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RCR XFINITY teams return to Vegas looking for the sweep

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Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway… In 36 Series starts at the 1.5-mile paved oval, RCR has captured three victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2004), Jeff Burton (2007) and Austin Dillon (2015). The Welcome, N.C., organization has completed 6,664 laps of the 7,227 (92.2 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated four pole awards, 11 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes, led 527 laps and averages a starting position of 8.8 and finishing position of 11.4.
 
Atlanta Review … Paul Menard was the highest RCR finisher in fourth, Ty Dillon was fifth, Brandon Jones 11th and Brendan Gaughan 13th, respectively, in the XFINITY Series Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Points … All three RCR XFINITY Series full-time drivers remain in the top 10 of the driver point standings as the Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the third event of the season. Ty Dillon is currently third, Brandon Jones is fourth and Brendan Gaughan is sixth.The No. 2 RCR team is second in the owner point standings. Brandon Jones is currently second in the XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings.

Catch the Action … Coverage of this weekend's XFINITY Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, March 5, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1. It will also be broadcast live on Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM channel 90.  

This Week's Rheem/RTP Co. Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 167 in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet Camaro was utilized on four separate occasions last season and collected a top-four finish at each track. Dillon also drove No. 167 to victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October after starting from the pole position. 
 
Vegas Odds … In three previous XFINITY Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dillon has earned one victory (2015), one top-five finish, three top-10 finishes and one pole award. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 2.7 coupled with an average finishing position of 4.7. In last year's edition of the 300-mile event, Dillon earned the pole award and led the field for 183 of the 200 laps contested en route to his first victory of the 2015 season. 
 
Winning with Rheem … Not only was Rheem a winner on the track with Dillon in the XFINITY Series in 2015, they also won Green Builder Magazine's Hot Product award. Rheem was a finalist in the Golden Mousetrap Awards and AHR Expo Innovation Award. 
 
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No. 2 Team by the Numbers … With two XFINITY Series events complete in 2016, the No. 2 team has two top-five finishes and five laps led to their credit. Dillon returns to the driver's seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
 
Is there anything you can take from Atlanta Motor Speedway to Las Vegas Motor Speedway? 

In qualifying trim I think we'll be able to use some of the things that we used at Atlanta Motor Speedway just because for one lap you have the grip to go fast. The Rheem/RTP Co. Chevrolet will definitely be more trimmed out for Las Vegas Motor Speedway because there's a little more grip out there but as the tracks have both aged they've gotten to the point that drive-ability means a lot."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Austin Dillon

This Week's WESCO Chevrolet Camaro at Las Vegas Motor Speedway… Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 160 for this weekend's Boyd Gaming 300. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro has two victories to its name, including last season's win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by Austin Dillon.
 
Dillon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway… In three XFINITY Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dillon has one top-10 finish. He has two pole awards to his credit – one in the XFINITY Series and one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
 
WESCO … Since 2012, the black, blue and white colors of WESCO Distribution have been sported on Dillon's Chevrolet. WESCO, a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading provider of electrical and industrial supply.
 
Meet Ty Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at the South Point Hotel & Casino on Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. Pacific Time in the Grandview Lounge. He will be joined by fellow RCR XFINITY Series drivers Austin Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Brandon Jones.

I think last season we had a good couple of weeks during the West Coast races, but this year we'll look to build on that. I'd love to be able to go out and win a race and lock this team into the chase; that is the ultimate goal. But we also realize that these next three races are a grind and it's important to do well and set the tone for after the Easter break.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                – Ty Dillon

This Week's Thunder Coal Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Brandon Jones will pilot Chassis No. 164 in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro has three top-seven starting positions and one top-10 finish to date. 
 
Sin City Nuggets …This weekend's 300-mile event marks Jones' first appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. However, Jones has one previous start at the 1.5-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he started third and finished fifth.
 
Thunder Coal Rolls On … The No. 33 Chevrolet will have a little different look this week in the desert. The black, red and yellow colors of Thunder Coal will adorn the hood of Jones' RCR machine.
 
Atlanta Recap … Jones and the No. 33 Roland team qualified 19th for the 163-lap event at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. Jones quickly found momentum in the top racing groove and propelled the blue and white Chevrolet into the top-10 within the first 50 laps of the race. Jones was scored as high as fifth during the course of the Head's Up Georgia 250 but with changing track conditions, he developed a tight-handling RCR machine in the late stages of the race. Jones crossed the finish line in front of his hometown crowd in the 11th position. 
 
Sign Here, Please … Jones is scheduled to sign autographs at South Point Hotel & Casino on Thursday, March 3 beginning at 8 p.m. Local Time in the Grandview Lounge. Jones will join fellow RCR teammates Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan for the public autograph session. 

What does a 19 year-old do in Las Vegas?

Well, I can pretty much sit there and twiddle my thumbs in the hotel room or ask Brendan to show me around. Maybe go see the Grand Canyon or a show, but I'm really looking forward to having the most fun at the speedway.  I can't wait to get on the track Friday with my Chevrolet team.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   – Brandon Jones

This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway… Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 166 this weekend in Sin City. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro last saw action at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October of 2015 where Gaughan qualified and finished 15th.
 
Gaughan's Hometown Stats … The Las Vegas native is scheduled to make his sixth start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at his hometown track during Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300. In Gaughan's five previous XFINITY Series starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, he has earned one top-five finish, two top-10 finishes, led 10 laps, averages a starting position of 13.8 and a finishing position of 9.4. Across all three NASCAR Premiere Series, Gaughan has completed 3,520 out of 3,788 laps (92.9 percent). Gaughan earned one victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2003, leading 137 laps at LVMS.  
 
Visit the South Point while in Town … South Point Hotel offers more than 2,100 guestrooms and overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip. The Casino offers top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center; and a 165,000-square foot convention center; South Point Arena and Equestrian Center features more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country's most unique events. For more information, call (702) 796-7111 or visit southpointcasino.com.
 
Don't Miss Your Chance to Meet the Las Vegas Native … On Thursday, March 3, Gaughan is scheduled to participate in an autograph session at South Point Hotel & Casino with some of his RCR teammates. The session is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Pacific Time. On Saturday, March 5, Gaughan is scheduled to sign autographs beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT. at the South Point booth in the Midway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
How does Las Vegas Motor Speedway compare to racing last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway?

They are not the same. They are completely different race tracks. Atlanta has that flat double dog leg, and Vegas has that radius D-shaped oval. The banking is way different, it is progressive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the surface isn't super bumpy. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is another track that has aged and tires wear out now. It's a nice place to race where Goodyear can bring the tire they want to bring. It ages, it slips and slides, so it's another fun place and for me. It's home! It's Vegas."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           – Brendan Gaughan