2014 Martinsville: Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Event: Duck Commander 500
Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Texas Motor Speedway ... In 77 starts at Texas Motor Speedway dating back to 1997, RCR has recorded one win (Jeff Burton, April 2007), eight top-five and 29 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green and Paul Menard. Prior to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural season in 1997, Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR's top division, earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the now defunct Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams boast a 20.5 average starting position, a 16.3 average finishing position and have completed 24,925 of the 25,751 contested laps (96.8 percent) with 139 laps led at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth-based race track.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,399 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 44 pole awards, 105 wins, 450 top-five finishes and 952 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90,'91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
The Collective RCR ...Throughout the season's first six races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Austin Dillon at Daytona International Speedway in February. Collectively, the organization has notched one top-five and six top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank ninth (Dillon), 10th (Newman) and 11th (Menard) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR Martinsville Rewind ... In the Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, teammates Menard, Dillon and Newman finished 10th, 15th and 20th, respectively.
#NASCARGreen ... All Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets this weekend will sport a green windshield header in support of NASCAR's Race to Green Initiative. For more information about NASCAR's efforts in sustainability, visit NASCAR.com/green.
Save Kids' Lives by Joining the Childress Champions ... Help support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma by selecting your favorite driver when making a bronze level donation of $33 (Austin Dillon), $27 (Paul Menard) or $31 (Ryan Newman) to CIPT. To make a tax deductable donation, visit: https://www.wakehealth.edu/OnlineGift.htm?fid=45. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit www.InjuredKids.org.
Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Sprint Cup Series team Twitter pages - @RCR3ADillon, @RCR27PMenard, @RCR31RNewman, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @RyanJNewman.
No. 3 Dow Powerhouse Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Dow Powerhouse Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 465 in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
Dillon at Texas Motor Speedway ... Dillon has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit at Texas Motor Speedway, earning finishes of 33rd and 22nd in 2013. In four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Dillon has not finished worse than sixth at the 1.5-mile track, acquiring his best finish of third in April 2013. In four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Texas, Dillon has earned two top-five finishes, one pole award and has led 76 laps, earnning a third-place average starting position and a 14th-place average finish position.
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Are You Green? ... Dillon will be supporting #NASCARGreen by sporting a Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle paint scheme this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles are a revolutionary innovation in sustainability, protecting your home as a roof while generating electricity with energy from the sun. That's why NASCAR, which has the largest sustainability program in all of sports, is a great place with see Powerhouse. The shingles are also one of the most aesthetically attractive options in the solar industry. Dillon has been vocal about the #NASCARGreen initiative, and is encouraging fans to participate by planting a tree and taking energy conservation steps in their own homes. See how by visiting NASCAR.com/green.
Get to the Points ... Dillon is ninth in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway, 48 markers behind current leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
The Season So Far ... Dillon started off his rookie campaign in the Sprint Cup Series with a pole award in the 56th running of the Daytona 500, making him the youngest polesitter in Daytona International Speedway history in the Sprint Cup Series. He earned a ninth-place finish in the "Great American Race." From there, the Series traveled to Phoenix International Raceway where Dillon finished 24th, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he posted a 16th-place finish. He has earned back-to-back 11th-place finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. He finished 15th at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
#ALLin Challenge ... Dillon is asking fans whether they are #ALLin for a new and exciting challenge every Wednesday on his Twitter account, @austindillon3. From capturing an "awkward hug" via video to submitting your best "poker face" photo to helping crew chief Gil Martin's son Ford find a date for his upcoming prom, each challenge is unique and the winner, as voted on by Austin, wins race tickets or unique memorabilia. Follow @austindillon3 on Twitter every Wednesday for the #ALLin Challenge.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on running at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?
"I've been to Texas Motor Speedway a few times. I was fast there in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car last year, so I can't wait to get there. Our Las Vegas Motor Speedway run should lay over to Texas Motor Speedway for qualifying and hopefully, we can better ourselves for the race. It's a fast, rough track and I enjoy those."
How does Texas Motor Speedway compare to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and other 1.5-mile tracks?
"Each mile-and-a-half track has a little bit of a different character. Texas Motor Speedway is similar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with less banking, but you're still carrying tons of speed. Turns three and four at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway are very similar. Turns one and two at Las Vegas have more banking."
No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 this weekend at the 1.5-mile oval in Ft. Worth, Texas. This Chevrolet SS was last used at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year where Menard scored a third-place finish.
Through the Career ... Menard is making his 261st-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Sunday. During that span, the native of Eau Claire, Wisc. has one victory, 11 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes to his credit. He also has one Pole Award.
How We're Doing in 2014 ... To date, Menard has earned one top-five finish, three top-10s, led 35 circuits and completed 99 percent (1,968 of 1,988) of the laps contested through the first six races. During that span, he and the No. 27 Chevrolet SS team have moved from 30th to 11th in the driver's points standings.
Texas Time ... Through 15 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Paul Menard has achieved one top-five, two top-10s and two laps led. He's completed 4,835 of 5,021 laps (96.3 percent) contested with an average start of 19th and a 20.6 finishing average. Menard's best start of fourth was achieved twice (Nov. 2011 and Nov. 2013). His best finish of fifth was in April 2011.
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Race Rewind ... In this race last year at Texas Motor Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet SS from the fourth position and finished in 15th place.
One Week Ago ... Last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, Menard started 21st and raced to his third top-10 finish in 2014 with a hard-fought 10th place. Aided by his second-consecutive top-10 result, he moved up three more positions to 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Texas Motor Speedway?
"What can you say about Texas Motor Speedway that hasn't already been said in regards to how fast it is around that place? We're going to need a good set-up under our Quaker State Chevrolet to get through the turns and great horsepower from ECR Engines to be successful. Our 1.5-mile track program has been getting better and better since late last year. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend at Texas and keep our momentum going in the right direction."
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
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This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Texas Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 456 in Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 456 was raced on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Newman qualified 10th and finished seventh.
Texas Two Step ... Newman is looking to capture his second-career victory at the 1.5-mile quad-oval when he makes his 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the Fort Worth, Texas venue. His win came in the spring of 2003 making him the youngest Texas winner at 25 years, 3 months and 22 days. The Rocket Man also won the pole for both Sprint Cup Series events in 2005 to complete the sweep. In total, he owns three top-five and five top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 17th and average finish of 19th. When calculating points earned through the last 10 races at TMS, Newman ranks 10th in most championship points earned.
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Point of Interest ... Newman ranks 10th in the championship point standings entering the seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of 2014.
Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman started 31st and rallied back from being a lap down to the leader to finish 10th.
Where's Ryan? ... On Sunday, Newman is scheduled to participate in a RC car race challenge at the Oral-B/Prilosec OTC display in The Garage Party located in the TMS Nationwide Series garage. Fans can cheer him on starting at 11:10 a.m. Central Time.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts on Texas Motor Speedway?
"Texas Motor Speedway is a good track race-wise. It provides drivers with a lot of options. You can move around and find a line that your car responds to and it's really versatile so you can get around somebody. It's also fast- really fast - so aero is also an important part of it and it's nice to have that ability to move around. With it being one of the older tracks on the circuit asphalt-wise, the racing will be good for both the drivers and the fans watching in the stands and on television."
What is your opinion on lowering the horsepower of Cup engines?
"I do not want to see our horsepower lowered. It's nice to have the driver play an important part in making the race car handle. That is what the right foot is for. If we start holding it wide open, then anybody can come out here and drive. Instead of lowering horsepower, I believe we should take the downforce off the car so it requires the driver to pedal the car. To me, it's like watching drag racing. The best drag races are when it's a pedal fest ... the guys are spinning and smoking the tires. I think we should have that ability too. I hope nothing changes."
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Texas Motor Speedway ... In 48 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has led 812 laps and won five races. RCR has accumulated 17 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. The team has an average starting position of 10.9 and an average finishing position of 11.7 in their Nationwide Series starts at TMS.
NASCAR Race to Green ... NASCAR Green has become one of the most powerful environmental awareness platforms in the country. The Race to the Green initiative will run from March 29 to April 29. Fans can visit www.NASCAR.com/Green and donate a dollar to plant a tree in an area of need. Be sure to follow @NASCARGreen and share your green activities using #NASCARGreen.
Auto Club Rewind ... In the TREATMYCLOT.COM 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan posted eighth, 12th and 15th place finishes, respectively.
Get to the Points ... Richard Childress Racing's three full-time Nationwide Series drivers remain inside the top-10 of driver championship point standings. Ty Dillon leads the RCR drivers ranking third, Brendan Gaughan sixth and Brian Scott seventh heading into this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Social Media ... To stay on track with the latest news, 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.
Coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 ... Coverage of this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live on Friday, April 4, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will also be broadcast live on PRN and SiriusXM channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro will race chassis No. 129 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott finished seventh in the team's first intermediate race this season and has a solid notebook on the series most popular type of race track heading into the 1.5-mile track. This chassis has finished 12th or better in four out of five previous races it has been utilized. Scott earned an eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last November.
Scott at Texas Motor Speedway ... Scott will be making his ninth start this weekend in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. In eight previous starts, Scott has captured two top-10 finishes with an average start of 12.5 and an average finish of 18.4. Scott has completed 1455 of 1605 laps (90.7 percent), with two laps led at the 1.5-mile speedway.
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What are your points? ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Camaro team enter Texas Motor Speedway seventh in the Nationwide Series driver point standings.
Rearview Mirror ... Brian Scott and his No. 2 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet Camaro qualified ninth for the TREATMYCLOT.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22. Scott was a contender for the race win early on as he battled inside the top 10. The Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet battled with the front-running contenders, but lost track position as tight conditions through the corners continued. Scott fought hard for the remainder of the race and collected a 12th-place finish.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about racing at Texas Motor Speedway?
"Texas is a great track that has a lot of character. It's kind of progressing into an Atlanta. You have a ton of tire fall off, the grip goes away, and you need a good handling Camaro, but it's also really fast. It's an interesting place. I normally am fast there, but there are certain parts of Texas where the track and I haven't connected. I'm always excited about it, it's a fun race track. You can kind of race anywhere and since we were strong in Las Vegas, we're excited to go to Texas."
How much did you learn at Las Vegas (1.5-mile track) that you can carry over to Texas Motor Speedway?
"You always have little tweaks, but for the most part you kind of get a mile and a half program you like, settle in on it and not make a lot changes. You have to change for bumps and tires and travels a little bit, but it all stays pretty close."
No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 136 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, the second time the chassis is scheduled to race in 2014. Dillon previously piloted No. 136 to an 11th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, after qualifying on the pole. The chassis was raced last November at TMS by Austin Dillon and finished fifth.
Dillon at Texas Motor Speedway... Last November Dillon notched his third-career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the 100th overall victory for Richard Childress Racing's legendary No. 3 car, after leading 130 of 147 laps. In addition to one victory in the Lone Star State, Dillon has three top fives and one top-10 finish. He also made one Nationwide Series start last fall in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro and finished 12th.
Stockman and the Lone Star State ... Although he has never recorded a victory at Texas Motor Speedway, crew chief Danny Stockman has finished inside the top-five four of the last six times he's been on top of the pit box. Stockman, a two-time championship winning crew chief with RCR (2011 NCWTS, 2013 NNS), is in his fourth full-time season. This is his first full season with driver Ty Dillon.
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Last time out at Auto Club Speedway ... Dillon drove the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to its fourth top-10 of the season, finishing eighth. The No. 3 team remained inside the top-10 for the entire race despite battling tight conditions and tire wear on long, green flag stretches. On the race's final restart on lap 134, Dillon held on to eighth-place in his career debut at Auto Club Speedway.
What's your points? ... Dillon remaind third in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, trailing the leaders by only six points. Also competing for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title, Dillon currently sits in second place with 64 points - three points behind leader Chase Elliott.
Media availability... Ty Dillon is scheduled to be available for questions in the media center on Thursday, April 3 at 3:45 p.m. CST. Dillon is competing in his first full-time season in the Nationwide Series.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are you looking forward to when getting back to TMS?
"Winning again. We got a win there last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which was one of our top moments of 2013. I love going there, it's definitely one of my favorite tracks. Hopefully, we can carry the mentality and that confidence from last season at Texas Motor Speedway over to the Nationwide Series. Danny and I have worked really well together in the first few races, so we should be able to pick up where I left off last November and be a contender for the win."
DANNY STOCKMAN QUOTE:
You have finished inside the top-five four of the last six times at TMS, what is it about the track you like the most?
"Those are pretty cool numbers when you think about it. It's definitely one of my favorite race tracks. It goes along with the theme 'everything is bigger in Texas' and we're looking forward to going there. I think our 1.5-mile program is one of the top in the sport. Having a driver that is comfortable at that sort of track makes it fun to compete at a place like Texas Motor Speedway."
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro
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This Week's South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway... Brendan Gaughan will drive chassis No. 130 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. This chassis was previously piloted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 2013, chassis No. 130 was utilized by Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland Speedway in September and by Paul Menard at Kansas Speedway in October, who both brought home top-10 finishes.
Lone Star State Stats... The South Point Hotel & Casino driver will make his fifth start at Texas Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series Friday night. Gaughan has had success at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; he holds a two-year unbeaten streak of four consecutive victories in 2002 and 2003 and leading 207 laps in 19 starts. He's also accrued nine top five and nine top-10 finishes.
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To the Points ... Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro are sixth in driver point standings in the Nationwide Series leading into the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
In the Rearview Mirror: Auto Club Speedway ... Gaughan qualified 10th for the TREATMYCLOT.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. The No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro drove to a 15th-place finish.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What did you learn at Las Vegas that you can bring to the Texas Motor Speedway?
"You can always learn from 1.5-mile tracks. Our goal for Texas is to unload off the hauler and be really good, so we have plenty of time to fine tune our Chevrolet. We are going to take a little different setup then what we had at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During the race in Vegas we needed a lot of changes during the first run. After we were able to come in and make some adjustments, the car was very fast and that is what we want to start the weekend off with at Texas."