XFINITY Series back at Iowa Speedway
Race: Iowa 250
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Iowa Speedway … In 21 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 7/8-mile track, Richard Childress Racing has led 438 laps and visited victory lane once with Elliott Sadler in 2012. Austin Dillon started from the pole in the June 2013 race and drove to a second-place finish. RCR averages a 9.5 starting position, a 10.9 finish and has accumulated six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
Talladega Recap … In the Talladega 300, Brian Scott, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan posted second, third, eighth and 39th place finishes, respectively.
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 the first stand-alone event of the season. Ty Dillon remains the point standings leader, Brian Scott is sixth and Brendan Gaughan 10th. The No. 33 RCR team is currently fifth in the owner point standings.
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Catch the Action … Coverage of this weekend’s XFINITY Series stand-alone event at Iowa Speedway will be televised live on Sunday, May 17, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. It will also be broadcasted live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
Brian Scott, No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway … Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 141 in Sunday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Iowa 250. This chassis from the Richard Childress Racing stable has an average starting position of fourth and an average finishing position of 11th. Scott collected back-to-back pole positions last year at Chicagoland Speedway with this chassis and most recently raced No. 141 at Richmond International Raceway.
Iowa Speedway Statistics … Sunday’s 250-lap event will mark Scott’s 10th XFINITY Series start at the 7/8 -mile track. Scott has completed 2,144 of 2,250 laps (95.3 percent) with three top-10 finishes, an average start of 7th and an average finish of 14.7. Scott has finished 18th or better in the last seven of nine races.
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Talladega Superspeedway Race Rewind … The No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet qualified in the third position for the 113-lap race. Within the first 25 laps of competition, Scott radioed he had a tight-handling Chevrolet through the corners and exit off the corners. The 27-year-old led the outside line staying inside the top 10 as the laps wound down. Scott led the field to green with 32 laps to go and was quickly halted by a debris caution. The final restart was on lap 98 and the RCR team was sixth. Scott found momentum and took the high line around the 2.66-mile track to make a charge for the race win, gaining four positions on the final lap and finishing second.
Last Time at Iowa … Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified for the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway in the fourth position. With track position playing a major role at the 7/8-mile track, Scott battled inside the top 10 a majority of the 250-lap event. With three laps to go on the final restart, Scott was shuffled into the seventh position where he would ultimately cross the finish line.
To The Points … Scott is currently sixth in the XFINITY Series driver point standings after nine of 33 races.
Meet Scott … The XFINITY Series drivers, including Scott, will participate in an autograph session open to fans on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. underneath the Turn 4 grandstands.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Do you like racing at Iowa Speedway?
"Oh man, I love racing in the heartland. Iowa Speedway is great. It’s a fun short track. It’s always a good opportunity for the XFINITY Series drivers to showcase. It never seems like we get a lot of the Sprint Cup Series regulars racing with us because it’s normally on the non-companion weekend. It’ll be fun going to Iowa and battling it out with the XFINTIY guys."
What do you think of Des Moines, Iowa?
"I think a lot of people underestimate some of the towns that NASCAR race tracks are in. I think it’s been great to travel around to them. Now we have had some seasoning of going to these places six, seven or eight times. I’ve learned more and more about these cities that we go to, Des Moines being one of them. I think it’s great and I think we race in a lot of great cities and a lot of great sections of the country. It’s been fun getting to know each location a little bit more."
Ty Dillon, No. 3 Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro at Iowa Speedway … NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 145 for this weekend’s Iowa 250. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro was driven to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last July. Chassis No. 145 last saw track action at Richmond International Raceway on April 24 where Dillon finished ninth.
Dillon at Iowa Speedway in the XFINITY Series … In two XFINITY Series starts, Dillon has one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes at the 7/8-mile speedway. Dillon has also made four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Iowa Speedway, recording two top-five and three top-10 finishes. Dillon finished second in the Truck Series race in September 2012.
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Dillon Survives "The Big One" … Dillon was collected in two on-track incidents during last Saturday’s Talladega 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 3 team went to work on the cosmetic damage and was able to return to competition. The XFINITY Series points leader battled and worked his way to an eighth-place finish, his seventh top-10 of the season.
Points Leader … Dillon remains the XFINITY Series points leader for the eighth-consecutive race weekend. To date, the Welcome, N.C. driver has three top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes, and leads the Series in total laps (1695) and average finishing position (7.6). He holds a nine point lead over second place and a 37 point lead over third place.
Meet Ty Dillon … Dillon is schedule to participate in the XFINITY Series autograph session on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time located under the Turn 4 grandstands.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
How is your season so far?
"We’ve gotten off to a good start. We definitely don’t take it for granted being the points leader right now; it’s a great spot to be in. There is still plenty of work to be done and more to be accomplished. We’d like to get a win and extend this points lead. Iowa is a place we could run up front, lead some laps and hopefully drive to Victory Lane."
Brandon Jones, No. 33 JELD-WEN/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s JELD-WEN/Menards Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway … Brandon Jones will pilot Chassis No. 150 in the Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro was most recently driven by Austin Dillon at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this season where he started fifth and finished fourth. Dillon also earned an eighth-place result at Richmond International Raceway last month.
Welcome to the Team … This weekend, the No. 33 team welcomes a new driver to their line up for the 2015 season. Brandon Jones will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Iowa Speedway with the RCR team that currently has one victory, five top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and three pole awards with 189 laps led.
Victorious in Iowa … Jones has four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts to his credit at the 7/8-mile track earning one victory, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The 18-year-old driver has an 11th-place average starting position coupled with an 8.2 average finishing position. In 2013, Jones also made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa Speedway, earning a 20th-place result with two laps led.
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Meet the Driver … Jones is scheduled to greet fans on Sunday morning at 8:55 a.m. local time at the Iowa Speedway ticket booth. The RCR driver will also sign autographs for fans at the XFINITY Series autograph session Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. underneath the Turn Four grandstands.
Double Duty … In addition to Sunday’s Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway, watch Jones in the No. 33 PROSTOCK Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which airs live on FOX Sports 1 Friday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Looking Ahead … Following this weekend’s 250-lap affair at Iowa Speedway, RCR driver Austin Dillon will report back to the driver’s seat for the No. 33 team for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
BRANDON JONES QUOTES:
This weekend marks your first career NASCAR XFINITY Series start and your first race with RCR. What are your goals you’d like to accomplish this weekend?
"I’m really looking forward to getting our JELD-WEN team to Iowa Speedway. I’m going back to a place where I’ve already raced several times for my first XFINITY Series start, and that gives me some extra confidence heading into the weekend. I think we have a good shot at a top 10, or maybe even a top-five finish. With the XFINITY Series racing at Iowa Speedway while the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series is at Charlotte (Motor Speedway), we probably won’t see a lot of the crossover of Cup drivers who also race in the XFINITY Series. I think it will be a good eye opener to see where we’re really at. I’ve been testing a lot with the No. 33 team at 1.5-mile tracks, so I’m comfortable in the XFINITY cars and expect that our JELD-WEN team will be pretty competitive right off the truck."
You’ve been racing in multiple series so far this season, what can you take away from those races and use in the XFINITY Series?
"We’ve been racing pretty much everything we can this year. It’s actually been a lot of fun jumping between the different series. I just kind of get in and go have some fun. If you think about it too much, you’re more likely to mess up and make mistakes. The XFINITY Series has been a totally new car to me; different tire, different motor, but I think we’ll be pretty good with our JELD-WEN team. We’ve been doing a lot of testing together, which has allowed us to get to know each other and learn how everyone communicates. Even though Iowa will be our first race together, I think we’ll be able to show up and be pretty competitive."
Brendan Gaughan, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 147 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis has been utilized in seven NASCAR XFINITY Series events since June 2014. Most recently, No. 147 competed this season at Richmond International Raceway and Phoenix International Raceway, averaging a starting position of 12.5 and a finishing position of 9.5.
Gaughan’s Stats at Iowa …In six XFINITY Series starts at the 7/8-mile paved oval, Gaughan has earned one top-10 finish and averages a starting position of 14.7 and finishing position of 17.2.
Last Time at Iowa … The No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team started from the 10th position last May at Iowa Speedway. The South Point Hotel & Casino team battled a free-handling race car throughout the 250-lap event. During the first caution, the team was penalized for pitting before the pits opened resulting in Gaughan restarting from the rear. Gaughan rebounded from the penalty and finished in the 12th position.
Welcome Home, Voss … No. 62 front-tire carrier Justin Voss returns to his home state this weekend for the Iowa 250. The Parksburg, Iowa native grew up racing go-karts, where he earned multiple track championships throughout the mid-west. Voss made the move to North Carolina in 2003 and began working at RCR in 2011 as a full-time fabricator. The next year, Voss began traveling as the tire carrier for the No. 3 team of Ty Dillon.
In the Rearview Mirror: Talladega Superspeedway… Two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, Gaughan qualified seventh for the XFINITY Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. Only three laps after the green flag waved, the No. 62 was collected in an on-track incident. The Las Vegas native was able to save the Chevrolet and come to pit road for repairs. The Shane Wilson-led team worked diligently and returned to the track in the 38th position. The Richard Childress Racing team fought to earn track position and was inside the top 20 by lap 11. On lap 74, green flag pit stops were underway and an incident collected Gaughan and nine other cars on the front stretch. This accident ended the day for the 39-year-old driver and his RCR teammates. Gaughan finished the day in the 39th position.
To the Points …Heading into Iowa, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team are 10th in the driver point standings.
Meet Brendan Gaughan … On Sunday, May 17, Gaughan is scheduled to participate in the XFINITY Series autograph session at Iowa Speedway under the Turn 4 grandstands at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
Why do you enjoy racing at Iowa?
"As a driver, I really enjoy racing at Iowa. The track has a higher line that you are able to drive and keep the momentum almost like a speedway. Those were always the tracks I was better at, mostly because I love running the high line. Rusty (Wallace) did a great job with this track. As much as I enjoy the racing at Iowa, my favorite thing about the speedway is how the fans always show up. I always tell people that is what impresses me the most every time we race at Iowa."