TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
OCTOBER 14, 2018
For the eighth consecutive season, Chevrolet has partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC). This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Chevrolet will host 25 breast cancer survivors and guests on Saturday morning for hospitality and an activity. They will then join Team Chevy driver’s Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman for pace car rides in specially designed pink Chevrolet Camaro SS pace cars.
For every caution lap the pink Chevrolet Camaro SS paces the field at Talladega Superspeedway and at Martinsville Speedway, Chevrolet will contribute $350 per lap (up to $50,000).
Chevrolet is also running a social media campaign in support of the American Cancer Society’s MSABC program. Throughout the month of October, every time #IDrivefor is used on Twitter and Instagram, Chevrolet will contribute $5 to the MSABC program (up to $400,000).
CHEVY HISTORY MINUTE:
Chevrolet has a rich history at Talladega Superspeedway. Long-time Chevrolet ambassador, Dale Earnhardt leads almost all statistical categories at the 2.66-mile track. Earnhardt holds the record for most wins with 10, most top-fives with 23 and most top 10’s with 27 to his credit.
TIED FOR THE TOP:
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Hendrick Motorsports have campaigned the Chevrolet brand within their race teams since the inception of each organization. Chevrolet has enjoyed a 49-year relationship with RCR and a 35-year partnership with Hendrick Motorsports. Both organizations have found immense success at Talladega Superspeedway, where they are currently tied for the top spot on the all-time win list with 12 victories each.
Last weekend at Dover International Speedway, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver, Chase Elliott earned Team Chevy their third victory of the 2018 season when the 22-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver captured his second career win. The victory moves Elliott into the Round of 8, the next segment of the 2018 Playoffs, and keeps his and Chevrolet’s championship hopes alive. Camaro ZL1 drivers, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman are currently below the cutoff line heading into Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, but a win at the 2.66-mile superspeedway could move either of these drivers on to the Round of 8.
The 1000Blubs.com 500 is scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm, ET. Live coverage can be found on NBC, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Chevrolet has won 39 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships
Team Chevy drivers have scored 777 wins and 699 poles in MENCS competition
Chevrolet drivers have won 40 of 98 races at Talladega Superspeedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Camaro ZL1, has gone to Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway twice (’06 & ’11)
Jamie McMurray, No. 1 DC Solar Camaro ZL1, has two wins at Talladega Superspeedway (’09 & ‘13)
A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway 35 times
Team Chevy drivers have scored 187 top-five and 354 top-10 finishes at Talladega Superspeedway
A Chevrolet has led laps 7,766 (41.1% of possible 18,880 laps) at Talladega Superspeedway
FOR THE FANS:
Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display in the Fan Midway area at Talladega Superspeedway
Fans can check out great a great assortment of Chevrolet vehicles including: 2019 Corvette,2019 Trax Premier, 2019 Tahoe RST, 2019 Colorado ZR2, 2019 Bolt EV, 2019 2500 HD Tribute, 2019 Traverse Redline, 2019 Silverado 1500 LD Double, 2018 Silverado 1500 Crew HC, 2019 Equinox, 2019 Cruze Hatchback Premier, 2018 Malibu, 2018 Camaro ZL1
At the Chevrolet Display, fans can view the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Camaro ZL1 show car and the 2018 Camaro ZL1 race car show car and matching Camaro ZL1 pace car, as well as, a fully accessorized Camaro 2SS 1LE.
Also, on display is a Chevrolet R07 racing engine complete with electronic fuel injection. Fans can also see a sample of engines, parts and accessories available for purchase from Chevrolet Performance at their local Chevrolet dealer
Other activities at the Team Chevy Racing Display include a variety of interactive games for adults and kids
TEAM CHEVY QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS AT THE DISPLAY:
Friday, October 12th
2:15 p.m. – Tyler Dippel
3:00 p.m. – Justin Haley and Spencer Gallagher
Sunday, October 14th
9:35 a.m. – Jamie McMurray
9:45 a.m. – Austin Dillon
9:50 a.m. – William Byron
10:20 a.m. – Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson
10:35 a.m. – Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty
Chevrolet Display Hours of operation: Fri. Oct. 12th– 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 13th – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun. Oct. 14th– 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CHEVROLET DRIVERS IN PLAYOFF CONTENDERS:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA NIGHTVISION LAMPS CAMARO ZL1 – 5TH IN STANDINGS
“Oh, huge [to know we are locked into the next round of the Playoffs heading into Talladega] I mean, I think it’s nice to be able to know you’re going to move on, but you can’t get complacent in the fact that you are moving on, and you can’t let those points just sit out there and not try to go get them because those bonus points you get for winning or winning a stage or winning a race or whatever, that’s huge, and you need as many as you can get. One or two points could be the difference in you making the round of four or not. Just knowing that and not being complacent with the win and trying to go get another one or two before it starts I think is important.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1 – 11TH IN STANDINGS
“I was really hoping to be headed into Talladega with a cushion in the point standings, but unfortunately we’ll be headed there with some work to do to get above the cut line. Talladega is a tough place to be needing a good day, because anything can happen there. Our Chevy’s have been showing better speed at the superspeedway tracks, and hopefully we have better luck than we did in the spring at Talladega when we exited the race early. My team has done a good job the last couple weeks hanging in there and making the most out of bad situations, so hopefully that perseverance continues to pay off this weekend. We just need to go in there and try to stay out of trouble, and see the checkered flag.”
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CAMARO ZL1 – 12TH IN STANDINGS
ON IF HE AND THE NO. 88 TEAM FEEL LIKE TALLADEGA IS A TRACK THEY CAN SHINE AT GIVEN THEIR TRACK RECORD AT PLATE TRACKS IN 2018:
“Yes and no, I mean you are still at the mercy of everybody else’s race and everybody else’s mistakes. I think we can go there and run really well, but you kind of never know. It’s kind of just like hold it to the mat and hang on. Hopefully, we stay out of trouble. We will just have to wait and see.”
CHEVROLET DRIVERS NOT IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PRO’S CAMARO ZL1 – 14TH IN STANDINGS
“It’s unfortunate what happened to us at Dover – definitely a first for me – and I’m just glad the part broke when it did. It was amazing the team was able to fix what they needed to in just 10 laps. I was so stoked to see Chase (Elliott) win – I’m really happy for (No. 9 team crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) and that team. Talladega is going to be a survival race for a lot of people with playoff hopes, we are going there – and every race from here on out this season – to win. We have no pressure right now.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CAMARO ZL1 – 21ST IN STANDINGS
“Survival is the first word that comes to mind about racing at Talladega. Although I have been fortunate enough to win at Talladega a couple of times, superspeedway racing is not my favorite. There are so many unknowns and just things out of your control that can happen in a split-second. Hopefully we can have some luck on our side and be in contention at the end of the day”.
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 HERTZ CAMARO ZL1 – 22ND IN STANDINGS
“Talladega is kind of a wildcard race; you can’t control a lot. Hopefully you go there and try to maximize your skills on those tracks, and just stay in the game the whole race. That’s very important. We’ll try to do that – stay in it the whole race and then see what we can do from there.”
CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 BUSH’S CHILI BEANS CAMARO ZL1 – 23RD IN STANDINGS
“Talladega Superspeedway is always a wild car race. The lanes are so much wider than racing at Daytona International Speedway, so your strategy is a little bit different as well. There are races where the high line works better than the bottom lane, and then there are races where the bottom rolls much better. And then, we’re four or five-wide getting into the turns. It’s an iconic racetrack with its history in NASCAR, and it always has an awesome atmosphere to race in, especially in the fall race. I’ve enjoyed working with AJ (Allmendinger) and having a teammate that I can race with at these plate races. It really helps to have that teammate that can be on your side at the end. It’s all about survival at Talladega, and we have everything to gain these last six weeks of the season. We’re running one of my favorite paint schemes with the bright BUSH’S® Chili Beans Camaro ZL1, and you definitely won’t be able to miss us on the track. I feel like that helps at these races!”
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1 – 24TH IN STANDINGS
“I have a very love/hate relationship with Talladega Superspeedway. I’ve had some races where we’ve run up front, and then I’ve had some races where I’ve been upside down on the backstretch. It’s truly a race where anything can happen. We’ve found success in a strategy where my teammate and I work together throughout the race, and that’s been really helpful to have a teammate that I can work with. Talladega is so wide, we can get five-wide throughout the corner really easily. I’m looking forward to our last restrictor-plate race of the season. Anything can happen at Talladega, and we don’t have anything to lose in our Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1. I’m looking forward to finishing out these last six races strong.”
DARRELL ‘BUBBA’ WALLACE, NO. 43 MEDALLION BANK/PETTY’S GARAGE CAMARO ZL1 – 27TH IN STANDINGS
“We look at two races that Richard Petty Motorsports can do big things. The first is here at Talladega and the other is Martinsville. I look at our speedway program, and we have had fast Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s this year at Daytona and Talladega. I felt like in all three races that I could have won. We finished second at Daytona and 14th in July with damage. In April at Talladega, I felt like we had a car capable of winning, but we got caught up in a wreck. I think if we’re that in the end on Sunday, we’ll have a good shot. I have confidence that we can make a good run at it on Sunday.”
TY DILLON, NO. 13 GEICO CAMARO ZL1 – 28TH IN STANDINGS
“There’s no doubt that superspeedway racing is physical, but it is way more of a mental challenge. I’ve been more exhausted after superspeedway racing than anywhere else. My body doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything extraordinarily physical, but I’m mentally drained. Staying mentally engaged to so many details around you that are constantly changing for four hours is the toughest game of them all. The fall Talladega is especially challenging because it’s a Playoff race and very intense. We may not be in the Playoffs, but we do have to survive. This is an opportunity to score a lot of points and build some upward momentum even with the season coming to a close.”
REGAN SMITH, NO. 95 PROCORE CAMARO ZL1
“Talladega is one of my favorite places to race at because I enjoy drafting on the speedways. I’ve had some success at Talladega, so that’s always nice and gives you a little confidence going into the weekend. A lot of this weekend is purely about the driver and spotter because you’re going to have what you have car-wise. We always find out if some cars can lead better than others while some cars can push better than others, but you want to figure out which type of car you have in practice. Beyond that, you’re basically out there fighting for every spot you can get and putting yourself in the best aero-position that you can for the end of the race based on your car. It’s all about understanding if you have a car that is going to need to make a last-lap pass or do you have a car that can lead and manipulate the draft so that you know where you want to be when we take the white flag. I don’t have a preference when it comes to coming up with a game plan for where to run during a race at Talladega. I’ve wrecked riding around in the back, I’ve wrecked racing in the front, I’ve made it through races riding in the back, and I’ve made it through races riding in the front. You really just have to see how the race is playing out honestly. If it looks like it’s going to be a calm and tame race, then you could get caught a lap down very easily there in a matter of 15 laps, so you need to play your cards right. Some of it is a feel thing and we might not even know how things are going to change as the race goes along, so Talladega involves being able to go with the flow and adapting.”
Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Statistics
Total (1949 – 2015): 39
First title for Chevrolet: 1958
Highest number of consecutive titles: 13 (2003-2015)
Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Total (1949 – 2016): 31
First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)
Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005 – ’11)
Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
Record for total race wins in single season: 26 – (in 2007)
Laps Led: 1,314
Top-five finishes: 33
Top-10 finishes: 87
CHEVROLET IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:
Total Chevrolet race wins: 778 (1949 – to date)
Poles Won to Date: 699
Laps Led to Date: 232,115
Top-Five Finishes to Date: 3,965
Top-10 Finishes to Date: 8,155
Total NASCAR Cup wins by Corporation, 1949 – To-Date
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