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2013 Phoenix: Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Feb 27, 2013 - 08:30 AM
2013 Phoenix: Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Phoenix International Raceway ... In 41 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Phoenix International Raceway, RCR has three wins at the one-mile track, with Elliott Sadler notching a win in March 2012, Clint Bowyer bringing the organization to the Winner's Circle in April 2007 and Kevin Harvick doing so in April 2006.


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By the Numbers ... RCR has started Nationwide Series races at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole position with two different drivers -Bowyer in November 2007 and Harvick in November 2003. The organization has 19 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes at the track.

Averages ... RCR boasts an average starting position of 13.7 and an average finishing position of 12.4 among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at Phoenix International Raceway. RCR drivers have completed 98.5 percent of the laps attempted at the one-mile track (8,098 of 8,225 laps), with 539 laps led.

RCR in the NNS ... In 870 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts over the course of the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 298 top-five finishes, 490 top-10 finishes and 42 pole awards, with an average starting position of 12.2 and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver points championships in 2001 and 2006 with Harvick and in 2008 with Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer. The Starting Line-up ... New to the RCR lineup, Brian Scott (No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet) joins 2012 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year Austin Dillon (No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet) in competing fulltime for RCR in the Nationwide Series this season. Kevin Harvick is driving the No. 33 Rheem Menards Chevrolet at PIR this weekend.

Sporty New Look ... The RCR Nationwide Chevrolets had an all new skin at Daytona International Speedway as the Camaro, the top-selling sports car in America, made its series debut in the DRIVE4COPD 300. The Camaro Nationwide race car incorporates many of the distinctive styling elements of the production Camaro, including the unique power-bulge hood, deep recessed grille, distinctive halo light rings, dual-port grille appearances and the gold bowtie.

Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news and information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3ADillon and @RCR33NNS, RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3 and @KevinHarvick, and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick.

Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Dollar General 200 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, March 3 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.

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