Richard Childress Racing–Sparks Energy 300

Ben Kennedy Earns Fourth-Place Finish in Rheem Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway in Richard Childress Racing Debut

“I learned a lot out there today in the Rheem Chevrolet. I knocked the rust off of it the first couple of laps and then started to get after it. On the last lap, Joey Logano and I had a run, but we just kind of lost our momentum on the high side. It’s amazing how these cars run and the lines they run. I got a lot out of today and I’m really happy with the finish. It was a lot of fun.”

– Ben Kennedy

Ty Dillon’s Strong Day in Talladega Spoiled by Blown Tire

“That was a bummer. My team built a strong No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy; one that was capable of winning this race. We knew we were going to have to fight pretty hard for this one because we didn’t have many friends out there once we lost three of our teammates, but to lose it with a blown tire is definitely disappointing. If cautions had worked in our favor and the leaders had pitted, we could have recovered, but we just didn’t have that luck. I know what a strong car we had and we’ll keep our heads up because of that. We’ve got a great superspeedway program, and we’ll get another chance to show everyone when we go back to Daytona in a couple months.”

– Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric’s Day Ends Early at Talladega Superspeedway After Getting Caught Up In Stage 1 Wreck

“I don’t think a lot of guys were using their heads that early on in the race. I know we were coming up on the end of the stage, but I thought everyone would have watched Daytona and saw how few cars finished that race. In my opinion, everyone was just being too aggressive. We were trying to bide our time in our Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet running in the bottom lane and just trying to log laps. I thought we were going to miss it, but someone was turned down across the track and hit us in the right rear. That was the end of our day. That’s it. I’m just really disappointed in the way everyone approached the race today. I’m just really proud of our guys on this team. We had a great No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet. All of the RCR cars were fast, so hats off to everyone back at the shop and with ECR Engines for giving us good power.”

– Daniel Hemric

Early Accident Collects Brandon Jones at Talladega Superspeedway

“Once again we had another very fast No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro at a superspeedway, and just like at Daytona, we got taken out way too early again due to someone else’s wreck. I’m not sure if it’s a product of the stage racing or what, but everyone was just driving so aggressively so early into the race and this is the result of that. I’m alright – that hit was like a night and day difference from Daytona – but it still sucks just as much. I hate it for everyone involved at RCR, ECR and Chevy. My team worked so hard all weekend to give me a shot at the win and it came to an end way too early.”

– Brandon Jones

Brendan Gaughan’s Strong Run Ends Early Racing for Stage 2 Win at Talladega Superspeedway

“I’m not really sure what happened, restrictor plate racing gets pretty intense and impressive. The South Point Chevrolet was so freaking fast. I made a way with my teammate Ty Dillon, right back to the front running for a stage ‘W.’ We were in a good position to race for the win, I saw the 16 car come in front of me and I heard someone else might have got him. This is standard, this is what you get in restrictor plate racing. It is a crap shoot and I love it. Some guys are better than others at it, I think we were pretty darn good. We were able to put our South Point Chevrolet where we wanted, when we wanted it. We were smart enough to avoid the first couple of wrecks and just came out of here with a wrecked race car. Richard Childress gives me great Chevrolets, and I appreciate it. We will come back to Daytona in July with another fast restrictor plate car. ”