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XFINITY SERIES

Event: Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Venue: Michigan International Speedway

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Michigan International Speedway … In 32 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the two-mile speedway, RCR has earned two wins, most recently with Paul Menard and the No. 33 Chevrolet to victory lane last season. Austin Dillon has also started from the pole position on back-to-back occasions in June 2012 and June 2013. The Welcome, N.C., organization has led 235 laps, accumulated nine top-five and 19 top-10 finishes and averages a starting position of 10.1 and a finishing position of 12.0.

Dover Recap … In the Buckle Up 200, Austin Dillon was the highest finishing RCR driver, posting a fourth place finish. Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott posted, seventh, eighth and 36th place finishes, respectively.

The Points … Ty Dillon remains second in the driver point standings, Brian Scott seventh and Brendan Gaughan ninth. The No. 33 RCR team is currently third in the owner point standings.

#Dash4Cash Race No. 1 … Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace, Jr. competed for the first XFINITY Series #Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus at Dover International Speedway. Regan Smith finished third in the Buckle Up 200, earning him the bonus and qualifying him for the second #Dash4Cash race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brendan Gaughan was the fourth highest finishing full-time Series driver, qualifying him for the Indianapolis #Dash4Cash race in July

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Social Media … To stay on track with the latest news and information and to view exclusive, behind the scenes content visit RCR’s Twitter account – @RCRracing, RCR’s NASCAR XFINITY Series team Twitter accounts – @RCR2BScott, @RCR3TDillon, @RCR33NNS and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR’s XFINITY Series driver twitter accounts – @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.

Catch the Action … Coverage for the XFINITY Series Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway will begin with both practice sessions on Friday, June 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1. Qualifying will also be showcased on Fox Sports 1 live on Saturday, June 13, at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time and race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. It will also be broadcast live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.

Brian Scott, No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro

 

This Week’s Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 164 in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis will make its debut during the first practice sessions at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.

Scott at Michigan … In five XFINITY Series starts at MIS, Scott has earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 10.8 and an average finish of 11.2. Scott has completed 100 percent of the laps around the two-mile track in the XFINITY Series. In addition, Scott has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.

2015 Rewind … After 12 XFINITY Series races this season, Scott has captured two top-five, eight top-10 finishes, sits seventh in the driver point standings and has led 37 laps with an average starting position of 5.2 and an average finish of 14.4.

Scott Visits Shore Lodge … Scott will spend the week in McCall, Idaho capturing the outdoor activities at Shore Lodge. Scott will spend most of the day Tuesday on Payette Lake, Stan Craft Boating, Jet Skiing, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding and Wake surfing. On Wednesday, Scott will start at sunrise to capture the cinematic look of Idaho, followed by fly fishing and mountain biking. You can stay in tune with the week’s activities via @bscottracing, @RCR2BScott and on Facebook at http://ift.tt/1KZUFSi.

Dover International Speedway Race Rewind … Scott and the No. 2 ACME/Kraft Singles Chevrolet team qualified fifth for the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click it or Ticket at Dover International Speedway. The 200-lap race began and Scott reported loose-handling conditions in his RCR Chevrolet. On Lap 65, Scott was collected in an on-track accident that ended the day for the ACME/Kraft Singles Chevrolet resulting in a 36th-place finish.

Last Time at MIS … Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro utilized the fast ECR horsepower qualifying sixth for the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Scott spent a majority of the race fighting for track position while battling a tight-handling Chevrolet. The Shore Lodge Chevrolet team found themselves back inside the top-10 on lap 57. As the laps wound down around the two-mile track, Scott battled for positions ultimately crossing the finish line fifth.

BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on racing at Michigan?

"Michigan is fun. It’s always exciting when we go to the automakers’ backyard. It’s always a big race and a prestigious race for our manufacturers. So we fly the colors of Chevrolet a little higher and we work really hard to put them in victory lane. I feel really good about our RCR and ECR programs at Michigan. We were able to go to victory lane with Paul Menard last year there. I feel like we’ll have a chance and hopefully all the RCR cars will be strong again like we were there last year. And, maybe this time we can put the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet in victory lane."

Has the groove opened up at Michigan?
"Yeah, I feel like each time we go back there, there is about a half more groove of racing. It seemed like the first trip there, there was a groove, then a groove and a half, then two, then two and half. So, it keeps widening out and it keeps weathering, which is great. With how tough of a winter it’s been, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any bumps or anything like that that has developed. But, it’ll be so important for us to be strong when we go to Michigan and try to put our best foot forward for Chevrolet."

Ty Dillon, No. 3 Red Kap / Arrow Uniform Chevrolet Camaro

 

This Week’s Red Kap / Arrow Uniform Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 163 for this weekend’s Great Clips 250. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro made its debut in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Dillon drove to a seventh-place finish.

Dillon at Michigan International Speedway… Last season, Dillon made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at the two-mile speedway finishing ninth. Dillon has also recorded two top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and recorded a victory in the ARCA Series presented by Menards in 2011.

Double Duty … In addition to racing the No. 3 Red Kap/Arrow Uniform Chevrolet Camaro in the Great Clips 250, Dillon will pilot the No. 33 Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This will be Dillon’s sixth-career Sprint Cup Series start and fourth of 2015.

Happy Birthday Danny & Bug … Crew chief Danny Stockman and car chief Robert "Bug" Strmiska will celebrate their respective birthdays this Sunday. Stockman and Strmiska have been the crew/car chief duo in the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro since 2012. During that time, they have recorded three wins (Kentucky Speedway twice and Indianapolis Motor Speedway), 38 top five and 81 top 10 finishes. Stockman and Strmiska were a part of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship with driver Austin Dillon.

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Race Rewind … Last time out at Dover International Speedway, Dillon drove to an eighth-place finish recording the team’s ninth top-10 finish of the season. During an off weekend from the XFINITY Series, he drove the No. 33 Yuengling America’s Oldest Brewery Chevrolet SS to an 18th-place finish at Pocono Raceway last Sunday.

To the points … Dillon is currently second in the XFINITY Series driver points standings trailing the leader by 15 points.

Meet Ty Dillon … Fans have the opportunity to meet Dillon this Friday night at Walmart Supercenter 5160 located at 1700 West Michigan Avenue, Jackson, Michigan beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dillon will be signing autographs and promoting Nexium® 24HR to Walmart customers. Dillon also will visit the Team Chevy stage located in the fan midway on Sunday, June 14 beginning at 9:40 a.m.

TY DILLON QUOTE:
What is the approach this weekend in Michigan?

"We’re 15 points out of the lead, so we’d like to continue to chip away at that and get back to being the points leader. Last season, we were able to knock off a top-10 at this race track, but we know we can do better. Michigan is a fast race track and we’re fortunate to have the power from ECR Engines to get our cars around here. I have no doubts that we will compete for a win this weekend."

Paul Menard, No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro

 

This Week’s Richmond/Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 165 in the Great Clips 250 at Michigan International Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro is new for the 2015 season and will make its first laps on Friday during practice.

Michigan Details … The Eau Claire, Wis., native driver has made nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the two-mile paved oval, collecting four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Menard also has one pole award and one victory to his credit with an average starting position of 10.8 and an average finishing position of 7.7 and 68 laps led.

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Last Time Around … Last year in the spring edition of the XFINITY Series Michigan race, Menard and the No. 33 team were victorious at the Brooklyn, Mich., facility. Menard started the 250-mile event from the fifth position and battled a loose-handling race car for the beginning. On the final restart of the day, Menard was scored second and drove the No. 33 machine to the lead earning his second win in the XFINITY Series.

33 Team by the Numbers … So far this season, the No. 33 team has accumulated some impressive stats with Menard, Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones. In 12 races, the RCR team has garnered two wins, four pole awards, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with 369 laps led.

Looking Ahead … Following this weekend’s 125-lap affair, Austin Dillon will return to the driver’s seat of the No. 33 Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway for the June 20 event.

Double Duty … In addition to Saturday’s Great Clips 250 at Michigan International Speedway, watch Menard in the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400, which airs live on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Nick Harrison and the No. 33 XFINITY Series team has been competitive all season. Are you excited to get back behind the wheel of that car this weekend in Michigan?
"I’ve been watching those guys run so strong this year, I’m extremely excited to get back in the 33 and try to win two-in-a-row at Michigan."

Brendan Gaughan, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro

 

This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 162 this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway. Chassis No. 162 is a new addition for the RCR stable this year and has one start at Charlotte Motor Speedway where it qualified 17th and finished 18th.

Gaughan’s Michigan Stats … In three XFINITY Series starts at the two-mile speedway, Gaughan has completed 363 of 375 (96.8 percent) laps that he has competed. The Las Vegas native also has eight starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at MIS, earning a victory in 2003 and accumulating three top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and averaging a starting position of 16.4 and finishing position of 8.8.

Last Year at Michigan … The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team qualified 16th in the XFINITY Series event at MIS. The Las Vegas-native raced inside the top-15 throughout the majority of the 125-lap event. The Shane Wilson-led team gambled with fuel mileage at the end of the race and came up one lap short, bringing the team to pit road and crossing the finish line 22nd.

#Dash4Cash Qualifier … Brendan Gaughan finished seventh, qualifying him for the second #Dash4Cash race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gaughan along with Chris Buescher, Regan Smith and Chase Elliott will compete on July 25 for the #Dash4Cash race No. 2 bonus of $100,000.

South Point Hotel Casino Spa to Host Blood Drive … The United Blood Services of Las Vegas will host a blood drive in the Brunswick Room at South Point Hotel & Casino on Friday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All donors 21 and older will receive one Garden Buffet coupon, a voucher for two admissions to a Las Vegas 51s home game. Restrictions may apply and donors will receive 1000 points on The Club card! Donors are encouraged to make an appointment and can do so by calling 702-233-9620 or by visiting http://ift.tt/1KZUFSm.

In the Rearview Mirror: Dover International Speedway … The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet qualified in the 11th position for the Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway. Gaughan reported loose-handling conditions from the start. Crew chief Shane Wilson made the proper adjustments to improve the handling, putting Gaughan in position to work his way up to and finish in the seventh position.

To the Points … As the Series returns to action this weekend in Michigan, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team are ninth in the driver point standings.

BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Michigan International Speedway?

"Racing at Michigan International Speedway is just so much fun. Michigan is super fast right now, to the point where it is scary fast. It is a track where we just know we are going fast. Goodyear does a great job of giving us tires with the grip that we need for the heat and speed that we experience. I think this year we will see another leap in how exciting the racing is. The track will probably be a little wider with even more side-by-side racing."