Richard Childress Racing has eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning one victory with Austin Dillon in 2012, four top-five and five top-10 finishes. The organization also boasts an average starting position of 9.5 combined with an average finishing position of 10.2 at the 1.5-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 94.2 percent of their contested laps (1,224 of 1,299) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and led for 97 circuits.
Brendan Gaughan #2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 061 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable. Gaughan drove this Chevrolet Silverado to a second-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July after starting from the sixth position. He also raced Chassis No. 061 at Texas Motor Speedway in June, earning a fourth-place result.
Vegas Details … In 11 Camping World Truck Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Gaughan has one victory, three top-10 and five top-20 finishes. He holds a 14.5 average starting position coupled with a 19th-place average finishing position. The Las Vegas native has completed 85.8 percent (1,446 of 1,686) of the laps contested and has led for 122 laps.
Winner, winner … Gaughan is no stranger to Victory Lane in the high-rolling state of Nevada. In the Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2003, Gaughan earned the pole award and led for 106 circuits en route to his first win at the 1.5-mile track.
A Look Back … Gaughan’s last Camping World Truck Series start under the RCR banner came atBristol Motor Speedway in August where he started the 204-lap event from the 11th position. The No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino team battled handling issues throughout the majority of the race, but rallied back to the fifth position before the checkered flag was displayed to the field.
Where it All Started … The Las Vegas-native started racing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 1998 at tracks in close proximity to “The Strip.” The 2000 and 2001 K&N Pro Series West champion holds one win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes in eight combined starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the LVMS Bullring between the years of 1998 and 2002 in the Pro Series.
Just a Few More … This weekend’s Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway marks Gaughan’s fifth appearance behind the wheel of the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for RCR this season. After Saturday’s 146-lap affair, the 37-year-old driver is slated to compete in two more Camping World Truck Series races this season at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway in November.
What will it be like to race in front of a hometown crowd again? “Racing in Las Vegas has always been special to me because the people in this town have been so supportive of my family. It feels good to show up and know that the locals are really cheering for you.”
This will be your first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race since Bristol Motor Speedway in August, what are your thoughts heading into the weekend? “I’m really excited to get back behind the wheel in the Camping World Truck Series. It’s a great series to race in, and I love driving the trucks. The No. 2 team has given me fast trucks every time I’ve been in them this year.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 019 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s Smith’s 350. Dillon earned his first career Camping World Truck Series pole award with this Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. He also drove this RCR racer to a seventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in June after starting third and a 12th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July after starting from the third position.
First Timer … This week’s 146-lap event marks Dillon’s first appearance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although he has yet to make any laps at the speedway, Dillon has garnered one win, two pole awards, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 12 career Camping World Truck Series starts on tracks 1.5-mile or larger.
Points Leader … After his third-place finish last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon remains the leader of the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, leading by four points.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over driver Cale Gale.
2012 Season Recap … Throughout the course of the last 16 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has one win (Atlanta Motor Speedway), two pole awards (Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway), five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The 20-year-old driver holds an average starting position of 5.4 and a seventh-place average finishing position. He has completed 99.9 percent (2,490 of 2,492) of the contested laps and led for 112 circuits.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 16 races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the Welcome, N.C., native leads the series in the Fasteston Restarts, Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,251), Fastest Drivers Early in a Run and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (97.19 percent) categories. He ranks second in the Average Running Position (7.870), Driver Rating (102.5) and Green Flag Speed categories. Dillon has the series’ third-Fastest Speed in Traffic.With 470 Quality Passes made so far this season, Dillon ranks fourth amongst his competitors.
Rearview Mirror: Kentucky Speedway … Dillon started the 134-lap event at Kentucky Speedway from the third position and battled handling issues for a majority of the event. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called for various two and four-tire pit stops with chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues that the young driver was experiencing. Dillon took over the second position with 15 laps remaining in the event, but a tight-handling condition plagued the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team in the final stages of the race relegating them to a third-place finish.
You’ll make your first laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday during practice. What are your thoughts about this weekend never having raced here in the past? “I’m confident that we’ll have a fast truck at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway). My brother, Austin, won here in the past, and we’ll have the notes from that win to start off with on Friday when we unload. I really like racing on 1.5-mile tracks, and I’m excited to race in (Las) Vegas.”
Joey Coulter #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
This Week’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 022 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s Smith’s 350. Coulter drove this Chevrolet to his first career Camping World Truck Series win at Pocono Raceway and first career pole award at Michigan International Speedway in August.
Vegas Odds … Coulter has one previous start at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, recording a 22nd-place finish after hitting the wall in turn-four from a flat right-front tire at the midpoint of the race.
By the Numbers … With 16 races complete in the 2012 season, Coulter has collected one win, two pole awards, four top-five and 10 top-10 results. He holds an average starting position of 8.9 along with an average finishing position of 9.7 and has completed 99.0 percent (2,467 of 2,492) of the contested laps.
Going for a Loop … Coulter has earned impressive this season, and according to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the 22-year-old driver is the series’ leader in Quality Passes (528).He ranks second in Fastest Speed in Traffic, Green Flag Speed and Fastest Drivers Early in a Run. He is ranked fourth in Fastest on Restarts and Driver Rating (98.0). Coulter holds an Average Running Position of 9.974 and has run the Fastest Lap in an event 124 times, ranking him fifth and sixth, respectively,amongst his fellow competitors.
Get to the Points … Coulter is fifth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 46 points behind the leader and RCR teammate Ty Dillon.
Rewind: Kentucky Speedway … The No. 22 RCR team earned their second pole award of the season at Kentucky Speedway and led for 39 circuits en route to a fourth-place finish despite battling a tight-handling condition throughout the majority of the 134-lap event.
You’re first visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway ended in a 22nd-place finish. What are your thoughts heading into race weekend? “I struggled at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) in my first start at the track. I feel like I’ve grown and learned a lot as a driver this year and am excited to get back there and work toward a better finish. We’ve collected a few top-five finishes in the last couple of races, and my goal for Las Vegas this weekend is to add to that total.”