Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 25, 2013
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fifth (Kevin Harvick), 14th (Austin Dillon), 15th (Brian Scott) and 31st (Dakoda Armstrong).
Dillon is seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Regan Smith by 55 markers, while Scott is eighth in the standings, 63 points behind Smith.
The No. 33 Chevrolet team ranks sixth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 3 team 10th in the standings and the No. 2 team 12th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick was one of four drivers who spent the entire race running in the top-15 and made 43 Quality Passes, ranking him fourth.
Dillon and Harvick ranked seventh and eighth in Average Running Position (7.125 and 7.920, respectively), while Scott ranked 10th (9.9).
Armstrong made 44 Green Flag Passes.
Kyle Busch earned his sixth victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Harvick.
The next Nationwide Series race is the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, June 1. The 11th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
Brian Scott Finishes 15th After Strong Qualifying Effort at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team brought home a 15th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway after battling a tight-handling condition throughout the 300-mile event. The Boise, Idaho, native remained strong early in the race, climbing as high as third, while running consistent lap times. As the laps wore on, trash on the grille caused water and oil temperatures to climb as Scott continued to battle the tight-handling condition. On lap 141, Scott brought his No. 2 Shore Lodge Camaro to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment under green-flag conditions to help alleviate the handling issues. Multiple caution periods took place during the final laps, which didn’t play in favor of the No. 2 team as their car was better on long green-flag runs. Scott lined up 14th for the final restart with 12 laps remaining and ultimately brought home a 15th-place-finish.
Start – 4 Finish – 15 Laps Led – 0 Points – 8th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“We had a great qualifying effort and started off the race strong and in contention for the win. As the race wore on, we fought a tight car all day. Towards the end we needed a long green-flag run to gain spots and it just didn’t go our way. We need to regroup and move on to Dover (International Raceway). I’m excited to get back to Dover, it’s a place where I’ve always run strong and have my first (Camping World) Truck Series win. “
Austin Dillon Earns Top 15 Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a 14th-place finish in the History 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The Welcome, N.C. native started the 200-lap race from the pole position, his first pole award of the 2013 season, which he earned earlier in the day. After leading the field to the green flag, Dillon settled into the top 10. He reported to crew chief Danny Stockman that the No. 3 Chevrolet handled on the tight side early in a run. Several caution periods provided the RCR crew opportunities to work on the car’s balance through a series of track bar and air pressure adjustments, which helped Dillon work his way into the third position by lap 157. Still not quite satisfied with the car’s handling, Dillon was scored in the eighth position when he was directed to pit road during a lap 168 caution period so the pit crew could make one final round of adjustments. With several other teams opting not to pit, The No. 3 team lost valuable track position and Dillon was positioned 13th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 172. He fell as far back as 17th before battling back to 14th for the race’s finish and is now seventh in the point standings.
Start – 1 Finish – 14 Laps Led – 1 Points – 7th
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“Our No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet was strong today. We just needed to find speed for the first five laps of a run because we struggled with a tight-handling condition at the beginning of a run and that hurt us at the end of the race. Strategy has not gone our way so far this season, but we are still proud of our pole effort this afternoon and the fact we had a strong car throughout the day.”
Armstrong Finishes 31st After Involvement in Late-Race Incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Making his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start with Richard Childress Racing, Dakoda Armstrong looked to be in position to earn another top-15 finish before a late-race incident took him out of contention Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying 19th earlier in the day, Armstrong maintained a top-20 running position for the first 150 laps of the 200-lap event while battling a loose-handling No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro. The crew made several chassis adjustments during the ensuing pit stops in an attempt to remedy the loose condition. The 21-year-old driver communicated to the team that the car was improving late during green-flag runs, so crew chief Shane Wilson elected to keep his driver out during the next two caution periods, allowing Armstrong to restart sixth on lap 172. The caution-flag flew just seven laps later and this time Wilson called the Indiana native to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Restarting 17th, Armstrong looked to be in position to work his way back toward the front of the field when an on-track incident with the No. 43 at lap 183 caused the No. 21 machine to make contact with the outside wall. Heavy damage to the WinField Chevrolet prevented Armstrong from finishing the race, relegating him to a 31st-place finish.
Start – 19 Finish – 31 Laps Led – 0 Points – N/A
DAKODA ARMSTRONG QUOTE:
“It was an unfortunate end to the day we were having. The Richard Childress Racing guys did a great job giving me a solid WinField Camaro, especially on long runs. I don’t know what happened to cause the contact; I was as low as I could go and tried to give him as much room as I could. Proud of the run we had, just disappoi
nted it ended the way it did.”
Kevin Harvick Earned Top-Five Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet team earned a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The California native started the 200-lap event from the 16th spot and began working his way forward, breaking into the top 10 by lap 37. Battling a tight-handling Chevrolet throughout the majority of the race, Harvick was able to maintain a position within the top 10 while the pit crew worked on the car’s handling during scheduled pit stops on laps 40, 88,145 and 169. The Richard Childress Racing driver worked his way up to as high as third toward the end of the event, but was shuffled back to sixth during the final restart on lap 189. Harvick was able to pick up one position during the final laps, crossing the finish line fifth.
Start – 16 Finish – 5 Laps Led – 0 Owner Points – 6
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“We had a tough time getting the handling of the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet where we needed it to be, but the team worked really hard throughout the race and we were able to salvage a decent finish.”