Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Darlington Raceway: In 34 Nationwide Series starts at Darlington Raceway, Richard Childress Racing has earned nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes but remains winless at the 1.366-mile track. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has one pole award (Kevin Harvick – 2003).
RCR in the NNS: In 891 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 303 top-five finishes, 502 top-10 finishes and 42 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 points 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 Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far: In the eight races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The organization has led 159 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points: Austin Dillon is ranked sixth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 48 points, while Brian Scott is seventh, 51 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 ninth and the No. 2 team ranks 10th.
Catch the Action: Flag-to-flag coverage of the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 10; 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 Darlington Raceway: Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 126 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Friday evening’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway where Scott started 20th and earned an 11th-place finish.
History with the “Lady in Black”: The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has four previous Nationwide Series starts at Darlington Raceway, where he has one top-10 finish (seventh in 2012) to his credit.
Point Out the Points: After eight races in the 2013 season, Scott is currently seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 51 markers out of first.
Best Career Start: After the first eight Nationwide Series events of 2013, Scott is experiencing the strongest start to a season in his career. The Boise, Idaho native boasts five top-10 finishes, 10 laps led, and average finishing spot of 12.8.
Last Time at the track “Too Tough to Tame”: One year ago, the 25-year-old Nationwide Series regular started the 147-lap event from his best starting spot, seventh, and brought home his best finishing postion, seventh, at the 1.366-mile speedway.
What have your experiences been at Darlington Raceway? “Darlington has always been a challenging place for me; I’m cautious about heading there with high expectations. My goal would be to come away with a top-10 and a solid finish in the point standings. It’s a place where track position is really important. I came home with a top-10 there last year, so I know I’m capable of good runs. If we get out front late in the race, I’ll feel a lot better about it.”
Austin Dillon No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s AdvoCare Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway: Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 105 in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. In 2012, Dillon raced this Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway in May and a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March.
Dillon at Darlington Raceway: In Dillon’s lone Nationwide Series appearance at Darlington Raceway in 2012, he started third and earned a fifth-place finish. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at the track in the Truck Series. He earned his best finish of fifth in August 2010, coupled with a 15th-place result in March 2011.
Spark your Engines: Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon’s favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.
How do you like old school racing at Darlington Raceway? “I enjoy Darlington Raceway. They call it the Lady in Black and it’s a cool track because it’s a place where you have to be really patient. You’re running right up against the wall and there is a lot of speed there. I enjoy racing there and I can’t wait to get there.”
If you don’t get a stripe at Darlington Raceway do you feel like you haven’t really been there? “No, actually I’ve ran two or three races there now and I don’t even think I’ve gotten one, and I’ve ran in the top five in all three races. A Darlington stripe is coming surely, I will have one before long. When you get out there by that wall, you are carrying so much speed it’s inevitable.”
Ty Dillon No. 33 Armour/Hungry-Man Chevrolet Camaro Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s Armour/Hungry-Man Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway: Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 112 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event. This RCR-prepared Chevrolet was driven by Dillon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where he earned an 11th-place finish.
Darlington Details: This weekend’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 marks Dillon first career appearance at Darlington Raceway. The Welcome, N.C., native will make his first competitive laps at the 1.366-mile track during Friday’s practice session.
This is your first start at Darlington Raceway, what are your thoughts for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event? “I’m looking forward to driving the No. 33 RCR Chevrolet two weekends in a row. I think it’s really going to help not having a few weekends off between (NASCAR) Nationwide Series races. We had a strong run last weekend at Talladega (Superspeedway) and got caught up in an incident. I’m going to use that momentum going into this weekend’s race at Darlington (Raceway). This is also the first race with Armour/Hungry-Man, so we’re hoping to put on a good show for them.”