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RCR XFINITY teams roll into Atlanta with momentum

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  • Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway… In 36 Series starts at the 1.5-mile paved oval, RCR has captured three victories with drivers Jeff Burton (2006 and 2007) and Kevin Harvick (2013). The Welcome, N.C., organization has completed 6,889 laps of the 7,020 (98.1 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated one pole award, 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes, led 465 laps and averages a starting position of 11.7 and finishing position of 10.9.

  • Daytona Review … Austin Dillon was the highest RCR finisher in fifth, Brandon Jones was seventh, Brendan Gaughan 10th and Ty Dillon 13th, respectively, in the XFINITY Series Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International 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 Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the second event of the season. Brandon Jones is currently third, Brendan Gaughan is sixth and Ty Dillon is eighth. The No. 2 RCR team is fifth in the owner point standings. 

  • Catch the Action … Coverage of this weekend's XFINITY Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, February 27, beginning at 1:30 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 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 163 in the Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet Camaro was revamped during the off season and positioned back into rotation for 2016. Menard drove No. 163 to victory lane at Road America last season.
 
Statistical Analysis … In seven previous XFINITY Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Menard has earned three top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 13.1 coupled with an average finishing position of 14.0.
 
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No. 2 Team by the Numbers … With one XFINITY Series event complete in 2016, the No. 2 team has one top-five finish and five laps led to their credit. Austin Dillon returns to the driver's seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

What challenges do the No. 2 team face when switching between multiple drivers?

We don't really face many changes. When you have NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers behind the wheel, it makes things a lot easier on the team. They know exactly what they want the car to drive because of all of their experience. We're able to utilize practice to get the balance just right on the car which allows us to start the race off prepared for whatever may come our way.

                                                                                                                                                                                             – No. 2 crew chief Danny Stockman
 
 

This Week's Rheem Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway… Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 168 for this weekend's Heads Up Georgia 250. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro debuted at Darlington Raceway last September.
 
Dillon at Atlanta Motor Speedway… In two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Dillon has two top-10 finishes and one top-five finish. Atlanta Motor Speedway is also a track of firsts for Dillon – he won his first NASCAR race on August 31, 2012 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and made his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in August, 2014.
 
Happy Birthday, Ty! … Dillon will celebrate his 24th birthday on Saturday, February 27th. The XFINITY Series regular shares a birthday with Fox Sports 1 analyst, Todd Bodine.
 
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Meet Ty Dillon … Dillon and older brother Austin Dillon are scheduled to visit the Team Chevy stage located in the Fan Midway on Sunday, February 28 beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

How will you celebrate your birthday?

Racing! Saturday will be a busy day getting ready for the race. So hopefully Friday night my wife and I can go out to dinner at a nice restaurant and spend some time together. I've been blessed to be able to race for half of my life now – it's something I love and never regret choosing as a lifestyle.

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This Week's Roland Chevrolet at Atlanta Speedway … Brandon Jones will pilot Chassis No. 169 in the Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro has five top-10 starting positions and two top-10 finishing positions to date. 
 
Atlanta Details … This weekend's Head's Up Georgia 250 marks Jones first appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jones has accumulated 14 starts on tracks one to two miles in length across the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series where he recorded three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
 
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Hometown Proud … Hailing from Atlanta, Jones returns home to compete in front of his hometown crowd for Saturday's Head's Up Georgia 250. Before the season began, Jones traveled to Fort Benning in Columbia, Ga., to visit with soldiers on base and learned how to operate a U.S. Army tank.
 
Meet the Driver … Jones is scheduled to appear in Club One at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a Q&A session on Saturday, Feb. 27 beginning at 10 a.m. local time. Club One is located in the Winners Grandstand. 

Historically, Atlanta is one of those tracks where the groove widens out as the race progresses. Is that the type of racing you enjoy?

Yeah, I like it a lot. It makes for really good racing when we can all move around like that. You can keep hunting for different lines that allow for easier passing. It's like a game from the driver's seat. You're always looking for a new line that can give you the added edge on your competitor. It's going to be a lot of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      – Brandon Jones
 

This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway… Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 165 in Saturday's Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro last saw action at Kansas Speedway in 2015 where the team qualified eighth and finished 10th.

Gaughan at Atlanta Motor Speedway … In four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 40-year-old driver earned his best finish of 12th one year ago. The Las Vegas native has also earned two top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
 
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Is Atlanta the most fun 1.5-mile track?

The asphalt is older now, which is nice. It is definitely like Atlanta used to be where after about 5-10 laps you really have to hold on. You have the wall groove a half inch from the wall. Then you've got the white line that people run, three or four even five grooves wide. It is one of our favorite mile and-a-half race tracks because the asphalt is old again. That's what makes it fun for us when stuff wears out.