RCR Teams Climb in XFINITY Series Point Standings in Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway
February 28, 2015
- Brian Scott qualified second for the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing driver. Brendan Gaughan qualified sixth followed by Paul Menard 11th and Ty Dillon 17th.
- Ty Dillon finished third, Paul Menard sixth, Brian Scott seventh and Brendan Gaughan 12th.
- Next up for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the Boyd Gaming 300 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Catch all the action live on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox Sports 1 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Brian Scott Finishes Seventh at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team brought back their qualifying momentum from the 2014 season by starting on the outside pole on Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Hisense 250. Scott reported he was lacking rear drive off early in the 163-lap event. Running in the fifth position, a caution brought the Shore Lodge Chevrolet to pit road on Lap 86. The team was served a penalty for too many men over the wall and restarted in the 10th position. The Mike Hillman, Jr. led team adjusted correctly on Scott’s drive off during the next pit stop, but handling of the car was too tight at race’s end leading Scott to cross the finish line seventh. The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend where Scott will enter the race seventh in the standings.
Start – 2 Finish – 7 Laps Led – 0 Points – 7
Brian Scott Quote:
"We had a good Shore Lodge Chevrolet today. We need to clean up our mistakes on pit road and work on our adjustments at the end of the race and we’ll win one of these things. I’m ready to go to the West Coast races which are home tracks to me."
Ty Dillon Records Second Consecutive Top-Five Finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to its second consecutive podium finish Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, crossing the finish line third. Dillon qualified 17th earlier in the afternoon and raced in the middle of the pack until the race’s first caution on lap eight. The 23-year-old driver was dominant on restarts, picking up several positions on each of the race’s six green-flag restarts. He cracked the top 10 on lap 39 and continued his charge to the front after making adjustments on laps 49, 87 and 136 during visits to pit road. On lap 112, Dillon worked his way inside the top five. The race’s final restart came on lap 139 where Dillon took control of the third position. In the end, the WESCO Chevrolet Camaro finished there recording the team’s second top-five finish of the season. Dillon was the first NASCAR XFINITY Series regular to cross the finish line and moves into a tie for first place in the driver point standings.
Start – 17 Finish – 3 Laps Led – 0 Points – 1
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"We made a couple of great adjustments on our pit stops and were strong on our all of our restarts. That’s a credit to Danny (Stockman, crew chief) and the guys for doing their homework and making the correct calls. It’s a great feeling to start the season off on back-to-back third place finishes. It gives us a lot of confidence and I wouldn’t be surprised if we go compete for a win next week in Las Vegas."
Paul Menard Finishes Sixth in First NASCAR XFINITY Series Event of 2015
Paul Menard drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro to a sixth-place finish in his first NASCAR XFINITY Series event of the 2015 season. The Wisconsin native started from the 11th spot and raced inside the top 11 for the entire 163-lap event. Menard quickly noted a loose-handling condition, which crew chief Nick Harrison remedied during a pit stop on lap 47 with four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. The Richmond/Menards team visited pit road two additional times for a combination of four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments to keep up with the changing track conditions. During his final pit stop on lap 133, Menard was caught on pit road when the caution was displayed but was able to stay on the lead lap. This set the team up for a restart from the eighth position on lap 139 and Menard charged to fourth by lap 140. The Richmond/Menards Chevy driver crossed the finish line in sixth after battling a tight-handling condition in the closing laps.
Start – 11 Finish – 6 Laps Led – 0 Points – N/A
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
"We had a fast Richmond/Menards Chevy today. It just got tight there in the closing laps, so I fell back two spots. Nick (Harrison, crew chief) and team always bring a fast car to the track. I appreciate their hard work today during pit stops to make the changes we needed. I think my next race in this XFINITY Series car is Michigan, so I’m looking forward to that. We won there last year and it’s been a good track for us."
Brendan Gaughan Brings Home a 12th-place Finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team qualified in the sixth position for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The Las Vegas native battled a loose-handling Chevrolet Camaro for a majority of the 163-lap event in Hampton, Georgia. During his first visit to pit road on lap 48, the Shane Wilson-led team took the opportunity to make a wedge and track bar adjustment. Gaughan returned to the track in the 13th position and reported the loose-handling condition had improved. On lap 106, Gaughan reported the handling was tight on entrance and loose on exit of the turns. The 39-year-old driver fought to earn his lap back for the remainder of the Hisense 250, but came up one car short finishing 12th, one lap down. The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team is 12th in the driver point standings as the XFINITY Series heads to Gaughan’s home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend.
Start – 6 Finish – 12 Laps Led – 0 Points – 12
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"Richard Childress gave me a fast Chevrolet today in qualifying. We just struggled getting the rear of this South Point Chevrolet underneath us during the race, but this RCR team did a great job on pit road. Can’t give all of those boys enough credit for what they do every weekend."