RCR Event Preview – Michigan Double Header & Road America

Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway … In 175 NASCAR Cup Series starts at the two-mile speedway, Richard Childress Racing has recorded three wins with drivers Dale Earnhardt (1987 & 1990) and Kevin Harvick (2010). The Welcome, N.C. organization has also secured 25 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes.

Richard Childress Racing at Road America … In 29 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Elkhart Lake, Richard Childress Racing scored three victories in a row with drivers Brendan Gaughan (2014), Paul Menard (2015), and Michael McDowell (2016). The Welcome, N.C. organization has also captured 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.

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Catch the Action … The NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at Road America will be televised live Saturday, August 8, beginning at 12 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

The NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised live Saturday August 8, beginning at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

The NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised live Sunday August 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Austin Dillon at Michigan International Speedway…In 15 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.

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Playoffs Bound … Dillon survived three late-race restarts at Texas Motor Speedway to earn the win in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/E-Z-GO/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, securing a spot in the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs. His teammate, Tyler Reddick, finished a strong second to create a 1-2 finish for Richard Childress Racing.

What are your thoughts on Michigan International Speedway?
“We had a strong Chevy at Michigan International Speedway last year, and I expect the same this year. I’m really looking forward to the race. Michigan is a place we’ve run well at in the past, and I think it will provide a great opportunity to gather up some points before the NASCAR Playoffs begin.”

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Michigan International Speedway … This weekend, Tyler Reddick will be making his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender won last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the two-mile speedway with crew chief Randall Burnett. Reddick also has one additional top-10 finish in the Xfinity Series, as well as one top-10 finish in the NASCAR Truck Series at the track.

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Does winning in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year with Randall Burnett give you any extra confidence headed into this weekend’s doubleheader event?
“It’s nice to be able to head to a track where you’ve won at before, but the packages between Xfinity and the Cup Series are so different that there really isn’t much crossover. I actually think the Xfinity package we ran at Michigan two years ago was more similar to our current Cup package, which was when RCR and Austin Dillon won the race in the rain-shortened event. So I’ve run a race there with a similar package, but at the same time I’ve learned no matter how similar they sound on paper, there really is nothing too similar in person between them. But there are other areas I can lean on heading into the weekend. The tire is very similar to what we ran at Texas and Kentucky, so I expect similar strategy calls for people trying to get track position. Then again, it is a two-mile track. It’s big and has a lot of grip normally. We’re going during the middle of summer though, so I’m interested to see what that means for tire fall-off and if there will be any. It’s going to be an exciting doubleheader weekend for our No. 8 Chevy Accessories team.”

This Week’s No. 21 Ruedebusch Development & Construction Chevrolet Camaro at Road America … Kaz Grala will return to the seat of the No. 21 Ruedebusch Development & Construction Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing this weekend at Road America. Saturday will mark his second start of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Grala made his 2020 debut a few weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, where he finished in the 13th position.

Success at Road America … Richard Childress Racing has achieved success in recent years at the 14 turn, 4.048-mile road course, which includes three victories in a row from 2014-2016. Last year, Kaz Grala added a top-five finish to the team’s impressive stats at Road America with a fifth-place finish.

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What makes Road America such a challenging road course?
“Road America is a tough place, and without any practice, the field is going to be in for a challenge on lap one. There are a lot of heavy braking zones and blind corners over a long four miles. It will be tricky to execute perfectly right from the drop of the green flag, and it will be crucial to stay out of the fray of others.”

Last year you finished fifth at Road America. What do you need to do this weekend to put yourself in contention to score your first win?
“Last year’s top-five finish with RCR was exciting, but we’re hungry for even more. I think we had the speed last year to contend for the win, but we got behind with track position midway through the race. I’m confident that Andy Street and the whole No. 21 Ruedebusch.com team will bring a fast Chevrolet to the track like last year. If we have a smooth day, I think we’ll have something to say about who wins this race.”

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