NASCAR Nationwide Series
O’Reilly Auto Parts 300
Texas Motor Speedway
Friday, April 4, 2014
Brendan Gaughan qualified seventh and was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing entry. His other RCR teammates, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan, started 13th and 38th, respectively.
Ty Dillon earned a ninth-place finish, Brendan Gaughan an 11th and Brian Scott finished 12th.
Ty Dillon currently leads the Richard Childress Racing drivers in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in third, only eight points out of first. Brendan Gaughan sits sixth and Brian Scott seventh.
Next up for the Nationwide Series is the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 from Darlington Raceway. Catch all the action live on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
Brian Scott Finishes 12th Under the Lights at Texas Motor Speedway
Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified 13th for the 200-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott was racing inside the top-10 within one lap after the initial green flag. The team took four tires, fuel and made chassis adjustments during the lap 43 caution to help Scott’s tight-handling Camaro. Scott continued to battle around the 1.5-mile track for position while working to stay inside the top-10. The team visited pit road at the halfway mark for additional adjustments to free up the Shore Lodge Chevrolet. Scott continued to fight through the field for the remainder of the race and collected a 12th-place finish. The finish secured Scott’s seventh-place position in the driver point standings heading into Darlington Raceway next Friday night.
Start – 13th Finish – 12th Laps Led – 0 Pts – 7th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“We had a good fight tonight. Our Chevrolet Camaro wasn’t bad, we just fought a little tight and a little loose all night. We need to keep working hard and we’ll be up in the front where we belong. Hopefully we’ll be up there next week at Darlington.”
Ty Dillon Finishes Ninth in O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Ty Dillon drove the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to a ninth-place finish Friday night in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The team started 38th after being delayed in technical inspection so long they were not able to make a qualifying lap. However, Dillon quickly made up ground driving through traffic. By lap 10, he had moved up 16 spots and by lap 20 he was in 18th. On the team’s first pit stop at lap 43, Dillon over-drove his pit box costing the team track position. He quickly recovered from the gaffe and, by lap 69, had his No. 3 Chevrolet inside the top-10. On long green-flag runs, Dillon frequently reported his car’s handling changed requiring crew chief Danny Stockman to make track bar adjustments and four-tire changes on laps 102 and 121. Several times the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet reached top-speed on the race track, but remained in ninth place. During the race’s final restart on lap 177, Dillon kept his Chevrolet Camaro in position to earn his fifth top-10 finish of the season. He remains third in the driver point standings heading into next weekend’s race at Darlington Raceway.
Start – 38th Finish – 9th Laps Led – 0 Points – 3rd
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“It’s frustrating because I thought we had a better car than ninth place. We worked really hard on this car and I definitely think our guys deserved better than ninth. It’ll drive us to do a better job though, I know Danny and this team will continue to improve. But at the end of the day, we got another top-10 finish and we’re still in a great position heading to Darlington.”
Brendan Gaughan Finishes 11th in the Lone Star State
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro qualified seventh for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan began battling tight conditions early in the race. When the first caution fell on lap 43, the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team took the opportunity to make a chassis adjustment. Gaughan reported the car showed improvement on longer runs. On lap 100, reports of a tire going down on the No. 62 brought him in for an unscheduled pit stop. The team battled back and, by lap 144, returned to the top-10 of the running order. After the caution on lap 170, the team received a commitment line violation and had to restart in 14th at the tail end of the longest line. Gaughan brought the Chevrolet Camaro to an 11th-place finish. The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino driver remains sixth in the driver point standings.
Start – 7th Finish – 11th Laps Led – 0 Points – 6th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
“Overall it was a decent day. After qualifying the South Point Chevrolet seventh, we worked all race to improve the tight conditions. Luckily we were able to catch our tire going down early before it could do serious damage. The guys worked hard all night on pit road. Coming home 11th after going through everything we did today is a real accomplishment.”
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