RCR Event Preview – Michigan International Speedway / Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway … In 173 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, RCR teams have earned three wins, two with Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990) and one with Kevin Harvick (August 2010). Additionally, RCR has claimed 25 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, who recorded top-10 finishes at MIS in June 1978 and August 1979.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,965 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,073 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

Interactive RCR … For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR’s corporate Twitter page – @RCRracing – along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page – @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @TylerReddick and @DanielHemric. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages –  http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/DanielHemric.

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Catch the Action … The Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised live Sunday, August 11 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Chevy Accessories Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Michigan International Speedway … In 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, Dillon boasts two top-five and four top-10 finishes. He is a former winner at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

About Chevrolet … Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Meet Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to participate in a Q&A session on the Team Chevy Stage in the fan midway at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 11 at 11 a.m. ET

You ran well at Michigan International Speedway in June. What was the biggest takeaway with this new package?
“We had a strong Chevy at Michigan International Speedway in June. We had great opportunities to run inside the top-five and top-10. We won a Stage and I thought we had a solid, top-five car but I tried to make a move to the outside and when I made it three-wide I got a little too high. The No. 24 car finished me off there. I thought I had it saved, but he got in my left rear. This time around, there will be traction compound in that same area, which will help the racing. I’m excited about going back to Michigan International Speedway. We have that circled as one of those places where we can capitalize.”
Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Michigan International Speedway … Hemric will be making his second NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway during this weekend’s 400-mile event. During his first Cup Start at the 2-mile, D-shaped oval, Hemric started 11th and finished 12th, earning points in Stage 2. Hemric also has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Michigan, finishing second in June 2018.

About Bass Pro Shops … Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.” Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit www.basspro.com/.

NASCAR YouTube Tour … Hemric is slated to give a 10-minute behind-the-scenes look at the NASCAR garage area and how the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops team is wrapping up opening practice and preparing for qualifying on the NASCAR YouTube Channel on Friday, August 9. The video will be posted to NASCAR’s YouTube Channel throughout the race weekend.

Meet the Driver … Hemric is scheduled to be at the Richard Childress Racing merchandise hauler located in the Michigan International Speedway fan midway area to sign autographs on Sunday, August 11, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.

We were just at Michigan International Speedway a few weeks ago and you recorded a 12th-place finish in that event. What can you take from what was learned that weekend to apply to this weekend’s event?
“The last Michigan race was probably a turning point for us as a company. We thought we had all the potential there to perform like we did at Pocono Raceway. Now knowing how far our cars have come in the weeks since, I’m excited to get back to Michigan. I know where our cars did well and the direction we took to improve, so I’m looking forward to applying those lessons to our race weekend at Michigan.”
Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course … In 22 Series starts at the 2.4-mile road course, RCR has accumulated eight top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes, one pole award, led 72 laps and averages a starting position of 10.8 and finishing position of 11.5. The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has completed 1,742 laps of the 1,752 (99.4 percent) that they have competed.

Watkins Glen Review … Tyler Reddick picked up his 15th top-five finish of the year when he placed fifth in Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen International.

The Points … Tyler Reddick remains the current Xfinity Series points leader.

Social Media … To keep up with the latest updates from RCR’s Xfinity Series teams, follow @RCRracing and @RCRNXS on Twitter. Updates can also be found via RCR’s Facebook Page and Instagram (@RCRracing).

Catch the Action … Coverage of this week’s Mid-Ohio 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be televised live on Saturday, August 10, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on NBCSN. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course … Tyler Reddick has one previous NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but a wreck last year took him out of the race early.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital … Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Meeting with Patient Champions … Reddick is scheduled to visit with Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient champions on Thursday, August 8. Reddick will tour portions of the hospital, meet with patients and hold a Hot Wheels race with them during his visit.

Tune In … Reddick is a scheduled guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday, August 9, at 12 p.m. ET. He plans to talk about his visit to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and preview his weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Meet Reddick … Fans at Mid-Ohio can meet Reddick when he takes part in the Xfinity Series autograph session on Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m. ET.

What are your thoughts as you head to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the second of three road course races for the Xfinity Series this month?
“Last year, the race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was one of my favorite ones of this stretch. I just don’t have the result to show for it. Turn 1, the hairpin turn and keyhole are challenging but the rhythm section of the track was something I really enjoyed. You’re not braking too hard or getting on the gas too hard in that section but instead finessing the car around the track. I feel really good about that back half of the track. I just need to continue to improve on the first couple of turns of that course this year. I feel like last year I could have earned a top five finish and maybe even contended for the win, but instead I ended up with rear end damage and had a tire go down. We ended up breaking an axle. I’m actually really looking forward to going back to Mid-Ohio this weekend and redeeming myself.”

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