RCR’s NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Chicagoland Speedway: In 27 previous Nationwide Series appearances at Chicagoland Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has four wins at the 1.5-mile track with Elliott Sadler in July 2012, Kevin Harvick in 2007 and 2005, and Johnny Sauter in 2002. RCR drivers have completed 95.6 percent of the laps attempted at the track (5,170 of 5,406), with 319 laps led.
RCR in the NNS: In 920 Nationwide Series starts over the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 310 top-five, 514 top-10 finishes and 48 pole awards with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Harvick and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner’s title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far: In the 17 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 13 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles. The organization has led 502 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points: Austin Dillon is ranked third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 12 markers, while Brian Scott is eighth, 60 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks fifth, while the No. 2 team ranks 10th and the No. 33 team ranks 13th.
Catch the Action: Flag-to-flag coverage of the STP300 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, July 21 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
Brian Scott No. 2 Fast Fixin’ Chevrolet Camaro Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Fast Fixin’ Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway: This weekend the Nationwide Series takes over Sunday afternoon racing as the series travels to the home of Jake and Elwood Blues and Chicagoland Speedway for their second standalone event of 2013. Brian Scott and the No. 2 Fast Fixin’ crew will bring chassis No.117 to the 1.5 D-shaped oval. This chassis was most recently used at Michigan International Speedway where Scott started third and finished 10th. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared machine also appeared this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Scott started third and finished ninth, and Charlotte Motor Speedway where he started fourth and brought home a 15th-place result. This chassis was run five times in 2012 with driver Elliott Sadler earning one pole award (Charlotte Motor Speedway), two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
Fast Chi-town History: The RCR driver has five starts to his credit at Chicagoland Speedway. Considered one of his best tracks on the Nationwide Series circuit, Scott has one pole award (Sept. 2011), two top-five, three top-10 finishes, along with five-laps led. His best finishes of third came in both the 2010 and 2011 events.
Racing for Dash 4 Cash: This Sunday, Scott will not only vie for the chance to drive to Victory Lane, he’ll be racing for a $100,000 bonus as part of Nationwide Insurance’s Dash 4 Cash program. With his fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Scott along with teammate Austin Dillon, Michael Annett and Brian Vickers will duke it out to take home the bonus from Nationwide Insurance.
Father in Law and Spotter: With Scott’s regular spotter, Derek Kneeland, competing in the 40th Annual Oxford 250 Nat’l Super Late Model race this weekend in Maine, the Idaho native plans to utilize the services of his future father-in-law, Bob Tracey, for spotting duties at Chicagoland Speedway. Tracey, a longtime spotter and motorsports executive, is a former spotter for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Penske Racing, earning victories with Rusty Wallace. Additionally, Tracey served as gasman for Wallace and was part of Martin Truex Jr.’s Sprint Cup Series Pit Crew Challenge winning team in 2007. Tracey was a part of the Chance2 Motorsports Nationwide Series championship team in 2004 and 2005.
See Brian at Chicagoland Speedway: The Dash 4 Cash qualifier will participate in a question-and-answer session Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Central Time as part of Chicagoland Speedway’s trackside party located at Champions Park. Sunday afternoon, Scott will participate in a fan question-and-answer session on the infield stage at Noon CT.
What makes Chicagoland Speedway different than other mile-and-half tracks the series visits? “Chicagoland (Speedway) is fast like almost every mile-and-half track we run, but the surface, banking and transitions are a little rough in turns three and four, making Chicago unique. Statistically, it’s my best mile-and-half track, we’ve always had strong runs there and I’m going back with the defending race winning team. I’m looking forward to it, I really like it.”
How important is this weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway since it’s a Nationwide Series standalone event? “All the races we’re going to right now are important, especially with the Dash 4 Cash program in progress. It’s a lot of money on the line. It’s an opportunity for normal Nationwide (Series) regulars to excel and to get to Victory Lane when there’s less (NASCAR Sprint) Cup guys in the field. We’re looking forward to it. I always circle Chicagoland (Speedway) on the calendar as a track I go to regardless of who’s in the field, I expect to run up front and contend for the win.”
-Richard Childress Racing PR