Sprint Cup Series: Bristol Motor Speedway Night Race Preview
August 19, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event: Irwin Tools Night Race
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2014
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway ... In 146 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing boasts nine wins - seven with Dale Earnhardt, one with Kevin Harvick and one with Jeff Burton - three pole awards, 32 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has led 3,665 laps at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,461 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 46 pole awards,105 wins, 456 top-five finishes and 967 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
The Collective RCR ...Throughout the season's first 23 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Austin Dillon at Daytona International Speedway in February. Collectively, the organization has notched seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank ninth (Newman), 13th (Dillon) and 17th (Menard) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Michigan Rewind ... RCR teammates Menard, Newman and Dillon finished fourth, 11th and 22nd, respectively, in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Save Kids' Lives by Joining the Childress Champions ... Help support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma by selecting your favorite driver when making a bronze level donation of $33 (Austin Dillon), $27 (Paul Menard) or $31 (Ryan Newman) to CIPT. To make a tax deductable donation, visit: https://www.wakehealth.edu/OnlineGift.htm?fid=45. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit www.InjuredKids.org.
Catch the Action ... The Irwin Tools Night Race will be televised live Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 GREAT STUFF Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Great Stuff Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 457 in the Irwin Tools Night Race. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon drove to a 17th-place finish at Pocono Raceway in June, a 19th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in May and an 11th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March.
Dillon at Bristol Motor Speedway .... In one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dillon posted an 11th-place finish in March after starting 27th. He has four BMS starts to his credit in the Nationwide Series, posting a pair of top-five finishes at the 0.533-mile short track. He earned a career-best, third-place finish in August 2014. He has also earned finishes of 11th (May 2013), 12th (March 2012) and fourth (August 2012). He has two starts at BMS in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 17th in 2010 and 23rd in 2011.
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Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 13th in the championship point standings leading into the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Season-to-Date ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Sprint Cup Series in Laps Completed (6,109) and Green Flag Passes (2,601).
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to make an appearance on behalf of Cheerios at Food City Family Race Night on Thursday, August 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of State Street and Piedmont Street in Bristol, Tenn. He is also scheduled to join his younger brother, Ty Dillon, and grandfather, Richard Childress, in an autograph session as part of Bass Pro Shops' week-long grand opening celebration, also on Thursday, at 6 p.m.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
We are heading to Bristol Motor Speedway. Do you enjoy racing there?
"I think every racer loves Bristol Motor Speedway. It's a fun little bullring. In the spring, the day race pretty much turned into a night race because of the weather and it worked out well for our team. We ended up having a really decent run there, so I have been looking forward to this race for awhile. It's the type of track where you just have to stay in the race the whole time and fight until the end."
No. 27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Serta / Menards Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 466 in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Kansas Speedway and Dover International Speedway where the Richard Childress Racing team finished 17th and 10th, respectively.
Bristol by the numbers ... Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the high-banked 0.533-mile track. His best start of fourth and finish of fifth both came in March of 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 6,990 of 7,012 laps attempted (99.7 percent) at BMS.
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Season-to-date ... Through 23 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 5,974 of 6,121 laps contested (97.6 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 17th in the driver point standings. In addition, the RCR driver has four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes this season.
Looking Back ... Menard and the RCR team started the spring race in the rear of the field after an unapproved change post qualifying in Bristol. After driving through the field, Menard reported a flat tire and was forced to pit under green-flag conditions. The team would battle back from the 33rd position to finish 21st.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Why does the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway seem more intense than the day race?
"Probably because it's getting close to Chase time and everyone amps it up a notch. The first race is earlier in the year and everybody is trying to figure out where they're at. Now everyone knows where they're at and it's go time. Since the race is at night it adds a whole different element, too."
Where do you expect the racing groove to be at this time?
"They really haven't changed the track in a couple of years, so it's going to be where it was in the last few races. We're just up by the fence and with the ride-height rule and more aero this year, the cars handle better so you can run lower longer, but as the tires wear and the pace slows down you'll want to move to the top."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 467 in Saturday night's 500-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Newman qualified 42nd and finished 15th.
Newman at the World's Fastest Half-Mile ... In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004, as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned one top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came in August 2004. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10th and average finish of 17th. He's led a total of 112 laps in competition. And, in the Nationwide Series, he owns one pole (fall 2006) and a 2005 victory.
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Point of Interest ... In the last 10 races at the Bristol bullring, the RCR driver ranks eighth in most driver points earned. He remains ninth in the championship point standings entering this Saturday night's race at Bristol.
Bristol Rewind ... On March 16, Newman raced as high as seventh before a left-front tire issue slowed the No. 31 team's top-10 progress. Despite Mother Nature cutting the race short, Newman drove from 35th to a 16th-place finish.
Pick Newman's Ride ... The Quicken Loans "Paint Your Way to Dover" contest is giving race fans the power to select Newman's No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet paint scheme for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014. Fans can visit QLRacing.com to cast their vote for one of three paint schemes that were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 designs submitted by fans nationwide. The entrant whose design receives the most votes will win a trip to Dover, Delaware to see their custom paint scheme on track as Newman attempts to tame the "Monster Mile" in September. If Newman finishes first at Dover, the grand prize winner will also receive a prize of one year's worth of mortgage payments. Also part of the Paint Your Way to Dover contest, Quicken Loans has also partnered with three charities - Autism Speaks, Folds of Honor and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma - to also take part in the contest. Along with selecting their favorite design, fans visiting QLRacing.com will also be able to select one of the three charities. The nonprofit with the highest vote count will then receive a $10,000 donation from Quicken Loans and the remaining charities will each be awarded $2,500.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on returning to Bristol?
"Bristol is a lot of fun when you are moving forward. It can be miserable when you are just trying to maintain."
Is it a more mentally or physically taxing track?
"The speeds at Bristol are so much greater than they used to be. It used to be where they would fall off two, three or four seconds a run while fighting forward drive. Now it's not so much that, so it's pretty intense both mentally and physically."
What about the desperation levels of certain teams who are on the outside looking in at making The Chase? Will they be raised during this race?
"You just never know. We had the yellow lights come on with one-to-go last time, so who knows what will happen this time. We'll just have to wait and see and hope we are one of the cars in the mix to win."