RCR Event Preview – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In 66 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets have earned 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,973 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,074 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 Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

A Celebration of 50 Years … Help Richard Childress Racing celebrate their golden anniversary at RCR Fan Day at our campus in Welcome, North Carolina on Friday, October 25. The unique, one-day event is will include driver/owner autograph sessions, panel discussions with key personnel, a kids’ interactive area, pit crew demos, military interaction, shop tours and even a hauler parade to help send off our teams as they head to Martinsville Raceway. Follow RCR’s social media channels for updates regarding Fan Day and all 50th Anniversary events.

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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.

Catch the Action … The South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, September 15, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dillon’s best finish is fifth in 2016.

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Meet Dillon … Dillon will join his RCR teammates and several other drivers in the Brendan Gaughan Celebrity Bowling Classic to kick off the South Point 400 NASCAR weekend at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa on Thursday, September 12. Fans in town for the races can purchase spots in the bowling tournament for $250, a fee that includes the chance to meet and bowl with NASCAR drivers and industry celebrities while raising money for a great cause. To register, visit:

It seems like Las Vegas Motor Speedway is getting more and more worn as the years go by. How careful do you have to be with your tires there now compared to the past?
“You definitely have to take care of them. We took a car that was really good last race and qualified well but didn’t really race as well as we would have liked. I think we had a penalty that got us behind. You have to keep track position and have a car that holds on for the long run. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is becoming much more similar to Chicagoland Speedway in terms of the amount of tire wear you see. Hopefully, we can take our package that we had at Chicagoland Speedway and apply it to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”
Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in this weekend’s South Point 400. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native started fifth and finished 23rd in his first Cup start at the 1.5-mile track earlier this year. He also has three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at LVMS.

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What was your main takeaway from your first Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March?
“The biggest thing we were able to take away from the March race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was that we approached that place not very effectively. We really struggled in the race. We had a lot of speed by ourselves but could not really use it in the race. It is always fun to go to Las Vegas. I have inherited a lot of the Gaughan family fans and have a lot of support from the Gaughan family and everyone at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, so it has really felt like home there over the past few years. So, I’m looking forward to going back there this weekend to enjoy that experience, but also to take what we learned in March as a race team and organization and apply it to the No. 8 Cessna Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in this weekend’s race. We may not be in the Playoffs, but we still have our goals of going out, contending for race wins and running better at these tracks than we did earlier in the year, plus winning that Rookie of the Year title at the end of the season.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In 52 Series starts at the 1.5-mile paved oval, RCR has captured three victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2004), Jeff Burton (2007) and Austin Dillon (2015). The Welcome, N.C., organization has completed 9,699 laps of the 10,440 (92.8 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated four pole awards, 13 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes, led 590 laps and averages a starting position of 9.9 and finishing position of 12.8.
Indianapolis Review … Tyler Reddick got caught up in a late-race wreck while going for the win during Saturday’s event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing in the 30th position.

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 Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, September 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on NBCSN. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet Camaro at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Tyler Reddick has three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with his best finish of eighth coming in March 2018. Reddick led 62 laps at the 1.5-mile speedway and was racing hard for the win in the closing stage of the Xfinity Series race earlier this season, but got caught up in a wreck after contact from another competitor’s car. The current points leader also has one win (2016) and two top-10 finishes at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Truck Series.

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Meet Reddick … Fans can watch as Reddick takes part in a Q&A during NASCAR’s Trackside Live show located in the Neon Garage on Saturday, September 14, at 3:15 p.m. local time.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is getting a little bit more worn out now, as far as the track surface goes. How does that track race now versus how it used to be?
“With the harder tires we are running at Las Vegas this year, we’re still seeing tire fall-off, but the tire degradation isn’t quite the same. You can abuse the tire and be really hard on it, and never worry about having to save it for the back-half of a run. Yes, we’re moving around to find speed as the track gets hot and slick and starts to build rubber in spots which makes it like an older track, but the actual fall-off of the tire isn’t as much as we get at an older track. We’ll be fighting balance changes throughout the race, more so than tire wear, so Las Vegas is still in a transitioning spot as far as track surface goes.”

This weekend marks the last weekend of the regular season for the Xfinity Series. How is the No. 2 team feeling about the upcoming start of the Playoffs?
“We’re excited about the Xfinity Series Playoffs starting soon, but know we still have a lot of work to do this weekend and in the coming weeks to prove ourselves. We’re going to be taking it one weekend at a time. This weekend, our goal is to earn the regular season championship and lock down those 15 bonus Playoff points. It’s not going to be easy with Christopher (Bell) right behind us in the standings, but I’m confident we can do it. Earning that title and capturing those bonus points would be huge for us entering the Playoffs next week at Richmond.”

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