Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Dover International Speedway: In 48 previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has visited Victory Lane three times. Clint Bowyer was a two-time race winner at the track for RCR earning victories in September 2009 and September 2006, while Jeff Burton earned a win for the team in June 2006. The organization has started from the pole position four times and has 15 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes. RCR entries have completed 96 percent of laps attempted, with 653 laps led.
RCR in the NNS: In 898 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 304 top-five finishes, 503 top-10 finishes and 43 pole awards with an average starting position of 12.1 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 Kevin Harvick and in 2008 with Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner’s title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick and again in 2007 with Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far: In the 10 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. The organization has led 160 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points: Austin Dillon is ranked seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings trailing leader Regan Smith by 55 points, while Brian Scott is eighth, 63 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 33 Chevrolet team ranks sixth, while the No. 3 team ranks 10th and the No. 2 team ranks 12th.
Catch the Action: Flag-to-flag coverage of the Dover 200 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, June 1 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
Brian Scott No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway: Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 115 from Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday afternoon’s Dover 200. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway where Scott started eighth, and earned a 10th-place finish.
Winning History at The Monster Mile: The concrete one-mile oval marks the sight of Scott’s first NASCAR win. The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver claimed victory in the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event after leading the final 14 laps. Additionally, Scott has six previous Nationwide Series starts at the one-mile speedway, earning a third-place finish in this event one year ago. He also has three top-10 finishes with an average finishing position of 12.2.
Garden State of Mind for Gould: No. 2 Chevrolet team crew chief Phil Gould can call Dover International Speedway his hometown track. A native of South Brunswick, N.J., Gould grew up a race fan and even spent his younger years wheelin’ street stocks around Wall Stadium and local short tracks before making the leap to the world of NASCAR. Over his tenure with RCR, Gould earned the 2003 Nationwide Series Owners championship, as well as numerous wins as the car chief on the No. 29, including victories at Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 and a third-place finish in the Sprint Cup Chase. This year marks Gould’s first season as a crew chief, and in 10 starts he’s led the No. 2 team to five top-10 finishes.
Multi-Tasking Saturday: Scott will take his turn as media member during Saturday afternoon’s 200-lap event at Dover. The No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet driver will be ESPN’s featured in-race reporter.
Son of a NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee: Engine specialist Timmy Petty grew up around one of the most iconic racing families in history. This past week has been special for the No. 2 ECR engine specialist as his father, Maurice Petty, was announced among the newest class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Timmy joined RCR/ECR in 2006 and has worked on numerous engine programs, including Paul Menard’s 2011 Brickyard 400 win.
Race Rewind: In this event last year, Scott started from the fifth spot and finished third, a career-best Nationwide Series result at the Monster Mile.
What’s your mindset heading into this weekend at Dover International Speedway? “Having had success at Dover (International Speedway), I feel like I know the setup and feel in the car to win. Anytime you’ve won a race or had a good run anywhere, you know why you’re able to win and know what the setup was doing. No matter what type of car you’re in, you still have to know the most important parts of the race track to be good enough to beat everybody.”
With Dover International Speedway being a concrete track, how does the racing surface change as tire rubber is laid down? ”It seems to be the characteristics of concrete racetracks like Bristol Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway both do it. You have to change your driving style as the rubber continues to lay down. That’s something I feel why I’ve run so well there, the ability to recognize the changes in the track and how to adjust.”
What does it feel like to race at Dover International Speedway? “Dover International Speedway gives you the greatest sensation of speed and you feel like you’re going so fast. They have the cross over bridges in turns two and three; it just feels like a really fast track.”
Dover International Speedway is known for their unique trophy. Where is your ‘Miles the Monster’? “I have a little pool house that I converted into a bar, and that’s where Miles holds residence. I took the checkered flag and shaved it down to fit in his fists … I think it’s cool. I’m sure people have dressed him up with Mardi Gras beads after a house party or two. It’s a fun trophy. I love having it and seeing it every day to remember that first win.”
Austin Dillon No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s AdvoCare Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway: Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 109 in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. Dillon drove this Chevrolet Camaro to a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March. This Chevrolet was a workhorse for the No. 3 team on the 2012 Nationwide tour; Dillon drove it to a sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, a pair of fifth-place finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and Michigan International Speedway in June, and an 11th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. He also earned the pole award in this car at Michigan International Speedway, setting a new track record.
Dillon at Dover International Speedway: In Dillon’s lone Nationwide Series appearance at Dover International Speedway in 2012, he earned a sixth-place finish after starting 11th. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at the track in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of fourth in the May 2011 event.
The Season So Far: According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.8), ranks fourth in Laps in the Top 15 (85.8 percent), is the fifth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (10.1) and is ranked fifth in Laps on the Lead Lap (93.29 percent).
Double Duty: In addition to driving the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, Dillon is scheduled to race the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled to air live on FOX at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
What do you think about Dover International Speedway? Do you like racing on concrete? ”Dover International Speedway is one of my favorite tracks because of the physical aspect of the track. You have to muscle your way around that place. With a good car, you can really string out over a long run and gain and pass people. It’s a fast track. It’s a place that aggressive drivers like.”
They say Dover International Speedway is a place where the rubber lays down in an unusual fashion. Can you describe that? ”Over a long run, I’ve actually seen where cars can move up the track and carry some speed on the long run, so I enjoy when the track spreads out with the rubber and when it lays down and picks up because it’s like dirt racing. You’re always looking for that line. There’s a little bit of extra speed here and there with the rubber laying down and picking up.”
33 Wesco Chevrolet Camaro Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s WESCO Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway: Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 13th-place finish at Darlington Raceway earlier this season.
Dover Details: Saturday’s 200-lap affair marks Dillon’s second appearance at the “Monster Mile” in the Nationwide Series. Dillon made his first-career start in the sophomore racing division last June at the one-mile facility where he started from the third position and finished eighth.
Double Dose of Dillon: The 21-year-old driver will participate in his first double duty weekend of the 2013 season at Dover International Speedway this weekend. In addition to his racing duties with the No. 33 WESCO team, he’ll pilot his full time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry in Friday afternoon’s 200-lap event in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.
Nationwide in 2013: Dillon will share the No. 33 entry with an all-star driver line-up in 2013 under the RCR banner. The 21-year-old driver is slated for nine Nationwide Series events through the course of the 33-week schedule. In addition to the races with WESCO, Dillon will pilot the Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
This weekend’s 200-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series event will mark your fourth start in the Series this season. What are your thoughts heading into the weekend? “Dover International Speedway is a lot of fun to race. I’m lucky enough to be able to race in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series races this weekend. I competed in both events last year, and it gave me a lot of added experience. I’ll head back there this year with a little extra confidence and hopefully get the job done.”