XFINITY Series heads to the half-mile bullring
Event: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.
Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 68 Series starts at the half-mile oval, RCR has completed 17,089 laps of the 17,851 (95.7 percent) that they have competed. The Welcome, N.C., organization has visited victory lane on seven separate occasions, four with Kevin Harvick (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005), Jeff Green (2002), Clint Bowyer (2008) and Elliott Sadler (2012). RCR has accumulated 26 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes, led 1,776 laps, have started from the pole position five times and average a starting position of 9.6 and finishing position of 11.7.
Lone Star Stat Recap … Austin Dillon was the highest RCR finisher in fifth, Brian Scott 10th, Ty Dillon 12th and Brendan Gaughan 33rd, respectively, in the XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Points … Ty Dillon remains the XFINITY Series point standings leader, Brendan Gaughan is eighth and Brian Scott is ninth. The RCR No. 33 entry is currently fifth in the Series’ owner point standings.
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Catch the Action … XFINITY Series coverage from Bristol Motor Speedway will begin on Friday, April 17 with both practice sessions being televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Qualifying will be live on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, followed by coverage of the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at 1:30 p.m. and broadcasted live on PRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
Brian Scott, No. 2 Shoe Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 101 in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. This prepared chassis from the Richard Childress Racing stable has an average starting position of 5.9 and an average finishing position of 6.7.
The Last Great Colosseum History … Scott will be making his 12th XFINITY Series start this weekend in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at BMS. In 11 previous starts, the Boise, Idaho, native has captured three top-10 finishes with an average start of 11.3 and an average finish of 19.9. Scott earned his best starting position, second, and best finishing position, ninth, in his 2013 fall showing at the 0.53-mile speedway. He also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track.
Shore Lodge Returns in 2015 … Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 XFINTIY Series team for select races in 2015. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Race Rewind … Brian Scott and the No. 2 Albertsons / Reser’s Chevrolet qualified in the seventh position for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. In the first night race on the XFINITY Series schedule, Scott took over the race lead on lap 22 leading the next 26 laps. Scott went on to battle with right-rear grip racing around the 10th position for the remainder of the 200-lap race and crossed the finish line in the 10th position.
Last Time at Bristol Motor Speedway … The No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified ninth for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a rain delayed start to the 300-lap event, Scott fought rear grip and drive off on the restarts at the 0.53-mile track. With 27 laps to go, Scott lost track position after brushing the outside wall and took the checkered flag in the 11th position.
To The Points … Scott is currently 9th in the XFINITY Series driver point standings after the sixth of 33 races.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
Talk about Bristol Motor Speedway and how you’ve raced there in the past.
"Bristol is Bristol. It’s a challenging race track. It’s always been a track where I’ve had a lot of speed and have been really fast in practice and qualified well. I’ve struggled when the track gets rubbered up. The more rubbered up the track gets it seems the more the handling that I like in a car goes away. And it doesn’t benefit itself well for the race. We are going to try something different. I’m looking forward to going there with our new crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and trying a new package and trying to master that little piece that we’ve missed on racing well in the rubber at Bristol.
Do you think you will be able to notice the difference of safer barriers at Bristol?
"Bristol is narrow and high banked. It seems like you are always using all of the real estate that you can at Bristol and then you want more. The addition of safer barriers at certain tracks you hardly notice but at a track like Bristol I think it will be really noticeable."
Ty Dillon, No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 131 for this weekend’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro was most recently raced at Auto Club Speedway last season where Dillon finished eighth.
Dillon in the XFINITY Series at Bristol Motor Speedway … In three XFINITY Series starts at the Last Great Colosseum, Dillon has recorded one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes. His career-best finish came last August under the lights where he finished fourth in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon has one top-10 finish.
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Last week at Texas Motor Speedway … Dillon qualified 16th and raced inside the top 15 for a majority of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 in Fort Worth, Texas. The No. 3 Bulwark / Wayne Workwear Chevrolet Camaro made a charge in the latter part of the 200-lap race to finish 12th.
Points Leader … For the fifth consecutive week, Dillon and the No. 3 team hold the XFINITY Series driver points lead. Dillon has two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes.
Meet Ty Dillon … On behalf of Yuengling Light Lager, fans have the opportunity to meet Dillon this Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Roadrunner Market in Johnson City, Tenn. Immediately following, grab a slice of pizza and a cold Yuengling with Dillon beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom on 2929 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, Tenn.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
You have had some success at Bristol Motor Speedway. What’s the secret?
"I credit my dirt track racing days to my success at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s a short track that is super fast and has many different areas on the track to race. That bumping-and-grinding type of racing is what I am used to and grew up doing. Bristol is one of the most exciting race tracks on the circuit to visit because it’s an unbelievable show for the fans at an awesome venue."
Austin Dillon, No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Rheem Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 146 in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro was driven to Victory Lane by Paul Menard last year at Michigan International Speedway and earned three additional top-10 finishes in 2014.
Bristol Nuggets … The Welcome, N.C., native driver has made four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the half-mile track, collecting two top-five and two top-10 finishes. Dillon holds an average starting position of 5.2 and an average finishing position of 7.5. According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Dillon ranks fourth in quality passes (110) and is the fourth-fastest driver late in a run.
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Getting Loopy in 2015 … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Dillon holds some impressive stats so far in the 2015 season. The 24-year-old driver ranks first in the following categories: driver rating (109.7), fastest laps run (107), green-flag speed and speed by quarter. Dillon is second amongst his competitors in fastest drivers late in a run, fastest drivers on restarts and mile leaders. He also ranks third in fastest drivers early in a run and laps led (189).
Looking Ahead … So far this season, Dillon has been entered in five XFINITY Series events, collecting one victory, four top-five finishes and two pole awards. The 2013 Series champion is scheduled to compete in the next three consecutive races for RCR in the No. 33 Chevrolet.
Double Duty … In addition to Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, watch Dillon in the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bristol 500 in support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer, which airs live on FOX Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
Is the high line right up against the wall still the preferred line at Bristol Motor Speedway?
"Yeah, it seems that way. The track has changed a lot, but I hope we can get a tire that helps us move off of that wall a little bit and use more of the bottom side of the track. That would be nice. I hope the new rule package helps make us two-wide at Bristol, too."
Brendan Gaughan, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 149 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro has been utilized since August 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 149 last saw track action at Auto Club Speedway, qualifying eighth and finishing second. In four previous starts, the Camaro averages a starting position of 11.5 and a finishing position of 10.0.
Last Great Colosseum Stats … In seven XFINITY Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Gaughan has completed 1,833 laps of the 1,954 (93.8 percent) that he has competed. The Las Vegas native has earned two top-10 finishes, both in the 2014 XFINITY Series season. In March 2009, Gaughan started from the pole position. The 39-year-old driver also has eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the half mile concrete oval, earning three top-five and three top-10 finishes.
Did You Know … In the first six races of the season, Gaughan and the No. 62 RCR Chevrolet team averages a starting position of 7.3 and a finishing position of 15.0.
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Last March in Bristol… The No. 62 El Cortez Hotel & Casino Chevrolet qualified in the 20th position making minimal adjustments throughout the 300-lap event. Gaughan broke into the top-10 early in the race and stayed there for the remainder of the race. Gaughan took the checkered flag in the seventh position.
In the Rearview Mirror: Texas …. On Friday, Gaughan qualified 12th for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The South Point Hotel & Casino team battled tight-handling conditions for the majority of the 200-lap event. Gaughan visited pit road early in the race because of a tire going down. By lap 100 the team had rebounded, returning to the lead lap and inside the top five. Gaughan’s night ended early when he was collected in an on-track incident when a competitor cut a tire. The No. 62 RCR team finished the night with a 33rd-place finish.
To the Points … Gaughan is currently eighth in the driver point standings as the XFINITY Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Bristol Motor Speedway?
"Bristol is another one of those tracks that I love. Last year, we ran the El Cortez Chevrolet there when my grandfather passed away and we almost had a shot to win that thing. We were really good and brought home a solid top-10 finish. We are going to go back there and hopefully do the same thing.
Explain the racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"It has a high groove and a bottom groove that you can run. It is easier to pass then in past years. The new Bristol is a phenomenal race track because it is no longer a wreck fest. You can pass people and run side by side. It is probably one of the most fun short tracks that I have raced at."