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Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Phoenix International Raceway In 60 Series starts at the one-mile paved track, RCR has captured three victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2006), Clint Bowyer (2007) and Elliott Sadler (2012). The Welcome, N.C., organization has completed 11,724 laps of the 11,947 (98.1 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated two pole awards, 23 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes, led 543 laps and averages a starting position of 11.4 and finishing position of 11.3.
 
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 Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for the fourth event of the season. Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones are tied for third and Brendan Gaughan is sixth.The No. 2 RCR team is tied for first in the owner point standings. Brandon Jones is currently second in the XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings.

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This Week's Ruud Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 145 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This Chevrolet Camaro has an average starting position of 7.1 and an average finishing position of 8.1.
 
Desert Stats In seven previous XFINITY Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Dillon has earned three top-five and five top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 8.9 coupled with an average finishing position of 10.1. 
 
Welcome Back, Ruud Like RCR, Ruud is a pioneer in reliable performance.  In 1889, Edwin Ruud invented the first automatic gas water heater and since then, the Ruud brand has grown into one of North America's largest and most respected makers of quality heating, cooling and water heating products for residential and light commercial use.  The Ruud reputation for engineering excellence, reliability, strength and top performance has been consistently recognized by leading consumer publications as a brand that can be trusted to deliver efficient, reliable performance day in and day out.  Today, the proud performance histories of Ruud and RCR come together to serve as the cornerstones of future championship performance of two great brands, Austin Dillon and the No. 2 RCR-Ruud NASCAR XFINITY Series team.
 
No. 2 Team by the Numbers With three XFINITY Series event complete in 2016, the No. 2 team has three 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 Auto Club Speedway.

Phoenix drives like a short track because it has a lot to do with the angle and degree of the banking. Turns 3 and 4 are flat, and 1 and 2 is just a weird corner. You don't really race anywhere like that all year long, so it's a difficult driving track. When you have a good handling car, it helps a lot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         – Austin Dillon

This Week's Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway  Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 157 for this weekend's Phoenix 200. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro was utilized last November by the No. 3 team at PIR where Dillon started eighth and finished fifth.
 
Dillon in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Phoenix International Raceway Dillon is slated to make his 82nd career XFINITY Series start this weekend at the one-mile short-track where he has two top five and four top-10 finishes in four starts. Dillon also made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at PIR in 2014 where he finished 27th.
 
#NASCARGoesWest Dillon finished seventh last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the first leg of the NASCAR Goes West tour. The 24-year-old driver is planning on staying on the West Coast to fuel another racing passion – mountain biking. Known for some of the best mountain biking trails in the world, Dillon plans to bike with fellow RCR crew members in the Las Vegas and Sedona, Ariz. area.

I really enjoy short-track racing, it's what I grew up doing with Team Dillon Racing. I think PIR really fits my style and our team really has been able to figure out the best race strategy. It starts with qualifying well and not having any mistakes throughout the day. Because it is a short race, there is not a lot of room for error. I love the intensity of every lap at PIR, fighting for every inch of track position and the wild restarts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                – Ty Dillon

This Week's E-Z-GO Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway Brandon Jones will pilot Chassis No. 156 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro has one top-five finish to date. 
 
Phoenix Stats This weekend's 200-mile event marks Jones' first appearance at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. However, Jones has two previous starts at the one-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, garnering a best finish of 12th in 2014.
 
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Vegas Rewind Jones and the No. 33 Chevrolet team qualified fifth for the 200-lap event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. Despite battling a loose-handling Chevrolet in the early portions of the race, Jones was able to remain a fixture within the top-10 of the running order. During a caution period just past the halfway point, crew chief Mike Hillman, Jr., called the young driver to pit road for a round of chassis adjustments to help alleviate the loose-handling conditions Jones was experiencing. With positive changes to the No. 33 machine, Jones drove back to the fifth position and crossed the finish line in the sixth position.

I haven't really had a good chance at figuring that place out yet. Every time I've been there, we've had a problem and haven't had a good shot at it. We've run well in practice and found a lot of speed, but we haven't had anything to show for it. I'm hoping to add a top-five run to my name after this weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Brandon Jones
 

This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 162 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for the Phoenix 200. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro last saw track action at Michigan International Raceway in June where Gaughan started sixth and finished 12th.  
 
Gaughan at Phoenix International Raceway In nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at PIR, Gaughan has completed 1,771 of 1,781 (99.4 percent) of the laps he has competed. The Las Vegas native is credited with a 16.7average starting position and a 14.1 average finishing position. In 11 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Gaughan has led nine laps and averages a 14.6 finishing position.
 
Coming Soon at South Point South Point Hotel & Casino will host the Silver Dollar Circuit Quarter Horse Show & Western Gift Expo March 15 – 20, 2016. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/1iIgtnM.

You know, I love the old Phoenix. I'm an old guy, and I do love the old PIR with the open backstretch where we used to have to cross over. I have to admit, the goofy deal they did with the kink has really made that place fun. It was already unique, but they have increased the uniqueness. The super flat front stretch is really tough to pass on. You have to make those daring moves in the dogleg and corner. I think the fans really love what they did. When you see a guy come off of Turn 2, and you can tell they do that dive bomb move all the way to the flat, way down on the apron with dust and rubber flying then they slide back up the track. The fans love it and that is what makes our sport great! We listen to the fans in Phoenix and whether by accident or intentional, they have made a fan favorite track.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           – Brendan Gaughan