Sprint Cup Series: Oral-B USA 500
August 26, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event: Oral-B USA 500
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... In 130 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has earned nine wins and three pole awards, including Kevin Harvick's emotional victory in the Cracker Barrel 500 on March 11, 2001. Dale Earnhardt won eight times at the Hampton, Ga.-based track under the RCR banner. Additionally, RCR boasts 29 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes at AMS and RCR-prepared Chevrolets have led 2,935 laps at the ultra-fast, 1.54-mile oval. Richard Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, recorded his best finish at AMS of ninth in the Atlanta Journal 500 on Nov. 2, 1980.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,464 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 46 pole awards,105 wins, 456 top-five finishes and 968 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 24 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 22 top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank ninth (Newman), 14th (Dillon) and 15th (Menard) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Bristol Rewind ... RCR teammates Menard, Newman and Dillon finished ninth, 13 and 28th, respectively, in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor 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 Oral-B USA 500 will be televised live Sunday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Dow Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 465 in the Oral-B USA 500. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 16th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in June, a 16th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Dillon at Atlanta Motor Speedway .... In one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2013, Dillon finished 19th. He has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track. He finished eighth in 2013 and earned a sixth-place finish in 2012. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at the 1.54-mile track in Truck Series competition, finishing sixth in September 2011 and 10th in March 2010.
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Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 14th in the championship point standings leading into the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With two races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup, he is 19th in the Chase standings, 40 points out from the top-16 cut off, but can still earn a berth in NASCAR's playoff system thanks to the "win and you're in" mentality of the system.
Season-to-Date ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Sprint Cup Series in most Laps Completed (6,602).
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to greet race fans at the Bad Boy Buggies display, located in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Zone at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. This session is limited to 75 people and wrist bands will be distributed.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
Do you think Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the 'raciest' mile-and-a-half tracks we race at?
"I think Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the raciest mile-and-a-half tracks on the circuit for sure. I love Homestead-Miami Speedway, too. Both tracks remind me of each other, but Atlanta Motor Speedway is definitely slicker. It's one of those places that can be very frustrating and very fun at the same time. I really enjoy it at night, and I'm ready to get there. We saved one of our tests for later in the season and tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Our teams did learn a lot during the test, it was definitely helpful."
No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Duracell/Menards Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 during the 325-lap event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. The RCR driver has amassed two top-five finishes (Las Vegas, Michigan) and four top-10 finishes (Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte and Michigan) with this chassis.
Atlanta by the numbers ... The Eau Claire, Wisc. driver has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track. His best start of 16th came in 2013 and best finish of fifth came in March of 2010. Menard has one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He's completed 3,849 of 3,927 laps (98%) and led two laps.
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Season-to-date ... Through 24 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 6,474 of 6,621 laps contested (97.8 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 15th in the driver point standings. In addition, the RCR driver has four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes this season.
Last time in Atlanta ... The No. 27 Chevrolet team started 16th in last year's 335-lap event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. An accident involving Menard in the early laps of the event resulted in a 24th-place finish.
PAUL MENARD QUOTES:
Atlanta Motor Speedway is another big track which has some abrasion to the asphalt. I know you guys seem to like that a lot.
"Yeah, if you took a poll of all the drivers, the number one track to race at is going to be Atlanta for everyone's vote. It's abrasive, it wears out tires and we slide around the track. It's really fast for one lap, then it progressively gets worse from there. All of these factors make it really fun for drivers."
How do you manage tires at a place like Atlanta?
"You go all out, all the time. There's no conserving, so it's full out all the time. It's just a matter of what your car is doing and how to not make the tires angry. You still have to get all you can out of every corner."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 441 in Sunday night's 500-mile event in Hampton, Ga. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Kentucky Speedway (Start: 7th / Finish: 3rd) and Dover International Speedway (Start: 14th / Finish: 31st).
Newman at AMS ... In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Newman owns seven pole awards, including sweeping six straight poles encompassing the 2003 to 2005 Sprint Cup seasons. He owns two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. His best result of fifth place came last season and at the spring 2004 event. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of eighth and average finish of 18th. He's led a total of 175 laps in competition. And in the Craftsman Trucks Series, he captured a victory in the fall 2008 race.
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Where's Ryan? ... Newman is scheduled to appear on Saturday at Walmart on N. Express Way in Griffin, Ga. He'll be there at 11:30 a.m. on behalf of Oral-B to celebrate Engineering Excellence Made with American Jobs. Then on Sunday, he is scheduled to visit the Bad Boys Buggies display in the AMS Fan Zone at 3:10 p.m. followed by a stop at the Oral-B display at 3:45 p.m., also in the Fan Zone.
Point of Interest ... In the last five races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the RCR driver ranks 10th in most driver points earned. He is ninth in the championship point standings entering this Sunday night's race.
Atlanta Rewind ... In last year's event, Newman started 17th and after sustaining damage on pit road during the team's first stop, rallied back from 40th place to finish fifth.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
Do you see Atlanta as a real tune-up to the Chase as it's the final 1.5-mile track before it starts?
"I don't see it as the final tune-up. I see it as another opportunity. It is such a different animal of a race track because of the way the tires fall off. You really don't see that as much with the track's coming up, except for a place like Texas. I see Atlanta as its own kind of animal because of the tire-track combination. But it is important. It does build confidence, which is probably more important than the actual balance of the car."
Do you think Atlanta will be a good challenge for the drivers considering the age of the track's surface and Goodyear bringing back the multi-zone tire?
"I think as long as the tires hold the air, it won't really matter. I don't think the tires will impact the race. I think the impact is the track itself. The racing is going to be great because this track allows us to move around and we can slip and slide around. That's what we like and that's what the fans like to see. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."