RCR at Martinsville In 135 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has earned four pole awards and posted seven victories with drivers Dale Earnhardt (five times), Ricky Rudd (1983) and Kevin Harvick (2011). RCR Chevrolet teams have earned 27 top-five and 53 top-10 finishes at Martinsville dating back to the team’s first start there on April 10, 1972. RCR teams boast a 16.6 average starting position, a 16.1 average finishing position and have completed 62,992 of the 67,198 contested laps (93.7 percent) at the paperclip-shaped race track. Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, contributed four of those top-10 finishes from 1976-1978.
RCR in the NSCS In 2,288 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 101 wins, 42 pole awards, 435 top-five finishes and 915 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 Dale 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 title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.
RCR California Rewind In the Sprint Cup Series event at Auto Club Speedway two weekends ago, Paul Menard finished eighth to collect his third-straight top 10 of the 2013 season, while Harvick crossed the finish line 13th and Burton finished in the 17th position.
The Collective RCR Throughout the season’s first five races, RCR’s Sprint Cup Series entries have notched five top-10 finishes and completed 4,404 of 4,604 total laps (95 percent) with drivers Burton, Austin Dillon, Harvick and Menard. RCR’s three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank eighth (Menard), 15th (Harvick) and 24th (Burton) in the driver championship point standings.
Catch the Action Live coverage of the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway will be televised on FOX Sunday, April 7, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Paul Menard No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Martinsville Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.
Menard at “The Paperclip” Menard has 11 starts at Martinsville Speedway. His best start of ninth came in 2010 and 2012 and best finish of 12th came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,279 of 5,534 laps attempted (95.4 percent) at the half-mile oval.
Fun Fact After the first five races this year, Menard is one of only five drivers to have completed 100 percent of laps (1,483) attempted this season.
Let’s Get “Sirius” Be sure to tune in to Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 3. Menard will join host Claire B. Lang to chat about being eighth in the driver championship point standings and his performance this season.
Race Rewind In his last appearance at Martinsville Speedway, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the ninth position and brought home a 12th-place finish, his best effort to-date at the track.
Menard’s Thoughts on Racing at Martinsville Speedway: “After having a weekend off I’m ready to get back to racing. We had some great momentum with a string of top-10 finishes before the break, so I’m hoping to keep that going this weekend. It’s difficult to pass at Martinsville because everyone is fighting for the bottom groove. Sometimes it feels like bumper cars out there, but it’s a fun track to drive. Qualifying and pit strategy are key because track position is so important at Martinsville. It’s going to be all about survival on Sunday.”
Kevin Harvick No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Budweiser Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the STP Gas Booster 500. This Chevrolet is new to the RCR line up and will run its first competitive laps this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Martinsville Stats Sunday’s race marks Harvick’s 24th-career Sprint Cup Series start at the Virginia-based facility. Since 2001, the 37-year-old driver has collected one win (April 2011), one pole award (April 2010), three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick holds an average starting position of 13.3 coupled with a 16.7 average finishing position, has completed 97.4 percent (11,236 of 11,534) of laps contested and is credited with 363 laps led.
Ride Along with Harvick Want to experience a lap around the track with Harvick? The King of Beers has launched the Budweiser 360° Ride-Along Experience to allow adult fans to do just that. The “surround video” technology gives race fans a 360-degree look at a lap around the track inside the cockpit of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet with Harvick. While Budweiser’s driver controls the steering wheel, fans have the ability to control their view with the unique experience. The Budweiser 360° Ride-Along Experience is viewable on desktop and laptop computers and can be accessed at www.Budweiser.com.
Prohibition Ends at Last On Sunday, Anheuser-Busch and its family of wholesalers will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. The Cullen-Harrison Act took effect on April 7, 1933, legalizing the sale of 3.2 percent alcohol by volume beer in the District of Columbia and the 20 states in which state laws did not prohibit its sale. As the clock atop the brew house showed one minute past midnight on April 7, 1933, sirens and steam whistles sounded, the large wooden doors of the brewery’s Bevo bottling plant opened to the cheers of the thirsty, and 55 trucks laden with America’s favorite brew rolled out into the night, delivering the first cases of post-Prohibition Budweiser to the masses. Though the national repeal of Prohibition for all forms of alcohol did not become finalized until December 5, April 7 marks the most significant anniversary in the American beer industry.
Budweiser Clydesdales Celebrated While the King of Beers honors the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, they also celebrate another major milestone – the 80th anniversary of the Clydesdales association with Anheuser-Busch. The Budweiser Clydesdales have been an integral part of Anheuser-Busch’s heritage since April 7, 1933, when August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch presented their father with two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. The Clydesdales’ strength and majesty symbolize Budweiser quality and team spirit. This week Warm Springs Ranch, Anheuser-Busch’s state-of-the-art Clydesdale breeding farm opened for public tours in Boonville, Mo. The ranch remains open until October 31 and tour spots can be reserved through www.warmspringsranch.com.
2012 Race Rewind Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team started second in this event last season, battled handling issues for the majority of the event and ultimately finished 19th.
What type of mentality must a driver have to be successful at short-track racing? “It’s a balance between being patient and making the right moves. You can get lapped pretty quickly if your car is off. You want to take care of your race car, but you want to take advantage of the opportunities when you get them.”
Talk about the importance of brake conservation at Martinsville Speedway. “Braking is obviously going to be something that you look at when going to Martinsville (Speedway), but I think now the brakes and the rotors and everything are so good that the issue you have now is the tires. The brakes will basically melt the bead of the tire because they’re so hot, so you have to concentrate on not only the cooling of the brakes, but also the cooling of the tires.”
Jeff Burton No. 31 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Chevrolet SS Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s No. 31 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Chevrolet SS at Martinsville Speedway Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet seeing its first on-track action during Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.
Burton in Hot Dog Heaven Burton grew up an hour away from Martinsville Speedway in South Boston, Va. and Sunday’s event marks his 37th start at the half-mile facility. He has amassed 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, led 940 laps and made one trip to Victory Lane in 1997.
Team Chevy Stage Burton is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy stage located in the Martinsville Speedway display area on Sunday, April 7 at 9:20 a.m. ET.
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. There are three ways you can vote for Burton.
The Sprint Experience
Race Rewind 2012 Burton and the No. 31 Chevrolet team finished 22nd in the 2012 event at Martinsville Speedway after suffering electrical issues just past the halfway mark of the event.
Do you worry about keeping the fenders clean when you go to Martinsville Speedway? “Absolutely. I think you have to make sure you are patient, but aggressive. The more people you run into, the more it damages your car and makes it harder to drive.”
You also need to keep your cool at Martinsville Speedway, correct? “It is so important to remain focused. It’s harder at Martinsville Speedway than anywhere else we go on the schedule. Keep your eye on the ball and try not to let the things going on around you dictate what you do. Your goals need to dictate your actions. I think Martinsville is the hardest race track to stay focused on your goals.”