RCR Gears Up for Michigan International Speedway As Playoffs Inch Closer

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN (August 4, 2023) – As the playoffs inch closer, we’re nearing the end of the regular season and gearing up to race for the championship. The next stop on the NASCAR circuit for both the Cup and Xfinity Series is Michigan International Speedway, nestled in the “Great Lakes State”. While Michigan is home to one of the faster tracks on the NASCAR circuit, it is also home to some of RCR’s long-standing partners, Chevrolet, and Dow.

Chevrolet is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, a little over an hour drive from MIS. The partnership between Chevrolet and RCR dates to the beginning of Richard Childress’ legacy in racing. Since RCR was founded in 1969, Chevrolet has been directly involved with the more than 200 victories and 16 championships that the organization holds. In addition, RCR has been a part of many Chevrolet Racing’s historical moments. Austin Dillon, driver of the NASCAR Cup Series No. 3 Dow Chevrolet, has contributed to some of those historical moments and is looking forward to making more.

“Everybody wants to win for their manufacturer. Chevy has a huge influence up there,” said Dillon. Dillon took the No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane at MIS in the Xfinity Series in June of 2018..

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Another one of RCR’s key partners is Dow, who is prominently featured on this weekend’s No. 3 Chevrolet. Dow has been a proud partner of RCR’s since Dillon’s rookie year in the Cup Series, which started in 2014. Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, Dow develops and manufactures high-performance components and materials custom-made for the No. 3 car. Together, Dow and RCR have won some of the sports’ biggest races, including Dillon’s first Cup Series win at the 2017 Coca-Cola 600 and the 2018 Daytona 500. Last year at MIS, Dillon placed the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet in the 13th position.

Dillon’s RCR teammate Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 8 Kwik Trip Kwik Star Chevrolet, will debut the red, black, and white paint scheme during Cup Series practice and qualifying on Saturday. Not only will Busch be debuting the new scheme at this track, but it will be his first time driving a Chevrolet at the high-speed track, hoping to end up in victory lane.

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RCR’s Xfinity Series program had a strong showing in 2022 and hopes to continue the momentum again going into this year’s race.  Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet finished in the 11th position, while teammate Austin Hill brought the No. 21 United Rentals Chevrolet home in fifth.  Both drivers know the intensity of the track and are hoping for solid finishes when the checkered flag flies.

Due to its wide-racing surface and high banking, MIS is recognized as one of motorsports’ premier facilities with speeds exceeding 200 mph. The D-shaped oval track was first opened in 1968 and has had multiple owners since then. The speedway has been under the ownership of NASCAR since 2019. Only a hop, skip, and jump away from Ann Arbor, this track has many events and activities, besides racing, to offer to fans.

Catch all the action at Michigan International Speedway this weekend beginning with practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Friday, August 4, at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. On-track action for the Cup Series will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday with practice and qualifying on USA Network. Shortly after, the Xfinity Series race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Sunday’s Cup Series race will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.