Nationwide Series: Great Clips 300 Preview
August 26, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: Great Clips 300 Benefiting Feed the Children
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.
Richard Childress Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... In 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has earned three victories, two with Jeff Burton in 2006 and 2007 and one with Kevin Harvick in 2013. The Welcome, N.C. organization has led 465 laps at the 1.54-mile speedway and also accumulated nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. RCR averages a starting position of 12th and finish of 11.5.
Recap of Thunder Valley ... Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott and Cale Conley posted fourth, sixth, 11th and 15th-place finishes, respectively, in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Getting to the Points ... Ty Dillon moved up to third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, 30 points from the leader, Brian Scott is fifth, nine points from fourth, and Brendan Gaughan is eighth as the Series heads to Atlanta 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 and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR's Nationwide Series driver Twitter pages - @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Atlanta Coverage ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, August 30, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on PRN Radio and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 126 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis last raced at Darlington Raceway where Scott qualified seventh and finished 11th. This chassis has finished 17th or better in four previous races it has been utilized. Scott earned an 11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last spring with this chassis.
AMS Statistics ... Scott will be making his fifth NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend in the Great Clips 300 Benefiting Feed the Children. In four previous starts, the Boise, Idaho-native has captured one top-10 finish with an average start of 19th and an average finish of 15.2. Scott earned his best starting position, 12th, and best finishing position, 10th, last season at the 1.54-mile speedway. He also has four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track earning two top-10 finishes.
Nationwide Series Leader ... 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 (3,798, 94.8 percent). Currently fifth in the driver point standings, only 51 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.
Labor Day Events ... Shore Lodge is proud to host the top live music acts from throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond every Sunday and Monday evening from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Narrows Grill.
What are your points? ... Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Atlanta Motor Speedway fifth in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ...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. With 27 laps to go, Scott lost track position after brushing the outside wall and took the checkered flag in the 11th position.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts heading to Atlanta?
"Atlanta is one of the more exciting race tracks we go to. When tires are new, they're fast, but they wear out so much. In the Nationwide Series, you don't have enough sets of tires for the race. So you really have to extend a run, stay out on old tires that have no grip when you don't want to. When you have new tires and other people don't, you really can feel like a superhero. It makes it exciting. You definitely have to manage the race there more than anywhere else. As a driver, as a team, you have to manage your tires and you have to manage the outcome of the race. When to pit, and strategy can mix a lot of things up. This is one of the more interesting and exciting races of the whole year."
How much does Atlanta change each time you go back to the track?
"I think Atlanta has almost aged to the point where it's not changing much. It seems like the new tracks with the new pavement are aging from year-to-year a lot more than the old ones. The old ones seem like they have kind of leveled out. Atlanta really depends on how hot and how slick it is. It's a temperature sensitive track. And, it's a track where your first lap out in practice - you've got to know what you're doing. You have to know your marks because from one lap to the second lap, you'll fall off a quarter of a second and it can really shake up the practice charts. As a driver, if you don't know what you need to do and where your marks are, you can end up chasing the car and chasing false things all practice because you're off a little bit."
No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... This weekend Ty Dillon will race chassis No. 145 at the 1.54-mile speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro made its way to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month, and recorded top-10 finishes this year at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway with Dillon behind the wheel.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at AMS ... Dillon will be making his first Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. In 2012, Dillon won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after qualifying on the pole and leading 40 laps. Earlier this month, Dillon participated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at AMS.
Double-duty ... Dillon will be doing "double-duty" this weekend as the 22-year-old, Welcome, N.C.-native makes his Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing.
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 sixth time this season.
Seasonal Beer ... In addition to Yuengling's 99 calorie, masterfully developed Light Lager, be sure to add their seasonal beer to your grocery list. Yuengling, the 185-year-old establishment, is brewing its seasonal Oktoberfest, scheduled to hit stores this month. Copper in color, this medium bodied beer is the perfect blend of roasted malts with just the right amount of hops, capturing a true representation of the style.
Bristol Motor Speedway race rewind ... Dillon raced to a fourth-place finish last Friday night in Food City 300, recording the team's fourth top-five finish of the season.
Points update ... Dillon moved up one position to third place in the driver point standings after last weekend's top-five finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, Dillon currently is in second place.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
You've won a Truck Series Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, what do you like about the track?
"Atlanta is a little bit different than the other 1.5-mile speedways on the circuit. It's a little more technical, I think. The win in the Truck Series two years ago was awesome. I was able to hold off Cup drivers that were in that race. I learned a lot that race and I'd love to make it back to victory lane this time around in the Nationwide Series car."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 149 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Camaro will see track action for the first time on Friday, during the first Series practice.
Gaughan's Stats at Atlanta ... The Las Vegas-native will make his third Nationwide Series start at the 1.54-mile track on Saturday night. In two previous starts, Gaughan averages a start of 27th and a finish of 23.5. The 39-year-old driver also has eight starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he led five laps, completed 1,040 of 1,045 laps and earned two top-10 finishes.
Don Vito's Italian at South Point ... When Italian cuisine strikes your fancy; Don Vito's Italian at South Point Hotel & Casino is the place to visit. The culinary team starts with only the freshest ingredients and transforms them into traditional favorites that Don Vito's regulars rave about. Start with a Caprese style salad of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella Chef Matthew Rios makes by hand and then move into a second course of homemade gnocchi and ravioli, which are two local favorites. The accommodating services will make your pre-show dinner, special occasion or night on the town an even more memorable experience.
In the Rearview Mirror: Bristol ... Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team captured their fifth top-10 finish on Friday night in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After qualifying 11th for the 300-lap event, Gaughan spent the majority of the evening inside the top 10, making the right adjustments to bring the Richard Childress Racing Camaro home in the sixth position.
To the Points ... Gaughan remains eighth in the driver point standings, 18 points behind seventh, as the Nationwide Series heads into Saturday night's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Atlanta Motor Speedway?
"Atlanta has always been very unique, with brute speed and high-banks. It is just a fast race track that has a few bumps and a lot of rolls. If you look back, it has some of the most famous finishes in NASCAR."
Is tire management key at Atlanta?
"Tire management has always been important at Atlanta. I have not been there in a few years. I am still going to say that learning to manage your tires at the track is crucial, because it is so fast you do not want your tires to get hurt early."