Category Archives: Richard Childress Racing

RCR Post Race Report – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Austin Dillon and the Dow NORKOOL Camaro ZL1 Team Cap Off Strong Bristol Motor Speedway Performance with Top-15 Finish

“Man, we passed a lot of cars tonight in the No. 3 Dow NORKOOL Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We started at the back of the field and worked our way to the front a couple of times. We went back and forth on handling tonight. It would fire off really well, then go into a little slump in the middle of the run, and then get really good again. Crew Chief Justin Alexander and the team helped the handling in the beginning of the race with chassis adjustments. Towards the middle of the race, the track started to come to us more and I was able to search around for better grip. It seemed like the bottom lane of Turns 1 and 2 and top lane of 3 and 4 worked best for us, and we were able to run in the top 10, and well into the top five, for a while. We took two left side tires on that final pit stop but restarted on the bottom and ultimately got shuffled out of a top-10 run. I’m bummed we didn’t get the finish we deserved, but it was worth the gamble to take two tires at the end. The top lane is just very dominant on restarts. I’m proud of the effort my team put in this week. Darlington is next and we are looking forward to it.”

-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman and Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 Team Reel in 12th-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway

“Our Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 had speed this weekend. Unfortunately qualifying didn’t go as planned but I wasn’t too concerned about it because our practices went well. Once the race started we battled tight and loose conditions, but by halfway, we were balanced fairly well. The biggest issue we had was being able to maneuver through all the rubber on the track. Our Chevy either plowed or shook itself loose. I think we’re all looking forward to the off weekend so we can recharge and get ready for Darlington. It’s my favorite race on the Cup schedule and I want to win it for so many reasons. We’ve got to win to get into the Playoffs.”

-Ryan Newman

RCR Post Race Report – Food City 300

Matt Tifft Earns First Top-10 Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in No. 2 Nexteer Automotive Chevrolet

“My team worked so hard all weekend long on our No. 2 Nexteer Automotive Chevrolet. We lacked a lot of front turn on Thursday during practice, and we had to make some major changes to it. It handled a lot better during qualifying, which showed when we started fifth, our second top-five starting spot in two weeks. When I fired off for the race, I struggled with no rear grip at all and got shuffled back. Randall (Burnett, crew chief) made the call to pit under the first yellow flag and made major changes to the car. It handled much better after that, and we were able to race in the top five for most of the remaining laps of the race. Unfortunately, on the overtime start I just didn’t have the tires to keep up and fell back a couple spots. It still was a top-10 finish though, and my first one at Bristol, so we’ll take this and continue to build off it.”
-Matt Tifft Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – Food City 300

RCR Event Preview – Bristol Motor Speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 169 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 3,679 laps at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Bristol Motor Speedway

RCR Post Race Report – Consumers Energy 400

Austin Dillon and the Dow WE Are Innovators Camaro ZL1 Team Capitalize on Fast Car to Earn Top-Five Finish at Michigan International Speedway

“I want to thank everybody at RCR and ECR for the strong car today. We raced the Dow WE Are Innovators Camaro ZL1, and boy did it feel good having a car fast enough to battle with Kevin Harvick. I’m so proud of the guys for building a car capable of doing that. We were in a position that if something happened to the No. 4 (Harvick), we could have won the race. With two laps to go, I went into Turn 3 and I missed the corner. When I came down the straightaway, the car was shaking like either the tire was unraveling or it was a loose wheel. I didn’t want to lose the great finish we had in front of us, so I held on and fortunately was able to get the top-five finish. Today gave this team a lot of momentum, and I have to thank my pit crew who was fast all day. It just feels good. We have the capability to win when we put our best days together, so we will definitely keep up this hard work.”

-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman Earns Stage Points and Leads Laps in the Grainger Camaro ZL1 Despite 15th-Place Finish at
Michigan International Speedway

“Our No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 had a lot of speed today at Michigan International Speedway. We started off really strong by running in the top 10 for the entire first stage. Through the first few laps, the car was a little tight but it freed up as we got through the stage. Finishing eighth at the end of Stage 1 was big for this team. It’s crucial to get as many points as possible as we approach the Playoffs, which is exactly what we did. However, the second stage proved to be difficult. Less than 15 laps into Stage 2, the right rear brake line broke. We had to come in several times during the stage to fix the issue. The crew worked their tails off to quickly solve the problem and get the car back on the track. During the final stage, we led the race for several laps and took advantage of it until we needed to come in for fuel with 10 laps remaining. Our team fought hard to keep us on the lead lap which resulted in finishing 15th. The Grainger Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was definitely a top-10 car, had it not been for the brake line issue. We’ll gather the troops and regroup as we prepare for the night race at Bristol next weekend.”

-Ryan Newman

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Michigan–Post Race

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
CONSUMER ENERGY 400
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
AUGUST 12, 2018

TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
4TH AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW WE ARE INNOVATORS CAMARO ZL1
9TH CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1
15TH RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 GRAINGER CAMARO ZL1
17TH KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1
19TH ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1

TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
1ST Kevin Harvick (Ford)
2nd Brad Keselowski (Ford)
3rd Kyle Busch (Toyota)
4th Austin Dillon (Chevrolet)
5th Ryan Blaney (Ford) Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Michigan–Post Race

RCR Post Race Report – Rock N Roll Tequila 170

Matt Tifft Rebounds at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to Record Third Top-5 Finish

“We were so close today with our No. 2 Fanatics / Cleveland Indians Chevrolet Camaro. I knew coming to Mid-Ohio we’d have a really good shot at it, and Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and the team did a great job setting up this week’s car. We qualified fifth, which is our second highest starting spot of the year. Once we fired off for the race, my Chevrolet was a little loose on both directions, but I was able to keep it up front and finish in the top 10 for Stages 1 and 2. We pitted in between Stage 2 and 3 from the second spot and had a miscue on pit road, which shuffled us back in traffic to start the final stage. Luckily, the handling in my Camaro got better throughout the stage and I was able to get back into the top 10 and into the second spot for a while. We just didn’t have the tires at the end to keep up with the leader and fell back to fourth. Overall, it was a really good day at my home track. We were in contention for a lot of it and just need to continue putting together races like this one. I’m really looking forward to getting another shot at the road courses when we go to Road America in a couple of weeks.”

-Matt Tifft Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – Rock N Roll Tequila 170

RCR Event Preview – Michigan International Speedway / Mid-Ohio

Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway … In 169 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, RCR teams have earned three wins, two with Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990) and one with Kevin Harvick (August 2010). Additionally, RCR has claimed 24 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, who recorded top-10 finishes at MIS in June 1978 and August 1979.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,890 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,059 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Michigan International Speedway / Mid-Ohio

RCR Event Preview – Watkins Glen International

Richard Childress Racing at “The Glen” … In 71 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International, RCR boasts two wins (Robby Gordon 2003 and Kevin Harvick 2006), eight top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Dale Earnhardt won three poles (1990, ’92, ’96) at the high-speed, seven-turn, upstate New York facility.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,888 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,059 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Watkins Glen International

RCR Post Race Report – Pennsylvania 400

Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 American Ethanol Team Earn 13th-Place Finish at Pocono Raceway

“The American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was extremely tight through Stage 1. We made chassis adjustments that we were confident would help with handling, but when Stage 2 started it felt like I was driving a pogo stick, and by the end of Stage 2, the car was just way too loose. I have to give it to the entire No. 3 American Ethanol team for working hard and never giving up. I feel like we were actually pretty good on takeoff, so we pitted during a late-race caution for 4 scuff tires, which is all we had left. On the restart, I ended up scraping the Turn 3 Wall with the right side of my car. Luckily, I was able to continue but it killed my momentum and made the car really tight. In the end, it was a hard-earned 13th-place finish.”

-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman Takes Advantage of Late-Race Restarts To Earn Second-Straight Top-10 Finish in Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 at Pocono Raceway

“I don’t ever give up and this No. 31 Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 team doesn’t either. Our race was pretty frustrating to me. I knew we had a top-10 car, but we got blocked quite a bit which caused us to lose momentum and track position, especially during the middle portions of the race. All and all another solid job in the pits for the pit crew. For a while there, our track position didn’t reflect the kind of Chevy Luke Lambert and the team prepared for me, but it doesn’t matter now. We finished eighth and we’ll certainly take that result.”
-Ryan Newman

RCR Post Race Report – U.S. Cellular 250

Late-Race Incident Ends Matt Tifft’s Day at Iowa Speedway

“We were still missing the take-off speed we really needed at Iowa Speedway with our No. 2 American Ethanol e15 Chevrolet Camaro. Our long run speed was decent, which helped with the longer green flag runs we had during the race today. After losing a lap towards the end of the final stage, we fought hard to be in the lucky dog position in case a caution came out, which it did. We got our lap back and were sitting in the 11th spot, so even though we had to restart toward the back of the field I thought we may have a shot to get a top 10 out of the day in the closing laps of the race. Unfortunately, the 52 (David Starr) turned the 26 (Max Tullman) heading into Turn 1 on the restart, and I just had nowhere to go. I hate it for my team. We were better than the results show today.”

-Matt Tifft Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – U.S. Cellular 250

RCR Event Preview – Pocono Raceway / Iowa Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway … In 159 starts at Pocono Raceway, RCR team owner Richard Childress has two wins, both with Dale Earnhardt, who won on July 19, 1987 and July 18, 1993. Additionally, RCR has earned one pole award, 16 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes with 610 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, contributed two of those top-10 finishes under the RCR banner.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,886 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,058 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Pocono Raceway / Iowa Speedway

RCR Post Race Report – New Hampshire 301

Austin Dillon and the Dow Chevrolet Team Run Solidly in the Top 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Before Late-Race, Unscheduled Green-Flag Pit Stop

“The Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was loose on entry to start the race, but a pit stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments definitely improved the car’s handling. We kept up with changing track conditions through adjustments in the pits throughout the race, and ended up with a pretty good handling Camaro ZL1. We were posting top-10 lap times during most of the race and running in eighth when we ended up with a loose wheel and had to make an unscheduled pit stop under green flag conditions. It cost us the lead lap. It’s a shame because we had a rocket ship but couldn’t do anything with it. I’m proud of the guys for building a really fast car. We are on the right track.”

-Austin Dillon
Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – New Hampshire 301

RCR Post Race Report – New Hampshire 200

Matt Tifft Powers to Fifth-Place Finish in National Brain Tumor Society Chevrolet at New Hampshire

“All season long we have known that we have speed in our Camaro SS, but we have needed to put everything together from practice to qualifying to the race. I feel like we have done that at times this year but then just weren’t able to capitalize on that in the end. We did that this weekend with our National Brain Tumor Society Chevrolet, though. We had great practice sessions on Friday. We missed qualifying a bit with the tightening of the race track in the heat, but we knew that had a good car to work with. Then we were able to capitalize with a great race. We had to make some adjustments in the first two stages, but we got to where we needed to be in Stage 3. We were one of the fastest race cars on the race track by then. I was a bit too tight there at the end to gain anymore spots, but I’m proud of our fifth-place finish today. New Hampshire hasn’t always been very nice to me, but this team worked hard all weekend to bring home a strong finish.”
Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – New Hampshire 200

RCR Event Preview – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway … Richard Childress has four victories as a team owner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Robby Gordon (2001), Kevin Harvick (2006) and Clint Bowyer (2007 and 2010). In 124 starts at the 1.058-mile oval, Childress also has two pole awards, 16 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton, Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Gordon, Harvick, Ryan Newman, Steve Park and Mike Skinner.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,884 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,057 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

RCR Post Race Report – Kentucky 400

Early Vibration Hinders Austin Dillon and the No. 3 AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team at Kentucky Speedway

“I hate that we had problems early. We had a vibration as soon as we started the race and we had no option but to pit for four tires on the AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. I actually started feeling it during the pace laps at the start of the race, but I thought it was just a cold set of tires. It must have been a bad set of tires. As soon as we pitted the vibration was gone and we were one of the fastest cars on the track. From there, it was a battle to earn the Lucky Dog, and then to keep up with changing track conditions with chassis adjustments during scheduled pit stops. Every position was hard-fought tonight. We have a lot of work to do.”

-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman Generates 21st-Place Finish in the No. 31 Caterpillar Camaro ZL1 at Kentucky Speedway

“Track position was the name of the game tonight. We started off with a really bad vibration. Fortunately, it worked itself out after we bolted on new Goodyear tires. From there, we focused on improving our handling. My biggest issue all night was Turns 1 and 2. Everyone talks about Turn 3, but it was neutral for us. Overall, we definitely improved our Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 from when we tested here earlier this year, by leaps and bounds. We definitely improved our qualifying effort, but ultimately it comes down to where we finished and we still have some work to do. Our car wasn’t that bad, but getting track position after that first run and a pit road penalty were too tough to overcome. Thanks to Caterpillar for all their activation plans this weekend. I think some race fans are going home happy after our Cat INV2000 Portable Inverter Generator giveaways.”

-Ryan Newman

RCR Post Race Report – Alsco 300

Matt Tifft Finishes 11th After Pit Road Miscue at Kentucky Speedway

“We had a fast No. 2 Surface Sunscreen Chevrolet Camaro right from the start this weekend. I was really happy with how it handled. I could hug the bottom really well in Turns 3 and 4 to get under people. Turns 1 and 2 needed more work, but we got better over there as the night progressed on Friday. It was great to be running up in the top 5 for Stage 1. We didn’t free up the car as much as I needed for Stage 2, so we got shuffled back a little bit, but we made it up in the final stage. We decided to pit for four fresh tires and one final adjustment when the caution came out with 38 laps to go. Unfortunately, we had to make a second trip down pit road for an unscheduled stop, so that cost us track position. I was able to work my way through the field and into the top 10 for a little bit after that. Our Camaro just snugged back up again a tick too much, and I got shuffled back a couple spots. We’ll continue to learn from races like this.”
-Matt Tifft

Handling Issues Hamper Ty Dillon’s Efforts in Red Kap/Alsco Chevrolet

“We started off really tight in the No. 3 Red Kap / Alsco Chevrolet. Our team made several adjustments during the first two pit stops to free up the car and it worked. It ran much better on exit after those stops, but unfortunately not good enough to land a top-10 finish. I’m not sure why we didn’t have speed on the straightaways. It wasn’t there all night. I also battled a vibration at the end of Stage 1 throughout most of the night. Not the finish we hoped for but it’s something we can learn from and improve on moving forward.”
-Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric and the South Point Hotel & Casino Team Fight Back to Second-Place Finish at Kentucky Speedway

“We started tonight’s race a little farther off than we expected to, but Danny Stockman did a great job making wholesale changes to our South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet every time we came down pit road. He finally got me to where I could drive it and move through the field. It was fun to battle with Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell there. As long as we had clean air, we were in good shape. We were leading when the cautions came out and I chose the bottom on the restart, and if I could, I would have probably done something a little different there to keep cars off my right rear. It was just free taking off for a lap or two, but that is what helped our car maintain and make speed once we got it better. I will run this race over in my mind on the flight home, but as soon as we land tonight, it is on to New Hampshire next week.”

-Daniel Hemric

RCR Event Preview – Kentucky Speedway

Richard Childress Racing in the Bluegrass State … In 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Richard Childress Racing holds an average starting position of 17.9 and an average finishing position of 17.9, completing 5,870 of the contested 5,895 laps (99.6 percent).

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,882 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,057 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 … Chevrolet, the winningest brand in motorsports, debuts the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this season. The Camaro ZL1 is the most advanced Chevrolet Cup Car ever developed and is also the most authentic, featuring rear-wheel drive, a fuel injected V8 engine and a manual gear box.

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 and @RyanJNewman. 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/RyanNewmanNASCAR.

Catch the Action … The Kentucky 400 at Kentucky Speedway will be televised live Saturday, July 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kentucky Speedway … Dillon has five previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, earning his best finish of 16th in 2016 and 2014 and best starting position of 11th in 2015.

Dillon in the Bluegrass State … Kentucky Speedway is the site of Dillon’s career-first win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 2013 Xfinity Series Champion earned back-to-back Xfinity Series wins at the 1.5-mile track in 2012, sweeping both races and earning the pole award for both the June and September events.

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Drivin’ Like Dillon … AAA is giving fans an opportunity to win a brand new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, similar to the car Dillon drives. Fans can enter Drivin’ Like Dillon by visiting aaa.com/Dillon for their chance to win.

Meet Dillon … Austin and the Drivin’ Like Dillon sweepstakes grand prize Camaro ZL1 will be in Cincinnati and at track this weekend. They will be at the AAA Auto Wash (3330 Central Parkway, Cincinnati) at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 12th as well as the Kentucky Speedway AAA Midway activation space at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts going into Kentucky?
“Kentucky is one of those places I’ve always been pretty decent at, going back to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series days. We were able to win there, and any time that you head into a track that you’ve been successful at in the past you go in with some confidence. The repave is a few years old now so it should be fun to see how that’s shaping up. We will look forward to Kentucky as one of those places where we feel like we can run well. I think brakes are going to be important there.”

This Week’s No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kentucky Speedway … Ryan Newman will make his 603rd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series visits Kentucky Speedway. In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at the 1.5-mile track, Newman owns three top-five and three top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 15.1 and average finish of 14.3.

Season 26 in NASCAR … Richard Childress Racing embarks on its 10th season with Caterpillar on board the No. 31 Camaro ZL1 and Cat Racing’s 26th in NASCAR. For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2017 sales and revenues of $45.462 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

Featured Caterpillar Dealers … Whayne Supply Company and Walker Machinery are the featured Cat dealers for this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway.
Whayne Supply Company is one of the oldest and largest Caterpillar dealers in the U.S., based in Louisville, Kentucky. Whayne Supply Company has 17 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana serving the construction, mining, highway, ag and power industries.
Walker Machinery has over 60 years in the construction and mining industries and is the best choice when you are looking to purchase or rent equipment. Not only the authorized Caterpillar Dealership in western West Virginia and southeastern Ohio, they also sell and service several other lines of equipment. From backhoes and dozers, to continuous miners and on-highway trucks, Walker Machinery is your number one choice for all of your equipment and service needs.
Meet Newman … Fans are encouraged to stop by Trackside Live on Friday at 5 p.m. CT for a chance to meet Ryan Newman and take home a prize provided by partner Caterpillar! Brush up on your Cat Racing trivia for a chance to win! Hint: If you like to tailgate or camp, you’ll love it! On Saturday, Newman is scheduled to sign autographs on behalf of Coca-Cola Racing at 10 a.m. CT. It’s taking place at the Kroger located on Hwy 227 in Carrollton.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts heading into Kentucky?
“Kentucky is a big weekend for us and our partner Caterpillar. We’ve got a lot of folks and customers from Wayne Supply and Walker Machinery coming so we obviously want to put on a strong show for them. Plus, Caterpillar has a few surprise giveaways planned for race fans at the track. The first one happens on Friday during my Trackside appearance at 5 p.m. We hope to see a lot of Cat Racing fans when we are there. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this.

“From an on-track standpoint, Kentucky is one of those tracks that I continue to have mixed feelings about. I’ve never been a fan of its configuration, but it is what it is. My results there have been mixed, too, so I hope we are able to unload fast and repeat our performance from back in 2016. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.”

Based on your previous experience at the track, what is the hardest thing about Kentucky Speedway?
“The hardest part of Kentucky has always been turning into Turn 3. It is usually loose into Turn 3 and a real challenge to get a hold of.”

What do you say to those people that keep complaining about you being one of the hardest drivers to pass?
“I guess I am doing my job the best. That is what you are supposed to do as a driver. There is a certain amount of give and take that we all have to have. If they think I have the least, then that’s still OK. I give and take. I really do, and a lot more so than they think.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway … In 65 Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, RCR has captured four victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2001), Austin Dillon (2012 sweep) and Brendan Gaughan (2014). The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has accumulated four pole awards, 23 top-five finishes, 41 top-10 finishes, led 973 laps and averages a starting position of 10.2 and finishing position of 10.5. RCR has completed 12,303 laps of the 12,918 (95.2 percent) in which they have competed.

Daytona Review … Shane Lee was the highest-finishing RCR driver when he placed sixth in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 with Daniel Hemric close behind in eighth. Matt Tifft finished 20th after receiving damage during a wreck in the final stage of the race.

The Points … Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft currently sit second and ninth, respectively, in the Xfinity Series driver point standings. The No. 3 RCR team is currently 13th in the series owner point standings.

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 weekend’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway will be televised live on Friday, July 13, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

This Week’s No. 2 Surface Sunscreen Chevrolet Camaro at Kentucky Speedway … This week Matt Tifft returns to the site of his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, Kentucky Speedway. Tifft finished 10th in his first Xfinity Series start at the 1.5-mile speedway in September 2015. Kentucky Speedway is also the site of the second race Tifft competed in after recovering from his brain tumor surgery, in which he placed fifth in the September 2016 Xfinity Series event. The 21-year-old driver has an additional top-10 finish at the track from his September 2017 Xfinity Series race there. Tifft also has two ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards starts at Kentucky, collecting a second and third-place finish in the series.

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Stock Up on Surface … Tifft uses Surface Sunscreen to protect himself throughout the race weekend from harmful sun rays. Fans can do the same by picking up their own bottle of Surface Sunscreen, which is available at any Fanatics location at all tracks that NASCAR visits during the 2018 season.

Meet Tifft … Fans can meet Tifft during the Xfinity Series autograph session located in the tent in Kentucky Speedway’s fan midway on Friday, July 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m. local time.

MATT TIFFT QUOTE:
Since they repaved Kentucky Speedway and now that we’ve had a couple races on it, how does the track surface handle now?
“Kentucky Speedway was definitely one of my favorite tracks before they repaved it, but I think they did a good job with the repave there. It seems like the groove is starting to widen out finally where we can have more than one lane to run in. Even since the repave, Kentucky has been a strong track for me. It’s also a special track for me seeing as it was one of my first ones back after my brain surgery in 2016. I’ve finished in the top-10 all but one time there in the Xfinity Series. I hope that we can learn off of what these guys learned off of at RCR since the 21 and the 2 were fast there last year, and if we combine that with my experience, hopefully we’ll hit on something really strong for the weekend.”

This Week’s Red Kap / Alsco Chevrolet Camaro SS at Kentucky Speedway … Ty Dillon has seven previous starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway, earning three top-five and five top-10 finishes. His highest finish of second place came in 2015 and he earned a pole-position starting spot in 2014. He has led 270 laps of competition. Dillon also has two previous starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at the 1.5-mile track, and he scored his best finish of 25th place in 2016. He has four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Kentucky. Dillon has earned three top-five finishes and won the 2013 event after leading 26 laps.

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TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts as you head back to Kentucky in the Red Kap / Alsco Chevrolet Camaro SS?
“I love racing at Kentucky Speedway. I’ve done well there in the past in both the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series. I won a truck race back in 2013, and I’ve come close in Xfinity with a second-place finish. I feel comfortable racing at this track. It went through a repave back in 2016, and it’s always interesting to learn the new quirks of a track as the repave ages and goes through the seasons. These mile-and-a-half tracks we visit are all so different from each other because they’re all in different stages of repaves. It keeps us all on our toes, and we have to adjust our intermediate package and our plans with every track we visit. This trip to Kentucky will be an especially big weekend. We have Alsco on our car for the Alsco 300, and I definitely want to be the one taking them to their own Victory Lane celebration.”

Daniel Hemric and the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro at Kentucky Speedway … Hemric will be making his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Kentucky Speedway during this weekend’s Alsco 300. The driver of the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet has an average start of 8.5, an average finish of 8.0 and has completed all the laps attempted at the 1.5-mile track.

Rearview Mirror: Daytona … Hemric earned a career-best Xfinity Series superspeedway finish on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway by bringing the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet home in the eighth position. Starting fourth when rain canceled qualifying, Hemric earned points in both Stage 1 and Stage 2. He was involved in one of the night’s big wrecks but suffered only minor damage. The team was able to make repairs to the car and keep Hemric in contention for the rest of the event.

This Week at the South Point Hotel & Casino … Fans visiting the South Point Hotel & Casino this weekend have the opportunity to see comedian Joey Diaz on July 13 – 14 at The Showroom. The show is 18 and over, with tickets available at southpointcasino.com.

Meet the Driver … Fans have multiple opportunities to meet Hemric over the next week. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native is scheduled to take part in an autograph session at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series on Tuesday, July 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the concourse. Hemric is a former Summer Shootout Series driver, with a lot of success racing Legend Cars. He is also scheduled to take part in the Xfinity Series autograph session in the Kentucky Speedway fan midway on Friday, July 13, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Meet the Press … Hemric is scheduled to be part of the Xfinity Series media availability session in the Kentucky Speedway media center on Thursday, July 12, starting at 3:15 p.m. Fans can watch the press conference on NASCAR.com/presspass.

Getting Loopy … According to NASCAR Loop Data statistics, Hemric leads the Xfinity Series this year in average running position (8.323) and laps inside the top 15 (90.7 percent or 2,605 laps). He is also second in percentage of laps run on the lead lap through 16 races, with 93.59 percent (2,687 of a possible 2,871 laps).

DANIEL HEMRIC QUOTES:
You have a pretty good record in the Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway with two top-10 finishes. With different degrees of banking in both corners, is Kentucky similar to the newly reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway at all?
“Kentucky Speedway is similar to Texas in how you approach the race. I feel like we can apply some of the things we did and learned as a company at Texas to this weekend’s race at Kentucky. Last year, we ran a lot better at Kentucky than our finishes show. I am excited to get back there with this No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet. When you’re doing so many different things on each end of the racetrack, it puts a little more back in the driver’s hands. I don’t mean just from a physical standpoint, but also how we approach practice, how we work on the car to make it better on one end and know what you can and can’t give up on the other end to still be good and make overall lap times. It is fun when you have that kind of a challenge from a mental and physical standpoint as a race team.”

With a relatively new surface at Kentucky Speedway, does the track change over the course of a weekend where you practice during the day, qualify late afternoon and then race at night under the lights?
“For me, the pace changes when you transition throughout the day. When you take off for practice, the track is really, really green, it has a ton of grip and is really fast. You are going so fast that the tires have to be hard enough to last and as the day goes on, the cars come more and more out of the racetrack. As that happens, that speed crosses over with the handling of the car. You have to figure out how long you can get away with that type of speed before the handling becomes such a big deal that you have to focus on that more – and maybe that means giving up some of that speed. On new pavement that is something you really have to focus on. I think the track is widening out each time we go back there, and that is finally giving us some options.”

RCR Post Race Report – Coke Zero Sugar 400

Strong Showing for Austin Dillon and the American Ethanol e15 Team in Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

“This was absolutely the best car I have ever had at a superspeedway, so I have to give big thanks to everyone at RCR and ECR Engines for all of their hard work in the shop on the American Ethanol e15 Camaro ZL1. We were really strong until we ended up with damage during a Stage 2 incident, and even after that we were in contention. We spent most of the rest of the race working on the car during cautions. With 30 to go the right rear quarter panel came lose and essentially worked as a parachute. Thankfully, we ended up with a caution pretty quickly and were able to make repairs. I thought we were going to have a shot there at the end but another car made it three-wide and there is just no momentum when you try to race that way. It feels good to leave Daytona with a strong showing for RCR and ECR.”

-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman Survives Wild Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona to Finish Eighth in Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevrolet

“We had some luck on our side tonight to miss a lot of those big wrecks early and the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevrolet was going to be in pretty good shape. We got squeezed between two cars late in the race and I didn’t lift, so we got some damage from that. Then the big wreck happened coming to the white flag, I got into the No. 6 and we got even more damage to the nose and fenders. We had a tire rub on the last green-white-checkered but still came home with an eighth-place finish. Not a bad night for everyone on this Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s team.”

-Ryan Newman

RCR Post Race Report – Coca-Cola Firecracker 250

Matt Tifft and the No. 2 KC Motorgroup Camaro Team Salvage Top-20 Finish at Daytona International Speedway

“We had a great No. 2 KC Motorgroup Chevrolet Camaro tonight and ran in the top 10 for the majority of the race. We started off too heavy on the splitter but worked to get it exactly where it needed to be for the final stage. The bottom lane was best for us all night. Unfortunately during the final stage, the 60 car kept going high to the middle and leaving a gap, so I started to move around him when he came down on me and spun us around. My team gave it their all and repaired it enough for us to stay out for the remainder of the race. Every point matters when you’re running for a championship, and we made sure to get every one we could despite our circumstances. We made gains throughout all three restrictor-plate races this season. We just don’t have the finishes to show it. We’ll get back after it here in February.”

-Matt Tifft
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RCR Event Preview – Daytona International Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at Daytona International Speedway … Dating back to 1976, Richard Childress Racing has won 11 poles and collected six points-paying victories at the most-storied race track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit. RCR owns three Daytona 500 wins (Dale Earnhardt – 1998, Kevin Harvick – 2007, Austin Dillon – 2018), three Coke Zero 400 trophies (Earnhardt – 1990, 1993 and Harvick – 2010) and 14 qualifying races, including 10-consecutive victories with Earnhardt (1990 – 1999). In addition, RCR has earned the Advance Auto Parts Clash a total of eight times, with drivers Harvick (2009, 2010, 2013) and Earnhardt (1986, ’88, ’91, ’93, and ’95).

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,874 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,055 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Daytona International Speedway