Nationwide Series: DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Event: DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
Richard Childress Racing at Phoenix International Raceway … In 50 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Richard Childress Racing has earned three victories with Kevin Harvick (April 2006), Clint Bowyer (April 2007) and Elliott Sadler (March 2012). The Welcome, N.C. organization has led a total of 539 laps and accumulated 20 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes at the one-mile raceway. RCR averages a starting position of 12.6 and finish of 12.4.
Recap of Texas Motor Speedway … Brian Scott, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan earned sixth, seventh, 15th and 16th-place finishes, respectively, in the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
NNS Most Popular Driver 2014 …
Voting for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver has begun and Brian Scott, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan are all eligible for this season’s award. Fans can vote once a day until the night of the season finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway by visiting http://ift.tt/1uqW51j
To the Points … As the Series heads back to Phoenix International Raceway, Brian Scott currently leads the RCR drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship standings in third, 15 points from second place. Ty Dillon is fifth, seven points out of fourth, and Brendan Gaughan is eighth.
Social Media … To stay on track with the latest news and information and to view exclusive, behind the scenes content visit RCR’s Twitter page – @RCRracing, RCR’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages – @RCR2BScott, @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR’s Nationwide Series driver Twitter pages – @bscottracing, @tydillon and @Brendan62. For additional photos, news and video log on to rcrracing.com.
Phoenix Coverage … Coverage of this week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway will be televised live on Saturday, November 8, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also be broadcasted live on the MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Whitetail Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway … Brian Scott and the No. 2 Whitetail Chevrolet Camaro team are heading into Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans with chassis No. 101. Most recently raced at Richmond International Raceway, Scott qualified and finished fifth. At Iowa Speedway, Scott qualified fourth and finished seventh. He also piloted this chassis at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he qualified fifth and finished seventh. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis has an average starting position of 5.8 and an average finishing position of seventh. The chassis recorded three pole awards, two at Richmond International Speedway and one at Iowa Speedway. Chassis No. 101 also has two victories at Phoenix International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012 to its credit.
Scott at Phoenix … Scott will be making his 11th Nationwide Series start in the 200-lap race on Saturday. In 10 starts at PIR, the 26-year-old has collected three top-10 finishes. Scott also has a NASCAR Camping World Truck victory he claimed in 2012. In addition to the victory in four NCWTS starts, he has completed 100 percent of the laps raced with two top five and two top-10 finishes with 48 laps led. In February, Scott made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the one-mile track.
Nationwide Leader … Scott leads the Nationwide Series regulars with a 6.4 average starting position and the most laps spent inside the top 15 (5,439, 96.2 percent). Currently third in the driver point standings only 63 points out of the lead, and 15 points out of second place, the No. 2 Chevrolet team has collected six top-five and 21 top-10 finishes this season. Additionally, Scott has earned three pole positions, one at Richmond International Raceway and two at Chicagoland Speedway.
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Most Popular Driver Award … From now until November 15, fans can vote for Brian Scott for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award. Vote online at http://ift.tt/1uqW51j once per day.
Meet Brian Scott … Fans have the opportunity to meet Scott at the Albertson’s Grocery Store – 12970 W. Indian School Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 on Thursday, November 6. Scott will participate in a live radio remote with NBC Sports Radio 1060 AM on behalf of Anderson’s Maple Syrup and Albertson’s beginning at 5 p.m. MT. Scott will also be available for autographs.
Rearview Mirror … Brian Scott and the No. 2 Country Bob’s Chevrolet Camaro team collected their 28th top-10 qualifying position of the season at Texas Motor Speedway by starting fourth for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. The Phil Gould-led team fought tight conditions for the majority of the 200-lap event, but continued to maintain a position inside the top-10. Scott brought the Country Bob’s Chevrolet home in sixth place, collecting the teams 10th consecutive top-10 finish and 21st of the 2014 season.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Phoenix is not a short track, but everyone says it drives like one. Do you agree?
“Yeah, I really like Phoenix. We started the year off at a deficit, I feel like, performance wise. I feel like all the other teams came out of the gates pretty strong. And we, even at good tracks for this team, didn’t capitalize. Since then, a lot has changed and we have come leaps and bounds from where we were. I’m looking forward to going back and having a little redemption on those teams that maybe started the year a little stronger than us.”
Phoenix has gotten a little different since the repave. How different is it?
“It’s different every time we go there. I guess one thing that is exciting about these repaves, the grip and you don’t have tire fall off and you end up having strategies in the race where you take two tires or fuel only and it becomes just about track position and trying to get up front. The one exciting thing about repaves is that you can really see a noticeable change year-to-year in the pavement in the lines and tire fall off. It seems like you have to adjust more. When we go to Atlanta, it is old and wore out and it has been for years. You don’t see a whole bunch of changes, it’s just old and wore out. These new tracks, they have so much grip and they are one grooved. It’s like each year and each race the season gets on it, you get the groove that moves up and the asphalt wears out a little bit. Goodyear always seems to bring back a different tire combination to try something different. So every time you go back to a track that’s recently been repaved, it’s almost like you have to forget everything from the year before because it’s probably going to be different.”
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway … Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 134 for this weekend’s DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro was raced twice last season at the one-mile raceway. Last fall, Kevin Harvick drove the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro to a ninth-place finish and earlier this year Brendan Gaughan drove the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro to a 16th-place finish. Chassis No. 134 was last utilized at Dover International Speedway on September 27 where it finished 10th.
Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at PIR … Earlier this year, Dillon made his PIR Nationwide Series debut at the one-mile tri-oval and finished 10th in a rain-shortened race. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has one top-five finish.
America’s No. 1 Outdoor Retailer On Board … This week Bass Pro Shops will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. America’s No. 1 Outdoor Retailer, Bass Pro Shops has been a part of memorable moments in RCR history including Austin Dillon’s Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series championships, the 100th victory for the legendary No. 3 and Ty Dillon’s victory at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Hunting Big Game … Thanks to Realtree, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Richard Childress, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman are visiting Wyoming this week to hunt a trophy Bull Elk. The group will be accompanied by a camera crew capturing every moment of their thrilling hunt. This exclusive footage will air on Realtree’s NASCAR Outdoors, hosted by Realtree’s founder Bill Jordan, later this year on the Outdoor Channel.
#VoteTy … From now until November 15, fans can vote for Ty Dillon for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award. Dillon, the 22-year-old Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie, won the award last season in the Camping World Truck Series. Vote online at http://ift.tt/1uqW51j once per day.
Double Duty … For the second time this season, Dillon will race in both the Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 22-year-old driver will race the No. 33 Charter Communications Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing in the Quicken Loans Race for a Hero 500 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Looking Back … Dillon drove the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to a 10th-place finish earlier this season at PIR. After qualifying fifth and battling with handling issues for the first part of the race, Dillon raced in and around the top 10. In the end, heavy rain fell and the race was called short of the advertised distance with Dillon finishing 10th.
Points update … With two races remaining on the Nationwide Series schedule, Dillon is fifth in the driver championship point standings 75 points behind the leader and 12 points behind third place. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, Dillon is currently in second place.
Meet Ty Dillon … Dillon will participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy Stage located in the Midway on Sunday, November 9 at 9:15 a.m.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
The Series’ heads back to a one-mile race track, how do you feel about racing at PIR?
“Earlier this year we had pretty good speed and we really were able to get a good balance towards the middle of the race. Unfortunately, some heavy rain fell and ended our day early. I think if we had gone back to green-flag racing we would have been able to compete for a top-five finish. I’m excited to go back. Our team always enjoys going out west to Phoenix because of the beautiful scenery, fans and great racing.”
No. 62 Charter Communications Chevrolet Camaro
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Charter Communications Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway … Brendan Gaughan will utilize chassis No. 109 in this weekend’s DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet has seen on-track action at six other tracks in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Chassis No. 109’s highest finishes both came at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he earned two top-10 finishes.
Gaughan’s Phoenix Stats … In six Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaughan has completed 1,166 of 1,175 laps, 99.2 percent. The 39-year-old RCR driver has accumulated one top-five and one top-10 finish at the one-mile race track. Gaughan has also made 11 starts at Phoenix in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he led nine laps and accumulated one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
New Sponsor for the No. 62 at PIR … The No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team welcomes a new primary sponsor Charter Communications, the leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Charter will also join the No. 33 Circle Sport Racing entry of Ty Dillon in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
In the Rearview Mirror: Texas … The No. 62 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet team qualified 12th for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Gaughan fought back and forth with loose and tight handling conditions throughout the 200-lap event. Crew chief Shane Wilson took every opportunity to improve the handling of the Chevrolet Camaro by making track bar and air pressure adjustments. After receiving a pit road speeding violation on lap 131, Gaughan restarted at the tail of the field and ultimately finished 16th.
#VoteBG62 … Voting for the 2014 Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver is still open. Fans can continue to vote once a day until the night of November 15th by visiting http://ift.tt/1uqW51j.
To the Points … With only two races remaining, Gaughan is eighth in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings heading to Phoenix International Raceway.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Phoenix International Raceway?
“I miss the old track where it had the gap in the back straightaway. Turn 2 was so treacherous and difficult because the wall came back at you and you had to be careful. I have to say, that had to be my favorite configuration of Phoenix International Raceway. It is kind of goofy now and that is cool to me because it gives the track character. Now if we are really racing hard and battling we are able to go four wide in the kink. It really makes no sense how we are able to do it, but it sure makes for good racing going in to Turn 3 and it is still that flat Turn 3. That is something that hasn’t changed about the track. It is a driver favorite style corner that really makes for an interesting entry. We always expect the unexpected when we come to Phoenix.”
Did you learn anything from the Phoenix race in March?
“Our RCR Nationwide and fab shops have been busy and working hard on improving our Chevrolets from the race back in March. We are expecting to go back to Phoenix and really work our tails off and try and be better than we were earlier this year. RCR has always been pretty successful there, especially with Kevin Harvick. Shane (Wilson) is going to push and try to find out what we need to be fast, so we can be in the championship hunt in 2015. Our goal is to be as fast as we can now, learn everything we can and take chances so we can be better in the future.”