Virginia 529 College Savings 250
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Richmond International Raceway
September 6, 2013
* Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Brian Scott), 12th (Austin Dillon) and 16th (Ty Dillon).
* Dillon is second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Sam Hornish, Jr. by 16 points, while Scott is seventh in the standings, 61 points behind the leader.
* The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks fourth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team ninth in the standings and the No. 33 team 12th.
* According to NASCAR’s Post Race Loop Data Statistics, Scott led the field in Average Running Position (1.064), Driver Rating (144.9), Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (119.795 mph), Fastest Laps Run (57), Fastest on Restarts (119.553 mph), Green Flag Speed (116.563 mph) and Laps Led (239).
* A. Dillon was the seventh-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and posted the Fastest Lap for four circuits.
* T. Dillon made 35 Green Flag Passes.
* Brad Keselowski earned his fifth Nationwide Series victory of the 2013 season and was followed to the finish line by Scott, Regan Smith, Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.
* The next Nationwide Series race is the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 14. The 26th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio channel 90.
Brian Scott Finishes Second at Richmond International Raceway After Dominating Performance
Brian Scott dominated the Virginia 529 College Savings 300 at Richmond International Raceway by leading 239 laps, but settled for a second-place finish after losing the lead during a restart following a late-race caution. The Boise, Idaho-native claimed his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole to start from the prime position. In the opening portion of the event. Scott reported that he was fighting a tight condition through the center of the corner, but still led the way. The evening’s first caution flag flew on lap 66, which allowed crew chief Phil Gould to bring Scott to pit road for routine service, along with a chassis adjustment. Scott continued to lead despite occasional challenges for the lead by the No. 18. The caution flag was displayed on lap 235, setting up a sprint to the finish with 11 laps remaining. Scott was beat to the line on the ensuing start by the No. 22, thus sliding into the second spot for the first time in the event. A second caution flag and subsequent restart with five laps remaining provided Scott with one additional opportunity to regain the lead. However, he ended up sliding into the third spot on the restart, but battled back to receive the checkered flag in second place.
Start – 1 Laps Led – 239 Finish – 2 Points – 7th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“Our Shore Lodge Camaro was amazing; I have to thank everyone at Richard Childress Racing and Nationwide Insurance. It’s a real honor to race in the 1,000th Nationwide race. That was cool and we just had a great car. Unfortunately on the second-to-last restart we were beat to the line and I was a little upset about that call. On the final restart the leader went early, which never gave us the chance to put on the race for the fans at the end. I’m proud of Phil Gould (Crew Chief) and this No. 2 team, we’ll have to go get it in Chicago next week.”
Austin Dillon Finishes 12th in NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway
Austin Dillon earned a 12th-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ 1000th race on Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Dillon started Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet from the third spot, but lost track position early in the event as he struggled with a tight-handling condition in the middle of the corners and a lack of forward drive. When the caution flag was displayed on lap 66, crew chief Danny Stockman directed his driver down pit road so the RCR team could change tires, add fuel and work on the handling of the Camaro through a series of chassis adjustments. Dillon restarted from the ninth spot when green-flag racing resumed on lap 73, but continued to experience handling issues during the ensuing run. The pit crew made sweeping changes during caution periods on laps 135 and 174, but to no avail. He was able to climb up to fifth in the running order following a lap 180 restart, but lost track position during the final stages of the race during a series of late-race restarts, ultimately securing a 12th-place finish.
Start – 3 Finish – 12 Laps Led – 0 Points – 2nd
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“The pit crew had a great night and I need to thank them because their hard work is what saved us tonight. Without them, we would have finished worse than we did because they gained us track position all night long. We’re Chicagoland Speedway-bound next week and I’m looking forward to racing there.”
Ty Dillon Finishes 16th Under the Lights at Richmond International Raceway
Ty Dillon and the No. 33 Armour Vienna Sausages Chevrolet team finished 16th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night. After starting the 250-lap affair from the 19th spot, Dillon reported a tight-handling condition in the center of the turns and loose on exit. The Ernie Cope-led team utilized caution flag periods to service the blue and yellow machine with four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to alleviate Dillon’s handling issues. The Welcome, N.C., driver was scored in the 14th position prior to making his first pit stop of the race when the caution flag was displayed on lap 66. On the lap 72 restart, Dillon restarted 13th but quickly jumped to 10th. He continued his trek into the top 10 and was scored seventh on lap 138. During the ensuing green flag run, the handling issues facing Dillon returned causing him to slip to 16th in the running order. With minimal laps remaining in the event, Dillon was unable to retrieve track position and ultimately finished 16th.
Start-19 Finish-16 Laps Led-0 Owners Points- 12th
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“That was a lot of fun. The Armour Vienna Sausages
team worked really hard today. We had a fast car in the middle of the race when we got the handling dialed in, but there at the end I got tight in the center of the corners. I wish we could have finished in the top 10. We definitely had a better car than the result we got.”