Nationwide Series: Bristol Motor Speedway Notes
August 19, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: Food City 300
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Richard Childress Racing at Bristol ... Richard Childress Racing currently has 64 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway. Since 2000, the Welcome, N.C. organization has led 1,776 laps and accumulated 25 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes. RCR has also earned seven wins, most recently in March 2012 with Elliott Sadler. The team averages a starting position of 9.7 and a finish of 11.9 place.
Recap of The Mid-Ohio ... Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan posted third, 19th and 20th-place finishes, respectively, in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon is currently fourth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, only 28 points from the leader, Brian Scott is fifth 42 points from the leader, and Brendan Gaughan is eighth as the Series heads to Bristol 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, @CaleConley and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Bristol Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live on Friday, August 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on PRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet will race chassis No. 110 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This chassis was most recently raced at Auto Club Speedway where the team qualified ninth and finished 12th. Scott finished seventh at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a fifth-place qualifying effort. This chassis has finished 14th or better in the eight previous races it has been utilized. Scott earned an eighth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway, last March.
The Last Great Colosseum Stats ... Scott will be making his 11th NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend in the Food City 300 presented at BMS. In 10 previous starts, the Boise, Idaho-native has captured three top-10 finishes with an average start of 11.5 and an average finish of 20.8. Scott earned his best starting position, second, and best finishing position, ninth, last season in his fall showing at the 0.53-mile speedway. He also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track.
Nationwide Series Leader ... Brian Scott continues to lead the Nationwide Series regulars with a 6.8 average starting position, and the most laps spent inside the top-15 (3,498, 94.4 percent). Currently fifth in the driver point standings only 42 points out of the lead, the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team has collected four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes this season. Additionally, Scott has earned two pole positions, doing so at Richmond International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.
Lake Grill Piano Player ... This Sunday, August 24th the Shore Lodge the Lake Grill will feature a piano player from 9am - 3pm.
What are your points? ... Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Bristol Motor Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... The Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was a race to remember, not only for Scott's third-place finish but for Patient Champion Avery Neely to be a part of the festivities. The Richard Childress Racing driver qualified in the third position and would take over the race lead on the first lap. For the next 32 laps, Scott would lead the field around the 2.258-mile road course. Scott continued to pick up positions as the laps wound down, ultimately crossing the finish line third.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
How is Bristol different under the lights then when you race there in March?
"It's a lot different. The grip level changes. It seems like the groove changes a little bit. Tire wears are different. I'm looking forward to getting back to Bristol. I feel like, out of everywhere we've been this year, that was probably our worst performance. I felt like we weren't where we needed to be. So, this weekend we'll be trying new things. Racing under the lights at Bristol is always fun, it's just a neat place.
Do you prefer the outside lane?
"Always. It's tough to make up any ground on the bottom, it's tough to complete a pass. That's the frustrating part about Bristol. It seems like we go there and Goodyear always brings a hard tire that just makes it really difficult to grip up on the bottom. You're defaulted that you've got to go to the top to keep momentum up. It's frustrating when you're faster than somebody and you're trying to make it stick on the bottom and get the runs that you need to pass. The top seems to be where you want to be at Bristol."
Can Bristol be a mentally draining racetrack?
"Yeah, there isn't much of a straightaway to really catch your breath. That seems to make Bristol more challenging. You're on the straightaway's for like a second and then the corners for a couple seconds. It just doesn't give you much time. It doesn't give your body too much of a break, you're just constantly entering and exiting corners and that can make it challenging."
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 125 this weekend at The Last Great Colosseum. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro has seen track action three times this season, most recently a 16th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 125 saw action at Richmond International Raceway and Phoenix International Raceway earlier this season, recording one top-10 finish.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Dillon is scheduled to make his third career Nationwide Series start at the half-mile short track. The 22-year-old driver finished sixth earlier this season in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. In 2013, Dillon drove the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to a seventh-place finish.
Grand Celebration ... Bass Pro Shops, America's No. 1 Outdoor Retailer, will be celebrating the opening of its 68th store this week with its new Bristol, Tennessee location. On Wednesday evening the festivities will kick off with an "Evening of Conservation" featuring local conservation groups and an all-star cast of celebrities. The events will continue throughout the race weekend and Sunday, August 24 the store will host a free concert, interactive vendor exhibits, giveaways and food sampling from grill vendors.
Bass Pro Shops & RCR in 2014 ... Bass Pro Shops will be on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro for the eighth 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 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Second time back ... Dillon earned a sixth-place finish last time out at Bristol Motor Speedway. He qualified his No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro ninth and raced around the top-10 for most of the 300-lap event. In the end, crew chief Danny Stockman called for a two-tire pit stop to improve the team's track position, ultimately allowing Dillon to cross the finish line sixth.
Points update ... Dillon remains fourth in the driver point standings, 28 points behind the leader. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon is in second place.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon and Richard Childress are scheduled to be at the Bass Pro Shops grand opening celebration beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Fans who receive a wrist band will have an opportunity to get the trio's autograph. The new store is located at 1 Bass Pro Drive, Bristol, Tenn.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What is your approach going back to Bristol Motor Speedway for the second time?
"Bristol is such a neat track, definitely one of our favorites to visit because of the history and the fan support that we get. From a racing stand point, it's a very technical track and we've been gathering a healthy notebook of information. I've re-watched some of the past races, spoke with Danny (Stockman, crew chief) and the team and we feel confident about this Friday night's race."
No. 33 IAVA Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's IAVA Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Cale Conley will pilot chassis No. 116 under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway in Friday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet last earned a sixth-place finish at the spring event with teammate Ty Dillon at the wheel. In 12 starts this workhorse holds an average starting spot of 5.4 and finish of 7.4.
Back to the Last Great Colosseum ... On Friday evening, Conley returns to the site where he made his first-career Nationwide Series start. In the spring event the 22-year-old RCR driver qualified 12th and brought home an 11th-place finish. Conley also ranked first among drivers inside the top 15, as well as inside the top 10 for quality passes and fastest drivers late in a run.
About IAVA ... Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will adorn the hood of Conley's No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro at the half-mile bullring. 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.
Conley Joins Linkin Park and Lady Gaga ... Conley joins Linkin Park and Lady Gaga for IAVA's "Convoy to Combat Suicide." The campaign is a historic, yearlong effort the organization launched to address and lower veteran suicide rate of 22 per day and to improve access to quality mental health care. It brings together artists from a wide variety of musical audiences to stand with our nation's veterans. To learn more about IAVA's campaign, visit: http://iava.org/convoy
Last Time in the Seat ... Conley last saw track action at Chicagoland Speedway in his first career start at a 1.5-mile track. The Vienna, W.Va-native qualified 10th and brought home a 12th-place finish.
CALE CONLEY QUOTES:
What are your expectations heading back to Bristol Motor Speedway for the second time?
"Now that I'm going back for the second time, I already have mental notes prepared of things that I would like to search for in the feel of the car. It'll be nice, because Bristol will be the first track that I've revisited in my Nationwide schedule. If we could unload fairly fast, it'll be a lot easier to search for a feel that I may have been looking for in my first time around. If we don't, I now have enough experience to get us where we need to be. At the end of the day, if we could put ourselves in a spot where we could battle out for a top-five it'll be a big success."
Bristol is a physically demanding track, how have you changed your workout?
"I haven't changed my workout much. I'm still training at RCR with Ray Wright, but focusing a lot on shoulders and neck strength, as well as endurance. I'm a small guy and need to be able to handle the Bristol corners."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Thunder Valley ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 109 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro has seen track action four previous times this season with Gaughan. Most recently chassis No. 109 was driven at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where Gaughan finished 16th. This is also the same Camaro this RCR team brought to Bristol Motor Speedway in March, finishing seventh.
Gaughan's Stats at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Gaughan will make his seventh Nationwide Series start at the half-mile track on Friday night. In his six previous starts the Las Vegas-native has led 16 laps, earned a pole award and one top-10 finish. Gaughan averages a starting position of 18th and finish of 19.3-place. The 39-year-old driver also has eight starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Thunder Valley, where he has accumulated three top-five finishes and led 39 laps.
So Far in 2014 ...With only 11 races remaining in the 2014 season, Gaughan has recorded one win at Road America in June and led a total of 22 laps. He has accumulated one top-five and four top-10 finishes and the RCR driver averages a starting position of 13.3 and finish of 15.9 place.
South Point Hotel & Casino ... Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Guests will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area featuring separate viewing areas for both horse racing and general sporting events; a wide variety of dining options, including the award-winning Michael's Gourmet Room; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center; and a 165,000-square foot convention center. For more information visit, www.southpointcasino.com.
In the Rearview Mirror: Mid-Ohio ... The No. 62 Allie Norman / South Point Chevrolet qualified seventh for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After going off course on lap 37, Gaughan was able to recover and take over the lead on lap 61. The South Point Camaro accumulated grass on the grille with less than 10 laps to go, causing the Chevrolet to push water. This resulted in an unscheduled pit stop with eight laps remaining and the No. 62 team crossed the finish line in the 20th position.
To the Points ...Gaughan is eighth in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads into Friday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
Is Bristol Motor Speedway different to race under the lights?
"The track itself isn't different, but the feel of you being at Thunder Valley under the lights just adds a lot of excitement. It is one heck of a race. It is exactly how they market it, a Colosseum. We race like chariots with the spikes coming out. It is not that it is any different, but it is just a fun race."
How intense is it behind the wheel at Bristol?
"Bristol is much more demanding than many other places. There are a lot more G-forces and many different lines you can run now. It is an extremely physically demanding race track, but that is what makes it so much fun for us."