NASCAR Cup PR RCR Event Preview - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

RCR Event Preview – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series History at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In 68 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 Cup Series… In 2,996 NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,076 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.3. RCR has earned 16 total championships (six NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, seven 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 NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page – @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @TylerReddick. Information about the 16-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/TylerReddick.

Catch the Action … The Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, February 23 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In nine NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dillon’s best finish is fifth in 2016. He is a former winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series at the track.

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E-Z-GO … E-Z-GO is an iconic, world-renowned brand in golf cars and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV and Freedom TXT personal golf cars, E-Z-GO Express™ personal utility vehicles, and the 2Five® street-legal low-speed vehicle. Known for innovation in electric-vehicle technology, E-Z-GO’s newest offerings include the ELiTE series of lithium-ion powered golf cars and PTVs, and the company’s exclusive 72-volt AC electric powertrain found in its latest Express series vehicles. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960, and today operates as part of the company’s Textron Specialized Vehicles division.

Dillon in the Booth … Dillon is scheduled to serve as a guest analyst for FS1’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Tune in live at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What are you most looking forward to this season?
“I think what I’m most looking forward to this season is getting back out onto the track and competing for wins. I feel like we ended the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a really good run and anytime you finish the last race off with a strong finish, it makes you excited about the next season. I feel like we’ve gotten better as a group within the Chevrolet camp going into 2020 and we just want to go out there and compete strong.”

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. 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.”

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 TAME the BEAST Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Tyler Reddick will be making his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Reddick has four previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts there and won last year’s fall race at the speedway in dramatic fashion after the team gambled on a fuel mileage strategy. Reddick also has one win and two top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Truck Series at the 1.5-mile speedway.

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Meet Reddick … Reddick will be participating in a Q&A session at the Trackside Live stage on Sunday, February 23, at 9 a.m. local time.

TYLER REDDICK QUOTE:
Last time you were at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you won in the Xfinity Series. Is there anything you can take from that experience to help prepare for this weekend?
“Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a crossover between the two cars. That’s what makes the cup cars so challenging. We’ve got less horsepower and a lot more downforce, as well as a lot more competition. I do have some confidence entering the weekend though. I remember what my comfort level was when I won in the Truck Series there a few years ago, and while the cup cars aren’t quite the same as the truck, there is a little more crossover between the handling of those two. I’ll also be able to lean on the Chevrolet simulator and log some laps in a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE before we actually arrive to Las Vegas, which will help my TAME the BEAST team figure out what we’re wanting our car to be set up with. In the end, we just really won’t know what we have until we get 15 to 20 laps on our tires during the first practice session.”
Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … In 53 Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, RCR has captured four victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2004), Jeff Burton (2007), Austin Dillon (2015), and most recently Tyler Reddick (2019). The Welcome, N.C., organization has completed 9,899 laps of the 10,640 (93 percent) in which they have competed. RCR has accumulated four pole awards, 14 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes, led 620 laps and averages a starting position of 9.8 and finishing position of 12.6.

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 Las Vegas 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, February 22, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Myatt Snider and the No. 21 TaxSlayer Chevrolet Camaro at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … This weekend will mark Myatt Snider’s NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Snider has three NASCAR Truck Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with his best finish of sixth coming in September 2018.

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MYATT SNIDER QUOTES:
What kind of momentum does earning the pole at a place like Daytona International Speedway give you and your team as you start the season?
“It’s almost the best start to the season I could’ve imagined. As a team, we performed exceptionally well. We had a great pit stop and a very fast car. Derek Kneeland spotted a great race and my crew chief, Andy Street, made good calls. So, we jived together really well as a team, especially for the first race of the season. That just makes me that much more excited for Las Vegas.”

What are your expectations coming into this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
“I’m keeping them open. I believe that we’ll have another fast car, and I’ve run particularly well in the Truck Series at Las Vegas. I’m hoping that the experience translates over, but the Xfinity cars are quite a bit different than the trucks. We’re all working hard to make sure we run as best we can. I’m just stoked to be going to the next race in another fast TaxSlayer Camaro.”

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