All four RCR XFINITY teams finish inside the top-10 at WGI
Watkins Glen International
Saturday, August 8, 2015
- Ty Dillon finished fifth and was the highest finishing Richard Childress Racing driver in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. Brian Scott finished sixth, Paul Menard ninth and Brendan Gaughan 10th.
- Richard Childress Racing driver Ty Dillon started sixth and was the highest qualifying NASCAR XFINITY Series driver in the RCR camp. Brian Scott qualified ninth, Paul Menard 10th and Brendan Gaughan 13th.
- Next up for the XFINITY Series is the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio. Catch all the action live on Saturday, August 8 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network, broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Brian Scott Finishes Sixth at Watkins Glen International
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team qualified for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International in the ninth position. Scott reported loose conditions early on in the 82-lap right and left turn affair. The NASCAR XFINITY Series was brought under yellow-flag conditions on lap 21. Scott took his Shore Lodge Chevrolet to pit road for four tires and fuel. The team was served with a pit road penalty for driving through too many stalls on exit. On lap 25, the Mike Hillman, Jr.-led team topped off the Chevrolet Camaro with fuel and restarted at the tail-end of the lead lap in the 23rd position on lap 26. Scott made his way back inside the top 10 at the halfway mark. During green-flag pit stops on lap 53, and what would be the final stop for the Shore Lodge Chevy, Scott took on four fresh tires and fuel. Back racing inside the top 10, the field was brought under red-flag conditions with seven laps to go. Scott would battle for position in the closing laps and bring home a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen.
Start – 9 Finish – 6 Laps Led – 0 Points – 9
Brian Scott Quote:
"I was going for the win there at the end and it cost us. I’m really proud of the recovery of this No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team. Overall it was a good day. I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio next week and spending the weekend with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient champion, Owen Mottie."
Ty Dillon Finishes Fifth at Watkins Glen International
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro to a fifth-place finish Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. He and the team recorded the team’s fifth top-five finish of the season and moved into a tie for second place in the NASCAR XFINTIY Series point standings. The fifth-place finish was also a career high one for Dillon on a road course. Dillon qualified sixth earlier in the afternoon and drove inside the top 10 for the entire 82-lap event. Crew chief Nick Harrison stretched the team’s green-flag run by using fuel mileage calculations to its advantage and kept the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro up front. Dillon raced all the way up to third place at one point before settling into the sixth position. Several caution flags and a red flag fell in the race’s closing laps. Dillon restarted sixth on lap 78 and moved up one spot to fifth place, where he would eventually cross the finish line. Dillon is now tied for second place in the driver point standings with another road course race next weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex.
Start – 6 Finish – 5 Laps Led – 0 Points – 2
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"There was a lot of tough racing out there. We are happy with a top-five finish and we’re chipping away at the points lead, but I am disappointed in myself on how I handled a few on-track situations. I apologize to my teammate, Paul Menard, for getting into him on the first turn. We’ll look to improve on this finish next weekend with another road course race."
Paul Menard Battles Back From Late-Race Incident to Finish Ninth at Watkins Glen International
Paul Menard started Saturday’s 82-lap NASCAR XFINITY Series event from the 10th spot and raced within the top five throughout most of the 200.9 miles until a late-race incident relegated the team to a ninth-place finish. Menard was happy with the handling of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro, only noting that it was free on exit early in the event. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin native raced in the top three by lap 26 and maintained a position in the top four until an incident on lap 70 sent Menard to the rear of the field. With no caution displayed, Menard raced hard from the 24th position up to 19th when the red-flag was displayed with six laps to go. The Danny Stockman-led team called Menard down pit road one last time on lap 77 for four tires and fuel. Menard restarted 22nd on lap 78 and crossed the finish line ninth, just four laps later. Up next for Menard in the No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevy is the stand-alone event at Road America in his home state of Wisconsin.
Start – 10 Finish – 9 Laps Led – 0 Owners Points – 2
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
"We had a fast Richmond/Menards Chevy today, definitely a top-three car. I think we learned some things for my next race with the No. 33 team at Road America, which is another road course for us. I’m excited to get back in the car and see what we can do."
Brendan Gaughan Earns 10th top-10 finish of Season at Watkins Glen International
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet team not only battled the left and right turns of Watkins Glen International on Saturday, but also a pit road penalty and skirmishes with fellow competitors to finish in 10th place. After starting 13th, Gaughan quickly moved up through the running order to seventh place by lap 15. Gaughan and the Shane Wilson-led team utilized pit stops on lap 23 under caution and lap 53 under green to make chassis adjustments, bolt on four tires and fill up with fuel to make the race distance of 82 laps on just two stops. They were able to do that, but their strategy was tested twice when Gaughan was penalized for exiting pit road too fast during the lap-23 stop. After that, he restarted 21st and quickly moved up to 16th and then 11th in three laps. Contact with two cars late in the race left some minor damage to the No. 62 Chevrolet to the point it appeared one of the tires was going down. However, after being looked at by spotters, it was determined the car was fine and Gaughan continued to the checkered flag on lap 82 to finish 10th for the team’s 10th top 10 of the 2015 season.
Start – 13th Finish – 10th Laps Led – 0 Points – 8
Brendan Gaughan Quote:
"Wow, what a race. Typical road-course racing with people spinning, getting spun and making contact with each other in the turns. We overcame a pit road penalty, my fault, and getting involved with two incidents that could have been much worse. Some of those restarts were crazy, but Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and this South Point Chevrolet team just never give up. A top 10 is nice, but we were capable of a top-five finish at Watkins Glen. But, we’ll take it and go to Mid-Ohio next week for another road course race."