RCR Event Preview – Talladega Superspeedway
By Official Release On Tue, Oct. 15, 2013
Talladega SuperspeedwayRichard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Race: Camping World RV Sales 500
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Location: Talladega Superspeedway
Richard Childress Racing Leads at Talladega … Richard Childress began his driving career at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 and leads team owners for the most all-time victories at the storied Alabama-based race track with 12 wins. Dale Earnhardt visited Victory Lane nine times, while Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer swept the 2010 events at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Bowyer added to the Welcome, N.C.-based organization’s total by claiming RCR’s 100th Sprint Cup Series win in October 2011 at Talladega. In 143 starts, RCR also has four pole awards, 37 top-five, 59 top-10 finishes and has led 1,807 laps of competition.
RCR in the NSCS … In 2,366 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 43 pole awards,104 wins, 447 top-five finishes and 941 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 14 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90,’91, ’93 and ’94, five 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.
RCR Charlotte Rewind … Last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harvick captured his 17th top-10 finish of the 2013 season (sixth-place) while Jeff Burton finished 21st and Paul Menard 24th. Brian Scott finished 27th in his Sprint Cup Series debut.
The Collective RCR … Throughout the season’s first 31 races, RCR’s Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Harvick at Kansas Speedway, and collected three wins with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway in April, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and at Kansas Speedway earlier this month. Collectively, the organization has notched 12 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. Harvick is representing RCR in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is currently third in the standings. RCR’s other two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank 17th (Menard) and 20th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.
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 – @RCR27PMenard, @RCR29KHarvick, @RCR31JeffBurton and driver Twitter pages @KevinHarvick. Information about the 14-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRRacing.com along with official driver pages: www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27, www.facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick and www.facebook.com/OfficialJeffBurton.
Catch the Action … ESPN’s live coverage from Talladega Superspeedway begins Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Duracell/Menards Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 406 at Talladega Superspeedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Talladega in May and Daytona International Speedway in July. In addition, this chassis was tested at Daytona in January and April.
‘Dega Stats … Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway. His best start of fifth came in both 2008 and 2011 and best finish of second came in 2008. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,241 of 2,664 laps attempted (84.1 percent) at the 2.66-mile track, leading 29 of them.
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Race Rewind … Starting 16th, Menard was running in 12th place when he was involved in a multi-car accident on the final lap of last year’s edition of the Camping World RV Sales 500, relegating him to a 28th-place result.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Menard’s Thoughts on Racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
“Racing at Talladega (Superspeedway) is always a crap shoot. The biggest thing about racing there is trying to avoid the inevitable ‘Big One.’ We had a good run going for us last fall and then we got caught up in a final lap melee. If we can avoid trouble and keep our No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet clean this weekend, I think we’ll have a good shot to run up front on Sunday. With the Gen-6 car it’s harder to make moves and passes in restrictor-plate races. We’re going to have to use strategy to our advantage, try to start up front and stay up front.”
No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway … Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 432 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Camping World RV Sales 500. This RCR-prepared machine is new to the No. 29 team lineup and will run its first competitive laps this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Freaky Good, Freaky Fast … Jimmy John’s will adorn the hood of the No. 29 Chevrolet SS for the final time of the 2013 season when the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Alabama-based superspeedway. Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway dating back to the 2001 season. Throughout the years, the California native has made one trip to Victory Lane (April 2010). Harvick has also collected one pole award (April 2006), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has a 22nd-place average starting position paired with an average finishing position of 16.4, has completed 94.8 percent (4,493 of 4,740) of the laps contested and has 156 laps led to his credit.
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Supporting the Survivors … Harvick and RCR teammate Jeff Burton are pairing up with Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society as part of the “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” program to welcome 30 breast cancer survivors and their guests to Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. Central Time. Each guest will receive tickets to Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race, gift bags from Chevrolet and NASCAR and the opportunity to take a lap around the 2.66-mile track with Burton and Harvick in the official pink Chevrolet Camaro pace car. The RCR drivers will also be available to members of the media before the event begins at 8:40 a.m. CT.
Race Rewind … After starting from the 21st position and leading the race on four occasions in the 2012 event at Talladega Superspeedway, Harvick and the No. 29 team survived a 25-car pileup on the final lap to bring home an 11th-place finish.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTES:
Is there much of a change in drafting with the Gen-6 cars compared to the previous generations?
“This rules package is quite a bit different than what we had before. It’s harder to stay attached with this car than before, so I think the biggest difference is the cars won’t stay attached when you get to another car, it just kind of shoves the front car out there. It’s more of an old school type drafting, more like what we saw 10 to 12 years ago.”
Is there a perfect strategy for restrictor-plate racing?
“Don’t wreck. That’s the perfect strategy. How you do that I don’t know, but I’m hoping we have the luck we need to make sure that we don’t have any major issues this weekend at Talladega (Superspeedway).”
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 410 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet will see its first race action after being tested by RCR teammate Austin Dillon at NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway in January.
Career Talladega Stats … This weekend’s event marks Burton’s 39th start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and 687th-career Sprint Cup Series race. He has earned five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes along with 154 laps led at the historic track.
Featured Cat Dealers … Thompson Tractor Company Inc. and Puckett Machinery Company will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
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Talladega Walk of Fame … Fan voting has selected Burton as a 2013 inductee into the Talladega Walk of Fame. This year’s ceremony will take place at Davey Allison Memorial Park in Talladega, Ala. on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Central Time. The induction ceremony is free to the public and open to all members of the media. The Walk of Fame is both a focal point saluting NASCAR’s greatest names and a tribute to one of racing’s brightest stars; the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on a fan vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines.
Pink Pace Car Rides … Burton and Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick are teaming up with Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society as part of the “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” program to welcome 30 breast cancer survivors and their guests to Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. CT. Each guest will receive tickets to Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race, gift bags from Chevrolet and NASCAR and the opportunity to take a lap around the 2.66-mile track with Burton and Harvick in the official pink Chevrolet Camaro pace car. The RCR drivers will be available to members of the media before the event begins at 8:40 a.m. CT as will executives from Chevrolet Racing, AMS and ACS.
Race Rewind 2012 … Burton survived a multi-car accident on the final turn of the race and piloted a battered No. 31 DriveCAT.com Chevrolet to a top-10 finish in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
Are there any differences in the Gen-6 cars at restrictor-plate events like Talladega Superspeedway?
“The biggest thing is the new cars draft differently, but that’s about it. My concern at Talladega Superspeedway is missing the big wreck and getting to the end of the race with a clean car and a good finish. It’s been a horrendous restrictor-plate year for the No. 31 team. Last year, luck was on our side and we had a top-five average finishing position at places like Daytona (International Speedway) and Talladega and this year, there hasn’t been a restrictor-plate race where we haven’t been involved in a wreck. It’s really frustrating, but the fans like to see pack racing so we will figure out a strategy before the race and go with it.”
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes
Race: Fred’s 250
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Location: Talladega Superspeedway
Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at Talladega Superspeedway … Richard Childress Racing has six previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, collecting one pole award, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization holds a 6.8 average starting position, coupled with a 10.3 average finishing position and has completed 100 percent of the laps contested.
RCR’s Camping World Truck Series History … In 308 Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has collected 39 pole awards, 28 wins, 115 top-five and 188 top-10 finishes. RCR also earned the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner, and again with Austin Dillon in 2011. The organization has an average starting position of 9.3 and an average finishing position of 10.4.
Points Racin’ … With five Camping World Truck Series events remaining in 2013, Ty Dillon is third in the driver championship point standings, trailing the leader by 53 markers, while Brendan Gaughan is 10th in the standings, 124 points outside the top spot. The No. 3 team is fourth in the owner championship point standings and the No. 62 team is 13th.
Vote for Team RCR … Dillon and Gaughan are in the running for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver award. Fans can vote online at nascar.com/ncwtsmpd through Nov. 15. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced at the 2013 Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet on Nov. 18 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Fan Fest 2013… On Oct. 24, RCR will open their shop’s doors for fans across the country for Fan Fest 2013. Fans will have the opportunity to meet drivers for a special autograph session. Wristbands for the autograph session will be distributed at 9 a.m. ET on a first-come-first-served basis. RCR will also provide fans with shops tours, pit crew demonstrations and interactive displays. For more information about Fan Fest 2013, visit www.facebook.com/events/295905500548092.
Social Media …To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit RCR’s Twitter page – @RCRracing, RCR’s Camping World Truck Series team Twitter pages – @RCR3TDillon and @RCR62BGaughan. RCR’s Camping World Truck Series driver Twitter pages – @tydillon and @Brendan62.
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of the Fred’s 250 powered by Coco-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, Oct. 19 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway … Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 011 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Dillon earned the pole award with this RCR-prepared Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway last October. He has garnered three top-10 finishes with this chassis at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway last season.
Talladega Nuggets … This weekend’s 94-lap race marks Dillon’s second Camping World Truck Series appearance at the Talladega, Ala., facility. In his first Camping World Truck Series race at the track last year, Dillon earned the pole award and finished fourth, after leading for 25 circuits.
Changin’ It Up … This weekend, Dillon will sport Ducks Unlimited on his No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado. Ducks Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Founded in 1937 when a small group of sportsmen joined together to help preserve the world’s abundance of waterfowl. The group began its conservation efforts when the Dust Bowl hit North America and the great drought forced waterfowl populations to plunge to unprecedented levels. Since Ducks Unlimited began, they have helped preserve more than 12 million acres of land in North America.
Calling All Voters … NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver contest is underway. Cast your vote for Dillon at NASCAR.com/ncwtsmpd. Fans may vote once every 24 hour period until Nov. 15.
Meet the Driver … Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs at Bass Pro Shops located at 5000 Bass Pro Blvd., in Leeds, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. Central Time. The Welcome, N.C., driver will also make an appearance at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. CT for a question-and-answer session.
2013 Fan Fest … Come out to RCR’s Fan Fest 2013 on Oct. 24 and meet Dillon at 11 a.m. Eastern Time for a special autograph session. Wristbands for the autograph session will be distributed at 9 a.m. ET on a first-come-first-served basis. The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops pit crew will also be signing autographs beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.
The Outdoor World … Bass Pro Shops, one of America’s premier outdoor retailers, are projecting more than 20 new stores in areas across the United States and Canada including Seattle, Anchorage, Little Rock, Ark., Daytona Beach, Fla., and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. For more information on store locations, visit www.basspro.com.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
After having two weeks off from racing is it hard to get back into the mindset, especially at Talladega Superspeedway?
“Having any time off from racing is hard for drivers. You get going in a rhythm and carry your momentum from week-to-week, but when you have time off it takes a little extra time during practice to get back in the groove. Talladega (Superspeedway) is such a wild card race for us. Anything can happen at any moment. You just have to position yourself to be there at the end. That’s exactly what we’re going to try and do this weekend.”
No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Silverado at Talladega Superspeedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot chassis No. 053 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in the Fred’s 250. The RCR-prepared machine was most recently driven by Gaughan at Daytona International Speedway in February.
‘Dega Stats … In four Camping World Truck Series starts, Gaughan has collected one top-10 finish. The Las Vegas native holds a 28.5 average starting position paired with an average finishing position of 14th, has completed 100 percent (376 of 376) laps contested and is credited with two laps led.
South Point Hotel & Casino … Opened in December 2005, the South Point resort was the first megaresort located south of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. The facility consists of a 25 story hotel tower and 90,000 square feet convention center located on a 60 acre site along Las Vegas Boulevard in Enterprise, Nevada. South Point Hotel offers a total of 2,163 rooms and 160,000 sq. ft. meeting and convention space; the largest of any hotel in Las Vegas that is not on the Strip. For more information, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111.
A Las Vegas Did You Know … There are more than 197,144 total slot machines in the city of Las Vegas.
Meet the Press … Gaughan and team owner, Richard Childress, will be available to members of the media at 9 a.m. Central Time on Friday, Oct. 18 in the Talladega Superspeedway infield media center.
Sign Here, Please … Gaughan is scheduled to sign autographs with fellow Camping World Truck Series drivers on Friday, Oct. 18 from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Central Time at the concourse under the OV Hill South Grandstand at Talladega Superspeedway.
In the Rearview Mirror: Las Vegas Motor Speedway … After starting sixth, gambling with pit strategy and leading 15 laps, Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team finished eighth in the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
What are your thoughts on racing at Talladega Superspeedway?
“It will be fun to get back on track after a couple of weeks off. I’m looking forward to racing at Talladega (Superspeedway) this weekend. It’s a fast and smooth track, that’s really exciting to race on because you’re always wide open. I enjoy restrictor-plate racing, but it’s such a crap shoot. You can do everything in your power to have a good run only to get caught up in the ‘Big One’ and ruin your whole day. I’m hoping with the power ECR provides us, we’ll qualify well enough to be able to race up front, stay out of trouble and be there at the end to collect a solid finish.”
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