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, including three of the last six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. 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 when NASCAR’s senior series visited the facility in October 2011. In 140 starts, RCR has four pole awards, 37 top-five, 59 top-10 finishes and has led 1,804 laps of competition.
RCR in the NSCS: In 2,300 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 102 wins, 42 pole awards, 437 top-five finishes and 918 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 Richmond Rewind … In the Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway last weekend, Harvick notched RCR’s first points-paying Sprint Cup Series victory in the Richmond 400. Burton scored his first top-five finish of the season (fifth) while Paul Menard finished 13th.
The Collective RCR: Throughout the season’s first nine races, RCR’s Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one win with Harvick at Richmond International Raceway (April), notched two top-five and eight top-10 finishes and completed 8,913 of 9,170 total laps (97 percent) with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR’s three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers are ninth (tie between Menard and Harvick) and 19th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.
Catch the Action: FOX’s live coverage of the Aaron’s 499 begins Sunday, May 5 at 12 p.m. Central Time/ 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio.
Paul Menard No. 27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet: Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 406 at Talladega Superspeedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously tested this season at Daytona International Speedway in January.
Talladega by the Numbers: Menard has 13 starts at Talladega Superspeedway. His best start of fifth took place in 2008 and 2011, and best finish of second came in 2008. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,053 of 2,472 laps attempted (83.1 percent) at the 2.66-mile track, leading 28 of them.
Consistency is Key: Menard is the only driver to have completed 100 percent of laps attempted (2,990) in 2013 Sprint Cup Series competition.
Race Rewind: Starting 17th, Menard was running third when a late-race, multi-car accident took him out of contention and relegated the team to a 17th- place finish in last year’s 500-mile event.
Menard’s Thoughts on Racing at Talladega Superspeedway: “Going into Talladega (Superspeedway) there is always an unknown factor. We need to make sure we stay out of trouble and bring home the CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS in one piece at the end. With the Gen-6 car it’s going to be hard to make moves and passes at Talladega. We’re going to have to be a little more creative with strategy and how we work the race. I’m going to have to be more patient, because you can’t just pull out and pass with the new car like you used to be able to do. Our goal this weekend is to continue to complete laps and be consistent. If we can do that and be there at the end, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
Kevin Harvick No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Budweiser Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway: Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 334 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Aaron’s 499. This is the same Chevrolet that teammate Austin Dillon drove to a 31st-place finish during the Daytona 500 this season.
Superspeedway Stats: Since 2001, Harvick has made 24 appearances at the Alabama-based facility. In those 24 starts, the RCR veteran driver has collected one win (April 2006), one pole award (May 2005) six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick has led 155 laps at the 2.66-mile track while completing 97.8 percent (4,446 of 4,548) of the laps contested.
New BUD 360° App: Budweiser is giving consumers a whole new look at what it’s like to hit speeds of 190 mph in the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS with the interactive BUD 360° app. The King of Beers’ innovative new app utilizes surround video technology to provide users with a 360-degree look inside Harvick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride as the driver completes several laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While Harvick controls the wheel, the consumer controls the view, allowing them to experience the sensation of speed in never-before-seen angles. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad users. The Budweiser Racing 360° video also is accessible on desktop computers at www.budweiser.com.
Sprint Unlimited Q&A:. Harvick will participate in a fan question-and-answer session Sunday, May 5 from 9:20-9:35 a.m. CT at the Sprint Unlimited Experience at Talladega Superspeedway.
2012 Race Rewind: Harvick and the No. 29 team came home with a 25th-place finish in the 2012 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway after being involved in a late-race, multi-car incident.
What are your thoughts heading into the race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend? “I like restrictor-plate racing, but our luck hasn’t been that great lately on that style track. Last season, we thought we were going to have a chance to win coming to the checkers during the second races of the season at Daytona (International Speedway) and Talladega (Superspeedway), but we wound up coming in on a wrecker. We just haven’t gotten the finishes we thought we would at those tracks, even though we’ve had good runs. We’re coming off a win at Richmond (International Raceway), so I’m hoping we can carry that momentum into the race this weekend.
Jeff Burton 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. 337 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet that will see its first on-track action during Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.
Career Talladega Stats: The Aaron’s 499 marks Burton’s 38th start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and 665th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has earned five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, along with 153 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.
Race Fever: Burton will take part in a question-and-answer session at the 2013 Race Fever event held on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Central Time. The 28th annual event benefits the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and is held at the SPEED Channel Dome in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. For additional and ticket information, call (256) 761-3571 or visit www.racefever.org.
Sprint Fan Vote. Vote Now, Vote Often: Fans have the opportunity to vote Burton into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 18 with the Sprint Fan Vote. The Sprint Fan Vote was launched in 2004 as a way to bring one more deserving driver into the Sprint All-Star Race to compete for the $1 million payout.
Race Rewind 2012: Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Racing team dealt with adversity at a number of points during the 2012 Aaron’s 499, but capitalized on good fortune toward the end of the race and left Talladega Superspeedway with a 10th-place finish.
Will the race this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway be like the Daytona 500? “It will be interesting to see what is going to happen at Talladega (Superspeedway). The Daytona 500 was very much a single-file race and there is a good chance that drivers will be more aggressive at Talladega. That was the calmest Daytona 500 I’ve ever been a part of and I don’t anticipate seeing that at Talladega. Eventually, I think drivers will start pushing the issue a little bit more and try to make stuff happen. Single-file racing is boring in the car and boring to watch, so I think drivers will mix it up more this weekend.”
What’s the main difference in Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway? “Talladega (Superspeedway) feels bigger and wider. It feels much longer than just the .16 mile difference that it is from Daytona. The corners are a lot wider. You don’t get quite the sensation leaving the straightaway and going into the corner with the banking. The one oddity is the bottom groove through the tri-oval is a different banking than the rest of the race track. When the track starts to lose grip, I feel like we are going to start seeing some incidents there because of the banking difference.”