Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/18/14

TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 01: Team owner Richard Childress speaks to the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on November 1, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In 50 previous Nationwide Series appearances at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing leads all organizations with seven wins at the half-mile bullring, including a victory in the March 2012 race with Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team. Clint Bowyer earned RCR a win at Bristol in March 2008, while Kevin Harvick has contributed four wins for RCR with victories in March 2005, March 2003, August 2001 and August 2000. Jeff Green won in an RCR entry at Bristol in March 2002. RCR also has five pole awards at Bristol: Scott Wimmer in March 2008, Harvick in March 2006, March 2001 and August 2000, and Mike Skinner in August 2001.

Averages … RCR boasts a 10th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.7 among all Nationwide Series races the organization has contested at Bristol Motor Speedway. RCR drivers have completed 94.1 percent of the laps attempted at the half-mile track (12,042 of 12,801 laps), with 1,624 laps led. In addition to seven wins and five pole awards, RCR has earned 21 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes at the track.

Live on ESPN … Flag-to-flag coverage of the Food City 250 is scheduled to be televised on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 24 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Elliott Sadler #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet

This Week’s OneMain Financial Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team will unload Chassis No. 101 from Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend in the Food City 250. This is the sixth time the OneMain Financial team will utilize this chassis. Sadler has driven this Chevrolet to three wins at Phoenix International Raceway in March, Bristol Motor Speedway in March and Iowa Speedway in August. He also earned a sixth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway, a second-place finish at Iowa Speedway in May and two pole awards (both Iowa Speedway events).

Rollin’ into Thunder Valley … Sadler has 11 Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, earning wins in March 1998 and March 2012. He has earned one pole award (2010), four top-five and five top-10 finishes, including 161 laps led. Sadler also has experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the half-mile track with 25 starts, one win (2001), one pole award, three top-five and four top-10 finishes. Additionally, Sadler has two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with one pole award he earned last season and a best finish of ninth.

Last Time By … Under the lights at Bristol in 2011, Sadler bumped and battled around the 0.533-mile track to bring home an eighth-place finish.

Just The Stats … According to NASCAR’s 2012 Loop Data Season-to-Date statistics, Sadler leads the Nationwide Series in Average Mid-Race Position (6.9), Average Finishing Position (7.5), Average Running Position (7.5), Quality Passes (928), Percentage of Quality Passes (71.6), Laps in the Top 15 (3566) and Percentage of laps in the Top 15 (95.5). After 22 events in the Nationwide Series season, Sadler has earned four wins, three pole awards, nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes with 240 laps led.

To the Point … Sadler remains atop the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. by 22 points.

Race Rewind: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve … Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team relied on crew chief Luke Lambert’s fuel strategy in the final road course race of the season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Starting from the 17th position, Sadler came down pit road on the first lap to top off with fuel, and continued with the team’s game plan to have enough fuel for potential green-white-checkered attempts. Leading for six laps, Sadler survived two overtime attempts to cross the finish line in the fourth position.

What are your thoughts on Bristol Motor Speedway?  “I always look forward to any race at Bristol. This place means so much to me for many reasons. I was a fan here first, so getting to race a track that you grew up in the stands is something that really means a lot. The night races there, however, are something truly special. The atmosphere is just electric. I love the energy that the fans bring to Thunder Valley at night, and it creates a very different race than the day race at Bristol. I don’t think that we really know what to expect after the track was changed from the first race, but I know that it is going to be exciting.”

How does it feel to come back to Bristol Motor Speedway after your win here in March? “It is definitely a good feeling. The win at Bristol was one of my proudest moments of my career, especially because my parents were there and able to celebrate in Victory Lane with me. I think that already having a win at Bristol earlier this season under our belts helps our OneMain Financial team to be that much more confident heading into this weekend. We know that we can win there, and that pushes us to get back to that Victory Lane.”

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevrolet

This Week’s American Ethanol Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 093 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Food City 250. Dillon drove this Chevrolet to a third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, a ninth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in April and a fourth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March. This is a former Kevin Harvick Inc., chassis which was refurbished during the off season.

Dillon at BMS … Dillon has one BMS start to his credit in the Nationwide Series, posting a 12th-place finish in March after he was thwarted by a NASCAR-issued penalty for exiting pit road too fast and challenged by a loose-handling condition throughout the race. He has two starts at the half-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 17th in 2010 and 23rd in 2011.

The Season So Far … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon has completed 88.2 percent of his Laps in the Top 15, ranking him second and is ranked second in the Fastest Laps Run category with 279 laps so far this season. The Nationwide Series rookie has an Average Running Position of 9.450 in the season’s 22 contested Nationwide Series races, ranking him third among all drivers, has completed 95.69 percent of Laps on the Lead Lap, ranking him third among all competitors, maintains a Driver Rating of 102.2, ranking him third, has the fourth-fastest Speed in Traffic and has 283 Laps Led this season, ranking him fifth. He is the sixth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run, has the sixth-fastest Green Flag Speed, is fifth-Fastest on Restarts, ranks sixth in Quality Passes with 810 and is the eighth-fastest Driver Early in a Run.

Get to the Points … Dillon ranks fourth in the 2012 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing RCR teammate and current point leader Elliott Sadler by 35 points. The Welcome, N.C., driver currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.

Meet Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session for Bristol Motor Speedway season ticket holders at the Bristol Mall on Thursday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The mall is located at 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, Virginia, 24201.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Recap … No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team used fuel strategy to their advantage at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, scoring a ninth-place finish in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Dillon survived two late-race restarts and dodged several cars in front of him who slowed on the race track as they ran out of fuel in the closing laps to post a ninth-place finish, securing his first top-10 finish in Nationwide Series road course competition.

Are you excited to get back to oval racing after back-to-back road course races on the schedule? “The road course races were fun for me because there is so much for me to learn about driving on a road course, but oval racing is our bread and butter on the No. 3 AdvoCare team so I am definitely looking forward to getting back to what I know, and that’s the ovals. We are going for it all these last 11 races. I don’t think our team is really points racing. We are just going out for wins. We still have a great shot at this championship and we are there and in the hunt. We are 11 races out from Homestead-Miami Speedway and we are going to be there towards the end. My team and I both have committed to each other that we are going to be there to the end and fight for this championship in our rookie year in the Nationwide Series. We want to be there and to get some wins along with it. We have only missed one lap this entire season and that was at Iowa Speedway, the place we have had the best car all year. We almost got the lap back but we couldn’t get a caution flag when we needed it. It’s been a great year and we just want to learn from here on out so that we have the experience to go kick their butt next year.”

For a while, it looked like Elliott Sadler had dug a hole in the point standings and wouldn’t be able to fight back. Do you feel like he is your biggest competition? “Elliott and his team have done a good job of keeping the No. 2 Chevrolet in the driver championship points lead for a long time this year. Looking at how the team rallied and came back from a letdown at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win Iowa Speedway was pretty telling how strong the team is. That was pretty big for them. It’s been fun working with the No. 2 team and the No. 33 team this year in the Nationwide Series. We have one common goal and that is to win a championship and races in the RCR Nationwide Series shop. It doesn’t matter who gets it as long as it comes out of our shop, so I enjoy racing with those guys on the Nos. 2 and 33 teams.”

Kevin Harvick #33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet

This Week’s Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 099 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Food City 250. The Bakersfield, Calif., native drove this RCR machine to a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March. This Chevrolet was also driven by Brendan Gaughan during both Iowa Speedway events and Ty Dillon at Dover International Speedway.

Harvick Returns to the Nationwide Series … The two-time Nationwide Series champion will return to the driver’s seat of the No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend as the Nationwide Series heads to the hills of Tennessee. This race marks Harvick’s 286th career Nationwide Series start and his ninth of 14 scheduled appearances of the 2012 season. In his first eight Nationwide Series races with RCR in 2012, Harvick has earned five top-five and six top-10 finishes.

Volunteer State Racing … Friday’s 250-lap event marks Harvick’s 23rd Nationwide Series appearance at the Bristol, Tenn.-based facility. During his 22 previous series starts at the half-mile track, the 36-year-old driver has captured five wins (Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2003, Spring 2005 and Spring 2009), three pole awards (Fall 2000, Spring 2001 and Spring 2006) 13 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. Harvick has completed 5,665 of 5,739 (98.7 percent) of the laps contested. He holds a 9.4 average starting position coupled with a 7.5 average finishing position.

In the Loop … Since the inception of NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics in 2006, Harvick has competed in 12 Nationwide Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway. In those 12 starts, the RCR veteran driver has collected impressive statistics including a 115.997 mph Green Flag Speed to lead his fellow competitors. Harvick has earned a Driver Rating of 110.0, positioning him second within the category, and ranks third in the following categories: Average Running Position (8.385), Fastest Laps Run (245), Fastest on Restarts (113.630 mph), Green Flag Passes (333) and Laps Led (372). During his time on track, Harvick has spent 2,754 Laps in Top 15 ranking him fourth among all competitors.

To the Points … The No. 33 RCR Chevrolet team sits seventh in the Nationwide Series owner’s championship point standings, 72 points behind the No. 18 team in the lead. The No. 33 team earned eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes between six different drivers (Dillon, Gaughan, Harvick, Paul Menard, Max Papis and Tony Stewart) thus far this season.

In the Rearview Mirror: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve … Running the final road course race on the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule, Gaughan survived a late-race incident to bring home an 11th-place finish last weekend in the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

What are your thoughts on returning to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Nationwide Series? “We’ve done well at Bristol (Motor Speedway) over the years, so it should be fun to head back there this weekend. The track has changed some since we were last there, so it will be interesting to see what happens. I have a lot of fun running in the Nationwide Series and hope that we can bring home a win for the team and Hunt Brothers Pizza.”


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