Nationwide Series Bristol Motor Speedway Report
August 23, 2014
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Food City 200
Bristol Motor Speedway
Friday, August 22, 2014
- Ty Dillon qualified seventh for the Food City 300 and was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing entry at Bristol Motor Speedway. Teammates Brian Scott, Cale Conley, and Brendan Gaughan qualified ninth, 10th and 11th respectively.
- RCR teammates Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott and Cale Conley finished, in order, fourth, sixth, 11th and 15th.
- Ty Dillon currently leads the RCR drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings in third, Brian Scott is fifth and Brendan Gaughan eighth.
- Next up for the Nationwide Series is the Great Clips 300 benefiting Feed the Children at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Catch all the action live on Saturday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
Brian Scott Finishes 11th at Bristol Motor Speedway
The No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified ninth for the NASAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a rain delayed start to the 300-lap event, Scott secured himself inside the top 10 until the competition caution on lap 60. The Phil Gould-led team elected to take two tires, restarting the No. 2 in the third position. Fighting rear grip and drive off on the restarts at the 0.53-mile track, Scott held onto his Shore Lodge Chevrolet maintaining a spot inside the top 10. With 10 complete cautions for 57 laps, the Boise, Idaho-native continuously restarted on the bottom-line losing the top-line advantage. With 27 laps to go, Scott lost track position after brushing the outside wall and took the checkered flag in the 11th position. The Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Great Clips 300 next weekend.
Start - 9th Finish - 11th Laps Led - N/A Pts - 5th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
"Our Shore Lodge Chevrolet fought tight and loose all night. The track tightened up as the race went on, but I just really lacked grip on the restarts. We were really hoping for a better finish here tonight."
Ty Dillon Cruises to Top-Five finish in Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro to a fourth-place finish Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, recording the team's fourth top-five finish of the season. Dillon qualified seventh earlier in the afternoon before a rain shower rolled through Thunder Valley. After nearly a 90 minute rain-delay, the 40-car field took the green flag. By lap eight, Dillon found himself inside the top-five, where he would remain for most of the 300-lap event. The 22-year-old driver came to pit road during the lap 60 competition caution in third and reported the balance and handling of the car was very good. On green-flag restarts, Dillon was solid. Twice (on lap 94 and lap 116) he cleared three cars to improve his positioning. The team made a four-tire and fuel pit stop on lap 186 for the final time and by lap 196, Dillon found himself racing for the lead. From lap 196 to lap 281, the No. 3 team settled into second place chasing down the leader. In the end, Dillon crossed the finish line fourth to earn the team's fourth top-five finish of the season and moves to third in the driver points standings. Dillon was the second Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to cross the finish line.
Start - 7th Finish - 4th Laps Led - 0 Pts - 3rd
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"This was one of our best performances tonight, we had a really strong Camaro. The balance seemed to be right throughout the race and it was able to restart very well. I thought we had a strong enough car to win it when we were competing with the No. 54 for a while. Overall, it's a solid effort from our No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team and it improved our positioning in the point standings."
Cale Conley Earns a Hard Fought 15th-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway
Cale Conley fought a tight-handling No. 33 IAVA Chevrolet Camaro during the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in his second NASCAR Nationwide Series showing at the track. The Vienna, W. VA-native took the green flag from the 10th spot batting to maintain the position right from the start. NASCAR displayed a competition caution on lap 60, which allowed Conley to bring his IAVA Chevrolet to the attention of his crew for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. He restarted 17th after several competitors opted to remain on track during the caution. For the second half of the race, Conley remained focused on moving back into the top 10. Crew chief Nick Harrison continued to make chassis adjustments on lap 183 and 222. As the laps wound down the tensions on track picked up, Conley restarted 11th and brought home a 15th-place finish. The 22-year old Richard Childress Racing driver will be back behind the wheel at Richmond International Raceway.
Start - 10th Finish - 15th Laps Led - 0 Points - N/A
CALE CONLEY QUOTE:
"It was a tough night and the feel of the track changed quite a bit throughout the race. We struggled with being tight though the corner, but we were able to make the bottom line work at times in order to gain track position. We'll take what we learned here and head to Richmond; I can't thank Nick (Harrison) and the No. 33 crew enough for their work and IAVA for being on board."
Brendan Gaughan Captures Fifth Top-10 of the Season at Bristol Motor Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet qualified 11th for Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a 90-minute rain delay, Gaughan took the green flag and raced his way inside the top 10 where he stayed for the majority of the night. On lap 32, Gaughan reported his Camaro was just a tick free, and later reported the cars handling had improved. During the competition caution on lap 60, crew chief Shane Wilson elected to bring the Las Vegas-native in for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel. Restarting 15th, the Richard Childress Racing team began working their way back to the top 10 and on lap 111 took over the 10th position. On lap 163, the 39-year-old driver reported he was loose exiting Turn 2 and Wilson adjusted the track bar during their pit stop on lap 185. Gaughan fought to maintain his track position and lined up seventh for the final restart on lap 294. The No. 62 RCR team finished the 300-lap event in the sixth position, earning their fifth top-10 finish of the season. Brendan Gaughan remains eighth in the driver point standings, only 18 points behind seventh.
Start - 11th Finish - 6th Laps Led - 0 Points - 8th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"What a great night for this Richard Childress Racing team. This was such a fun night and we were all glad the rain held off for us to get the entire race in. I can't thank Richard and my team enough for giving me such great equipment."