RCR XFINITY teams run strong at Mid-Ohio
- Ty Dillon finished third and was the highest finishing Richard Childress Racing driver in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Brian Scott finished seventh, Brendan Gaughan 13th and Brandon Jones 29th.
- Richard Childress Racing driver Ty Dillon started third and was the highest qualifying NASCAR XFINITY Series driver in the RCR camp. Brian Scott qualified fifth, Paul Menard 10th, Brendan Gaughan 12th and Brandon Jones 19th.
- Next up for the XFINITY Series is the Bristol 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Catch all the action live on Friday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network, broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90
Brian Scott Finishes seventh at Mid-Ohio in the Shore Lodge Chevrolet
Brian Scott drove the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Boise, Idaho-native started fifth for the Saturday afternoon NASCAR Series race at the 2.5-mile track. The first caution flag flew on lap six. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., brought Scott to the attention of the Shore Lodge crew taking on four tires and fuel. Ensuing cautions on laps 12 and 21 allowed the Shore Lodge team to save enough fuel to pit only once more before reaching the checkered flag on lap 75. The caution flag flew once again on lap 40. Scott brought his No. 2 Chevrolet to the attention of his crew for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Through the next several laps, Scott battled inside the top 10 climbing as high as fifth. The caution flag was displayed on lap 68, which set up the field for a three-lap shootout to the finish. Scott ultimately finished seventh in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200.
Start: 5 Finish: 7 Laps Led: 0 Points: 8
Brian Scott Quote:
"It was a tough day, we fought lateral grip throughout the race. Mike (Hillman, Jr., crew chief) and the guys worked hard all weekend and we kept trying to improve our Shore Lodge Chevrolet. We were able to maintain our track position inside the top 10 for most of the race, but just couldn’t capitalize to get a better finish. The good part is we kept the car on the track and brought it home in one piece. We’ll go to Bristol this coming weekend and give it our all for a great finish."
Ty Dillon Records Podium Finish, Remains Second in Points at Mid-Ohio
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Yuengling Lager Chevrolet Camaro to a third-place finish Saturday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This was the team’s sixth top-five finish of the season and moving them into sole possession of second place in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver point standings. Dillon qualified third earlier in the afternoon and drove inside the top five for a majority of the 75-lap race. Sporting the Yuengling Light Lager colors with 280 of its guests in attendance to cheer Dillon and the No. 3 team on, the 23-year-old driver did not disappoint. Crew chief Nick Harrison used an off-sequence pit strategy to stay inside the top five. Several cautions toward the end of the race allowed Dillon to use his strong restarts to gain positioning on the competition. With three laps remaining, racing bumper-to-bumper, Dillon moved up to third place, where he would ultimately cross the finish line. Dillon’s podium finish is his career best at a road course and his sixth top five of the season.
Start – 3 Finish – 3 Laps Led – 0 Points – 2nd
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"What a great day for our Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet. We were fast all weekend and we were definitely capable of finishing inside the top three or four. We’re very pleased with how these two road course races have gone for us and we’re closing in on this points lead. Moving on to Bristol next weekend, I’ve had a lot of success there so hopefully we can keep this momentum going."
Brandon Jones Finishes 29th at Mid-Ohio
Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Knauf/Menards team finished 29th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jones used Friday’s two practice sessions to learn his way around the 2.4-mile road course and qualified 19th for the 75-lap event on Saturday. The Richard Childress Racing driver maneuvered around on-track incidents catapulting the yellow and blue Chevrolet into the top 10 during the early stages of the race. Jones ran as high as seventh during the early portions. A lap-41 caution period slowed the field and crew chief Danny Stockman called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. A quick stop by the Knauf/Menards team gained Jones five spots allowing him to restart ninth on lap 45. With 11 laps to go, another competitor spun in front of Jones and collected the No. 33 Chevrolet resulting in front and rear damage. The Stockman-led team quickly went to work to make repairs and Jones rejoined the racing surface in the 26th position. Jones was able to improve to 22nd by the time the white flag was displayed, but was tagged in the rear quarter panel by another competitor relegating him to a 29th-place result.
Start – 19 Finish – 29 Laps Led – 0 Owner’s Points – 3
BRANDON JONES QUOTE:
"What a day. I learned a lot this weekend. We struggled a bit yesterday in practice but the more seat time I got, the more comfortable I got. The Knauf/Menards team never gave up today. I’m really proud of how much we gained from the beginning of the race. I’m looking forward to racing next weekend with this No. 33 team at Bristol Motor Speedway."
Brendan Gaughan takes 13th-place finish away from Mid-Ohio Road Course Race
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet team started the 75-lap road-course race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the 12th position. During the early going around the 13-turn track, Gaughan quickly moved up into the top-10 then top-five by lap 17. This was achieved via hard racing and a caution pit stop on lap eight that played into their favor later. Running in the top 10 until the lap 40 caution, Gaughan and the Shane Wilson-led team came down pit road for fuel, tires and track bar adjustments. Once racing action began again, Gaughan radioed in his Chevrolet was loose in the left-hand turns and tight in the right handers. A lap-53 caution pit stop brought Gaughan down pit road to ensure the car had enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag. After restarting 25th on lap 55, he raced his way to 15th in five laps and earned two more positions to finish 13th. As a result, Gaughan remains ninth in the driver point standings.
Start – 12 Finish – 13 Laps Led – 0 Points – 9
Brendan Gaughan Quote:
"That was not the finish we were looking for here at Mid-Ohio with the car we had here. We started out pretty decent and moved into the top five there for awhile. Once we made some adjustments to fix the loose and tight conditions, the South Point Chevrolet was pretty good. Near the end, we all agreed to come in for tires and fuel to go for a good finish. I just got hit a bunch of times on that last restart and couldn’t move forward. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and the team did a great job all weekend, we just should have had a better finish. We’ll go to Bristol and get one there."