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DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans Report

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans

Phoenix International Raceway

Saturday, November 8, 2014  

Race Highlights: 
  • Ty Dillon qualified seventh for the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans and was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing entry at Phoenix International Raceway. Teammates Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott qualified eighth,and ninth, respectively.
  • RCR teammates Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan finished fourth, seventh and eighth, respectively.  
  • Brian Scott currently leads the RCR drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings in third, Ty Dillon is fifth and Brendan Gaughan eighth.  
  • Next up for the Nationwide Series is the 2014 season-finale Homestead-Miami 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Catch all the action live Saturday, November 15 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
Brian Scott Earns Ninth Consecutive Top-10 Finish at Phoenix International Raceway   
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro team collected their 29th top-10 qualifying position of the season at Phoenix International Raceway starting in the ninth position for the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans. The 200-lap event only had five cautions giving the Phil Gould-led team ample chances to make the correct adjustments and move the Whitetail Chevrolet to the front. A green-white-checkered finish allowed Scott to move up on the final restart, finishing seventh. His seventh-place finish earned the team’s 22nd top-10 finish of the 2014 season.  
Start – 9th          Finish – 7th          Laps Led – 0          Pts – 3rd  
"Our Whitetail Chevrolet team fought hard all day. We were close on our setup, but we were missing one thing. We had a great day on pit road, just battled to find what we needed."

Ty Dillon Records Seventh Top-Five Finish of Season at Phoenix International Raceway
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro to a fourth-place finish Saturday afternoon in the DAV 200, recording the team’s seventh top-five finish of the season. Earlier in the afternoon, Dillon qualified seventh and noted his team’s Chevrolet Camaro had a good balance. From the start of the race, Dillon maintained positioning inside the top 10 for a majority of the 200 lap race. The 22-year-old driver cracked the top-five after a two-tire pit stop on lap 38 and remained inside their for the next 46 laps. The team made a four- tire pit stop on lap 84, hoping the strategy would set themselves up for two-tire changes on the last pit stops. Crew chief Danny Stockman’s call was right – Dillon picked up positioning on pit road on lap 111 and lap 167 because of solid two-tire changes. In the end, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender found the right balance and raced inside the top five. Dillon was strong on the final green-white-checkered restart on lap 204 and crossed the finish line fourth, the team’s 23rd top-10 finish of the season. He was the first rookie to cross the finish line and remains fifth in the driver point standings. The Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale next Saturday afternoon.
Start – 7th         Finish -4th       Laps Led – 0       Points – 5th
"We need more days like today. I felt like we had a really fast race car that had a good balance throughout the whole day. Danny (Stockman) made some good calls on pit road with tire strategy and we got ourselves another top-five finish. We’ll go to Homestead next week with only one thing on our agenda, and that’s to win."
Brendan Gaughan Earns Seventh Top-10 Finish of Season at Phoenix International Raceway
Brendan Gaughan and the Charter Communications Chevrolet Camaro qualified eighth for the DAV 200 – Honoring American Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway. This was the seventh top-10 starting position of the season for the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team. During the first caution on lap 38, Gaughan visited pit road for right-side Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel. The Las Vegas-native was content with the handling of his Camaro throughout the 200-lap event. When the final caution fell on lap 199 forcing the race into a green-white-checkered overtime, Gaughan restarted ninth and drove to eighth when the checkered flag waved. The eighth-place finish earns the 39-year-old driver his seventh top 10 of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Gaughan and the No. 62 team remain eighth in the driver point standings as they head into the series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Start – 8th       Finish – 8th     Laps Led – 0     Points – 8th

"Glad the No. 62 team and I could have Charter Communications on board with us this weekend at Phoenix. This was a great rebound from our finish last weekend at Texas. Once again, great job by our Richard Childress Racing team."