our performance was really good both in the dry and in the rain at Road America, so I am excited to get back to a road course like Watkins Glen. I feel like we are capable of running up front and having a good performance."
Is Watkins Glen the speedway of Road Courses?
"I think it is. Everything is just a fast turn. It's all about keeping your speed up and not as technical as a place like Mid-Ohio for instance where we go next week. It's fun and it's always a big challenge. You get a lot of Cup guys who double dip and come and race in the Nationwide Series. The days of old where you used to really have to beat the road-course ringers are gone, all the stock car drivers are pretty good road racers now. It's hard to get an advantage. The competition level is going to be really high at Watkins Glen. I feel like it will be the fastest of the road courses we go to and yes, superspeedway like."
How difficult is the bus stop?
"It can get interesting. I don't think it's a difficult corner, but it always has a tendency of things happening there. If you're behind someone that gets in the grass, your grill gets covered in grass. Sometimes people get loose or sideways through there. It's always an exciting corner. There is always something going on there. But as far as difficulty, I don't think it's a challenging corner."
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro at Watkins Glen International ... This weekend Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 133 at Watkins Glen International. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro was raced earlier this season at Road America to a 19th-place finish. Chassis No. 133 was raced last season at The Glen by Austin Dillon.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at WGI ... The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to the second of three road course races on the schedule this weekend at the eight-turn, 2.45-mile road course. Dillon will be making his career debut at The Glen, but was able to test a Trans-Am Series Chevrolet Camaro on July 29.
Learning to turn right ... Dillon has been sharpening his road course skills over the past several months. He participated in the Ron Fellows Driving School on May 5, tested at Virginia International Raceway on May 27, finished 19th at Road America in the Nationwide Series, and drove the No. 12 Chevrolet Camaro in the Trans-Am Series race at Road America to a fourth-place finish.
BBQ at the Brewery ... Have you ever wanted to visit America's Oldest Brewery? Ty Dillon and grandfather/team owner Richard Childress are scheduled to make a pit stop at the historic Yuengling Brewery on Thursday, August 7 for its annual BBQ at the Brewery. Dillon and Childress are scheduled to sign autographs for Yuengling patrons from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 5th & Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, Pennsylvania. This event is open to the public.
America's Oldest Brewery on board ... D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., an American Owned and Family Operated brewery based in Pottsville, Pa., has partnered with Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Nationwide Series team this season. Brewing beer for 185 years, Yuengling will be featured on the hood for the fourth time this season.
Iowa Speedway race rewind ... Dillon qualified 15th for the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland. He was able to drive his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro inside the top-10 for most of the 250 lap event. In the end, the 22-year-old driver got a good restart on lap 247 to finish fifth; the team's third consecutive top-five finish.
Points update ... Dillon moves up to a tie for third place in the driver point standings, but is ranked fourth by virtue of top-five finishes. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon is in second place.
Meet Ty Dillon... Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs and meet with fans at the Tops grocery store on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. located at 504 ½ S. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY. He is then scheduled to visit the Walmart on 515 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY beginning at 6 p.m.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
How are your road course skills?
"I'm learning a lot, for sure. I've been getting a lot of good advice and have been able to get valuable track time at both Road America and Watkins Glen before the race weekend begins. The Trans-Am test I did last Monday with Austin (Dillon) helped with learning the corners, when to shift, and where you can pick up the most speed."
What's it been like the past few weeks at RCR?
"We're really hitting our stride. We were able to pick up another top-five this past weekend in Iowa following the win in Indianapolis. On top of that, my brother was able to get a win at Pocono Raceway in the Camping World Truck Series, which was a big win for that team and our partners at Yuengling in its home state. I think this shows how we didn't give up after a slow start to the season. ECR Engines continues to give us the best motors in the sport, and all the guys in the shop continue to put a lot of hours into making these racecars top-notch."
No. 33 Turtle Wax /Menards Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Turtle Wax / Menards Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway ... This weekend in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, Paul Menard and the No. 33 Turtle Wax/Menards Chevrolet Camaro team will race chassis No. 144. This Chevrolet Camaro is new to the RCR stable and will make its first laps on Friday morning during practice.
Menard at The Glen ... In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Watkins Glen International, Menard has an average starting position of 11.6 and an average finish of 12.9. The RCR driver has amassed one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the 2.45-mile road course. Menard has completed 99.7 percent of the laps around the track. In addition, Menard has 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.
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 NNS season, Menard won the race at Michigan International Speedway, amassed two top-five and three top-10 finishes. Menard is scheduled to also race at Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Turtle Wax/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 SPLASH/Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, along with MRN and SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
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Looking Back ... The last time Menard raced at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Nationwide Series was in 2012. The RCR driver qualified third and crossed the finish line in the eighth position.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading in to this weekend at Watkins Glen International?
"Watkins Glen is fun road course for us. You can pass a lot easier here than at Sonoma, so it always makes for an interesting race. I look forward to what Nick (Harrison, Crew Chief) and the No. 33 Turtle Wax/Menards crew have for us this weekend."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Watkins Glen ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 143 in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. This Richard Childress-prepared chassis last saw track action at Road America, where Gaughan returned to victory lane with a great last-lap battle.
Gaughan's Stats at The Glen ...The 39-year-old driver will make his fourth start this weekend at the 2.45-mile road course. His most recent start was in 2013 with his current team, Richard Childress Racing, qualifying 16th and finishing 14th. Gaughan also has one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in 2004.
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In the Rearview Mirror: Iowa ... Brendan Gaughan drove the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro to an 11th-place finish in Saturday night's U.S. Cellular 250. After qualifying 16th, Gaughan reported a loose-handling condition car throughout the race and made contact with a competitor that sent him to pit road for repairs with five laps to go. The RCR team rebounded and finished 11th.
To the Points ...Gaughan is currently eighth in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to the second of three road course races this season, Watkins Glen International.
Meet Brendan Gaughan ... Gaughan is scheduled to appear at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Midway on Friday, August 8 beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
How do you think you and the RCR team will be returning to a road course?
"I believe all of the RCR teams are going to be very competitive. If you look at the entire package we all had at Road America, we were very strong. I am going to go into Watkins Glen and have a lot of confidence and feeling pretty sporty. Knowing that we were fastest in Road America with the dry conditions with the South Point Chevrolet helps us all have very positive attitudes heading into these next two weeks."
How is Watkins Glen International different than other road courses?
"Watkins Glen has so many fast corners. The bus stop, basically a corner built into chaos. You have to let the car roll as hard as humanly possible. It is a place on that course where you can't gain that much position, but you can lose a ton. Many other road courses are much more speedway fast, motor-wise, while the Glen is faster with corner speeds."