RCR Event Preview – Bristol Motor Speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 171 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing boasts nine wins – seven with Dale Earnhardt, one with Kevin Harvick and one with Jeff Burton – three pole awards, 34 top-five and 69 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has led 3,680 laps at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,934 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,068 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

#RCR50 … Richard Childress Racing celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary in 2019. Follow our social channels season-long to join in the celebration.

Interactive RCR … For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR’s corporate Twitter page – @RCRracing – along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page – @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @TylerReddick and @DanielHemric. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages – http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/DanielHemric.

Catch the Action … The Food City 500 will be televised live Sunday, April 7 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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This Week’s Symbicort Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dillon has one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He posted his best finish of fourth in August 2016. He is a former winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the track.

SYMBICORT Partners with the No. 3 at Bristol … SYMBICORT is an AstraZeneca product and the sponsor of No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Food City 500 with Austin Dillon. You can learn more at MySymbicort.com. AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Meet Dillon … Dillon and his pit crew are scheduled to make an appearance to the NASCAR Trackside Live presented by SYMBICORT(budesonide/formoterol fumarate dehydrate) stage at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The NASCAR Trackside Live presented by SYMBICORT stage will be set up in the Fan Zone, next to the famed Bristol Elevator Tower outside Turn 2. The live broadcasts are scheduled air simultaneously on NASCAR.com. After the NASCAR Trackside Live presented by SYMBICORT appearance, come meet Dillon and shop the all-new merchandise available track-side at Bristol Motor Speedway when he makes an appearance to his souvenir trailer in the fan midway on Sunday, April 7 at 10:50 a.m. Eastern Time.

What do you think about racing at Bristol Motor Speedway?
“Man, they can’t mess Bristol Motor Speedway up, truthfully. Bristol is Bristol and it doesn’t matter what lane you are in it is good racing. I enjoy going there. Bristol is just a hardcore track where you need some drivability that you have built into the car mechanically. I look forward to Bristol each year. That time of year is always fun, I think. It is what racing is all about. The temperatures are fun, it’s not too hot, and it’s just a good time to be in Tennessee.”

Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Caterpillar/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Bristol Motor Speedway … Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile,’ earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes with 69 laps led. Hemric also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Bristol, scoring two top-five finishes.

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About Bass Pro Shops … Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.” Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/.

Meet the Driver … Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet Hemric in the Bristol area during the upcoming race weekend. He is scheduled to take part in a live question-and-answer session, plus fan interaction during NASCAR Trackside Live presented by SYMBICORT(budesonide/formoterol fumarate dehydrate), in the Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Zone, next to the famed Bristol Elevator Tower outside Turn 2 on Saturday, April 6, starting at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time. The session will also be streamed live on NASCAR.com. That evening, Hemric is scheduled to sign autographs at the Cabela’s located at 361 Cabela Dr, Bristol, VA 24202, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Hemric is also scheduled to sign autographs at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Bristol fan zone on Sunday, April 7, starting at 10:20 a.m. local time.

As a former short-track racer, how excited are you to get to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in a Cup Series car?
“I am pumped to get to Bristol Motor Speedway. That will be one of the longest races of my life – from what everyone tells me. With this new package in place, we’re going to be extremely fast. I feel like the lap times are going to be much faster than they were in the past. There is just a little bit of an unknown going into the weekend. I think that will make tire fall-off worse than what we’ve had there in the past, because of what we’re asking out of the tires. The racetrack could get even wider quicker. You always have the variable of how much they spray the bottom groove with the traction compound and how long that lasts. With the corner speeds being so fast, that compound may give up even quicker. There will be a lot going on, but it will be awesome to experience Bristol as a Cup Series driver with Caterpillar and Bass Pro Shops on the side of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.”

You have had some strong runs at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Xfinity and Truck Series. Can that relate to the Cup Series this weekend?
“I have always loved going to Bristol Motor Speedway. We had a right rear wheel issue late in the race last August in the Xfinity Series race, but someone told me we averaged a fifth-place finish up until that point. I like Bristol and feel like I have always had a pretty good idea about what I need out of the car balance-wise. When we get there this weekend, hopefully we can tune on it and keep up with it as the race goes.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 100 Series starts at the half-mile speedway, RCR has captured eight victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005), Jeff Green (2002), Clint Bowyer (2008) Elliott Sadler (2012), and Austin Dillon (2016). The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has completed 26,007 laps of the 27,121 (95.9 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated five pole awards, 34 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes, led 1,856 laps and averages a starting position of 9.4 and finishing position of 11.9.

Texas Review … Tyler Reddick secured his third-consecutive top-five finish when he placed second during last weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Kaz Grala, in his first of select starts for RCR this year, had been running in the top 12 for the majority of the race but a late race brush with the wall relegated him to an 18th place finish.

Dash 4 Cash … The NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash is back. The top-four finishing Xfinity Series regulars from Texas Motor Speedway will compete for a $100,000 bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Tyler Reddick qualified for this segment of Dash 4 Cash with his second-place finish at Texas.

The Points …Tyler Reddick remains the current Xfinity Series points leader.

Social Media … To keep up with the latest updates from RCR’s Xfinity Series teams, follow @RCRracing and @RCRNXS on Twitter. Updates can also be found via RCR’s Facebook Page and Instagram (@RCRracing).

Catch the Action … Coverage of this week’s Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on FS1. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway … Tyler Reddick has three previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing in the top 10 during both races at the short track last year. The Xfinity Series points leader also has one pole award and one top-10 finish in two starts in the NASCAR Truck Series, as well as one start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division at Bristol.

Hello, Dolly Parton … Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Parton recently became the first Country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has 41 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide – and in 2016 her No. 1 album Pure & Simple, which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, added to that massive tally. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards, including a 2017 win with Pentatonix for their collaboration on her iconic 1974 hit “Jolene”; 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including a nod for Entertainer of the Year; four People’s Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2008 Parton launched her return to touring on a global scale with Backwoods Barbie World Tour, the first of many sold-out arena tours, returning her to Billboard Boxscore’s Top 10 Country Tours of the Year. Her 2016 movie “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love,” was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. In 2017, Parton released her first children’s album, I Believe In You, on Dolly Records through her partnership with Sony Music Nashville; the project’s proceeds benefit The Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library, a non-profit that since 1996 has provided more than 100 million books to children from birth to five years of age in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. In 2018, Parton received her first two Emmy Awards as the organization recognized her lifetime of giving with the Governor’s Award and the award for Best Community Service Program lauding her 2016 telethon “Smoky Mountains Rise,” which raised more than $13 million for her My People fund, which provided financial assistance to victims of massive wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Parton recently collaborated with producer Linda Perry on the soundtrack for the Golden Globe nominated film Dumplin’ starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald with Parton as the executive producer. In addition, Netflix will be releasing an eight-part anthology film series called Heartstrings thru her Dixie Pixie Productions, with each individual film based on one of Dolly’s masterful songs. This will be streamed in the Fall 2019.

Next year will also mark the 33rd anniversary season for Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which since 1986 has hosted more than 2 million visitors annually.

About The Dollywood Company … A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 35 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has been named a top three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open nine months a year (mid-March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-Dollywood or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Dash 4 Cash … Reddick qualified for this week’s Xfinity Racing Dash 4 Cash bonus after being the highest-finishing Xfinity Series regular during last week’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. He will compete against Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett for the $100,000 bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Meet Reddick … Fans have multiple chances to meet the defending Xfinity Series champion at Bristol Motor Speedway. Reddick is scheduled to sign autographs on Friday, April 5, beginning at 7 p.m. local time during Food City Race Night. On Saturday, April 6, Reddick is scheduled to take part in a Q&A session at the Xfinity Zone beginning at 11:40 a.m. local time.

You had two top-10 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway last year. Do you enjoy racing there or do you find it mentally tough?
“I loved going to Bristol Motor Speedway growing up to watch races. I still enjoy watching races there. For me as a driver though, it’s one of my most challenging tracks. Last year, I finished well but those races are just so tough. Hopefully, this year, my crew chief Randall Burnett and the team can help me have a better balance throughout the weekend. It’s tough because if your car isn’t great at Bristol, you can struggle a lot with the constant traffic you’re in while racing around . You really have no time to recover if you make a mistake, especially since you spend more time in the corners of the track rather than the straightaways. If things don’t go right, it can make for a long day, but with how we’ve been running lately I have faith our No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro will be fast right off the hauler.”

How unique is it for you to have Dolly Parton on your Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway?
“It’s very cool to have Dolly Parton on our No. 2 Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Tennessee is her home state, so it’s a special place to represent her and her many businesses. Dolly is an icon and has had a lot of success in her career, which is something I admire while trying to build my own success in NASCAR. Hopefully, we can have a great run for her in the No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro while racing at Thunder Valley.”