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Richard Childress Racing–ISM Connect 300

Austin Dillon Earns 19th-Place Finish in Chevrolet Accessories SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

“We had a decent Chevrolet Accessories SS today but I think that long red flag hurt us. We had a little bit of front end damage, and the brakes getting hot and then cooling down during the red flag certainly did not help. We’re 13th in points now heading into the cuff off race, so our goals for Dover are to go out and have a good race. We’ll see where we end up, and hope for the best.”

– Austin Dillon
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Richard Childress Racing–VisitMyrtleBeach 300

Ben Kennedy Finishes 11th at Kentucky Speedway in the Rheem Chevrolet

“We worked hard for our finish tonight. We were fast in practice and qualifying, but once the sun went down to start the race, our Rheem Chevrolet was too loose. I couldn’t put much wheel into it without wrecking. The team took big swings at the handling with air pressures and trackbar adjustments to tighten me up during our stops. We found adjustments that worked for our Camaro, and I was feeling more comfortable with the balance at the end of the race. There just wasn’t enough time to make up the ground we had lost at the end. I wish we could have finished in the top 10, but it was a hard-fought 11th-place finish.”

– Ben Kennedy Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–VisitMyrtleBeach 300

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Ryan Newman

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CHILDRESS VINEYARDS CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and discussed his current position in the Chase, the severity of penalty levied against the No. 24 team this past week, running the modified race and many other topics. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing–ISM Connect 300

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 121 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. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–ISM Connect 300

Richard Childress Racing–Tales of the Turtles 400

Austin Dillon Earns 16th-Place Finish at Chicagoland Speedway Despite Pit Road Speeding Penalty in the Dow Univar Chevrolet

“We had a really good Dow Univar Chevrolet, truthfully. It was a top five car but we got behind. It’s just frustrating. I put ourselves in a hole speeding on pit road and just trying to get too much. You talk about not making mistakes, and we made one. We were two laps down. We got one back. We were racing Kyle Busch in the No. 18 car for a long time, and he’s a hard one to beat for the Lucky Dog. I had him for a long time. But, there were just no cautions today. We needed more cautions. We’re not going to hang our heads. We’re going to pick ourselves up, go onto New Hampshire Motor Speedway and we’re going to be just fine.” Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Tales of the Turtles 400

Richard Childress Racing–Chicagoland 300

Austin Dillon Continues Streak of Top-Six Finishes in NASCAR XFINITY Series Competition at Chicagoland Speedway with Fifth-Place Result in Rheem Chevrolet

“I really didn’t have anything for the lead pack guys in the Rheem Chevrolet today. I almost feel like our motor was hurting there at the end. Something must have gotten on the grill because I could not go on the last restart. I was wide open through the corner and it just would not go anywhere, so we’ll take a look at the car and see what it did there and keep working on it. I’m proud of our guys. We worked hard for that finish. I wish we could have come home first, second or third there. Overall, the speed just wasn’t there.” Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Chicagoland 300

Richard Childress Racing–Chicagoland 400 Preview

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Chicagoland Speedway … Richard Childress Racing has two victories at Chicagoland Speedway with Kevin Harvick’s back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002. In 51 starts at the 1.5-mile suburban Chicago tri-oval, Richard Childress Racing teams have a combined 10 top-five, 19 top-10 finishes and one pole award with Jeff Burton in 2006. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Chicagoland 400 Preview

Richard Childress Racing–Virginia529 College Savings 250

Paul Menard and the Richmond / Menards Team Earn 19th-Place Finish at Richmond Raceway Following Unscheduled Pit Stops

“Tonight was my last NASCAR XFINITY Series race for this Richard Childress Racing team, so I was hoping to close out the season on a high note with a win. It wasn’t meant to be. Everything was fine and then all of the sudden, whoa, I could feel a vibration very strong coming from the right side. We ended up making two unscheduled pit stops and went three laps down. It’s a shame but sometimes that’s how it goes.”

– Paul Menard Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Virginia529 College Savings 250

Richard Childress Racing–Richmond 400 Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Richmond International Raceway … Richard Childress has nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories as a car owner at Richmond International Raceway – five with Dale Earnhardt, three with Kevin Harvick and one with Clint Bowyer. Additionally, in 163 starts at the Richmond, Va.-based track, RCR drivers have claimed 36 top-five and 68 top-10 finishes. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR’s senior circuit, contributed three of those top-10 finishes from 1976-1978.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,813 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 484 top-five finishes and 1,047 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. 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.

Support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma … Sign up for the Childress Vineyards/RCR/ECR 5K presented by Performance Springs, Inc. benefiting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma on Sept. 16 at 5 pm at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, N.C. The race includes a grape stomp and complimentary glass of wine afterward. You can Race and Stomp for $35 or Stomp and Support while relaxing in the pavilion at the winery for only $20.00. Register now and help Save Injured Kids at https://saveinjuredkids.org/5k/.

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, www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.

Catch the Action … The Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, September 9 on NBC Sports Network beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
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This Week’s DOWFROST™ Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway … In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Dillon’s best finish at the track to-date is 13th in September 2016. He also earned his best starting position of eighth in that edition of the race.

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AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
Since you have a win and you’re locked into the Playoffs, are you going to try and stay away from those guys trying to get the final Playoff spots, or is it inevitable?
“No, we’ve got to do what we can to get bonus points for the playoffs.  We will be up in there trying to get one of our better runs at Richmond. We’ve gotten better and better as we have gone through the years there.  Looking forward to the Richmond race.”

What makes Richmond International Raceway so fun for drivers?
“Well, the fall off on the tires I think is what is so interesting.  You can go from having a really good run to a bad run in 20 laps. The difference on tires is that great.  It is a place that fall-off matters.  You really have to baby the car, talk to the car and keep up with adjustments as the rubber and temperature changes.”

This Week’s Richmond / Menards Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway … Menard has made 21 MENCS starts at the 0.75-mile Richmond Raceway since his first event in 2007. During that time, Menard has recorded one top-five and one top-10 finish, led four laps, has an average start of 24.9 and has an average finish of 24.4. He has completed 96.8 percent of the laps he has attempted.

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PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
With this new package, what did you pick up from the race at Richmond earlier this year that you can apply to this weekend’s event?
“There’s not much we learned earlier this year that we can apply this time around at Richmond. We were OK there in the spring race. The cars have evolved quite a bit since then – different chassis, different clips, things like that. We’ll just try to make the right decisions to get us close to where we were before but also moving forward and improving with the evolution of the sport.”

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Richmond Raceway … Ryan Newman will make his 557th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the final race of the regular 2017 season. In 31 MENCS events at Richmond International Raceway, Newman visited victory lane at the fall event in 2003. The “Rocket Man” also owns one pole award from the fall of 2004. In total, he owns six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. Newman ranks seventh in most championship points earned over the last 10 events at Richmond.

Winner, Winner … Newman punched his ticket to the MENCS playoffs with a victory at Phoenix Raceway on March 19th in the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet. The win equates to the driver’s 18th-career Cup Series victory and RCR’s 106th.

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RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
How does it feel to be locked into the Playoffs versus having to race your way in like the last few years?
“For the first time in six, seven years, I’m locked in with a win. This Caterpillar team doesn’t have to go into Richmond grinding it out for our first win to get in or lock in on points. Getting that win changed our year, but it didn’t change how we fight as a team. The Phoenix win gave us a lot of hope for the sake of our chances were good that we were locked in. At that point, there were no guarantees, but it was still huge for us, not only for this year but for the fact that the last three years we were close several times, especially Homestead in 2014, but to get that first victory for myself, for Luke, for Richard, for Caterpillar, Grainger, for everybody, that was huge for us.

How are you approaching the Playoffs with Richmond being the last race in the so-called regular season?
“We really have focused on races like Michigan, Bristol, Darlington and Richmond getting top-five, top-10 finishes to prepare for the final 10 races. This team plans to fight going into the Playoffs. We didn’t want to be riding along thinking this is easy … it’s going to be a cake walk. We’ve seen some teams do that. But for guys like us, we want to pounce in Chicago, New Hampshire and Dover. The way we approach a championship has works for us. Hopefully we can finish one spot better than what we did in 2014.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Richmond International Raceway … In 87 Series starts at the 0.75-mile raceway, RCR has captured six victories with drivers Kevin Harvick (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2012) and Clint Bowyer (2007). The Welcome, North Carolina organization has accumulated seven pole awards, 26 top-five finishes, 48 top-10 finishes, led 1,894 laps and averages a starting position of 11.0 and finishing position of 12.5. RCR has completed 20,747 laps of the 21,392 (97.0 percent) that they have competed.

Darlington Review …Ty Dillon was the highest RCR finisher in seventh, Austin Dillon 10th, Brendan Gaughan 13th, Daniel Hemric 18th and Brandon Jones 23rd, respectively, at Darlington Raceway.
The Points …All three RCR XFINITY Series full-time drivers remain in the top 20 of the driver point standings as the series heads to Richmond International Raceway for the 25th event of the season. Daniel Hemric is currently fifth, Brendan Gaughan is 11th and Brandon Jones is 16th. The No. 2 RCR team is currently eighth in the owner point standings, with the No. 3 RCR team right behind in ninth. Daniel Hemric is currently second in the XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings.

Catch the Action … Coverage of this weekend’s Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway will be televised live on Friday, Sept. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. It will also be broadcast live on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

This Week’s Richmond / Menards Chevrolet Camaro at Richmond International Raceway …  Menard has made 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 0.75-mile Richmond Raceway since his first event in 2004. During that time, Menard has recorded three top-five and five top-10 finishes, led 160 laps, has an average start of 16.3 and has an average finish of 16.2. This will be Menard’s first NXS start at Richmond Raceway since 2011, when he finished second.

That’s a Wrap … This weekend’s race will be Menard’s seventh and final NXS start in the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet. So far this season, Menard has recorded two top-five and three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
Do you prefer racing at night or during the day at Richmond Raceway?
“I always think short tracks and night racing make the best combination. I definitely enjoy the Richmond night race more than the Richmond day race. It just adds a little extra level of excitement.”

This Week’s Rheem Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway … Ty Dillon will make his tenth start at Richmond Raceway this weekend in the No. 3 Rheem Chevrolet. In his nine previous starts, Dillon has scored six top-10 finishes, with his best finish of second place coming in 2016. Also in 2016, he earned his best starting position when he took the green flag in the second position. Dillon has completed all but one lap of all nine races that he’s competed in at Richmond. He will race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the second time at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night.

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Meet Dillon … Fans will have an opportunity to meet Dillon on Saturday afternoon in Richmond when he appears at the Team Chevy stage in the fan midway. Dillon will be answering questions and signing autographs for fans at 5:00 p.m. ET.

TY DILLON QUOTE:
Richmond typically turns into a wild affair because it’s under the lights and the last race before the Playoffs for the Cup Series. What are expecting as we head to the short track?
“We were really fast in the spring at Richmond in both the Cup and XFINITY Series. I’m really looking forward to heading back there to have another shot at Victory Lane. Racing under the lights gets people amped up on its own, but it gets even crazier when everyone have so much on the line. Most people are in a must-win situation to make the Playoffs. We’re looking to have a good run and capitalize on the speed that we had there back in April on Friday night and Saturday. The only goal on both nights is to win.”

This Week’s Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Camaro at Richmond Raceway … Hemric returns to Richmond Raceway for his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the 0.75-mile track. In his first start at Richmond in April, Hemric scored his first-career XFINITY Series pole award, scored stage points in Stage 1 and 2, and earned a third-place finish after leading 26 laps.

Meet the Driver … Fans will have two opportunities to meet Hemric on Friday, Sept. 8 at Richmond Raceway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender will be at the Team Chevy stage for a Q&A session in the Fan Zone starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by the XFINITY Series autograph session on Friday, Sept. 8, starting at 1:45 p.m. ET in the Richmond Raceway Amphitheater.

Locked In … With his finish at Darlington Raceway last weekend, Hemric has locked himself into the XFINITY Series Playoffs, which kicks off at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 23.

Rearview Mirror: Darlington … Hemric’s first trip to this historic Darlington Raceway resulted in an 18th-place finish. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender qualified the throwback No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet in the third position and earned points in Stage 1 and 2 by running inside the top 10. However, Hemric lost track position in the final stage when restarting on the bottom lane for the final four restarts of the event.

DANIEL HEMRIC QUOTES:
Earlier this year you sat on the pole and finished third at Richmond in your first XFINITY Series start there. What is it about that track that allowed you to take to it so quickly?
“I fell in love with Richmond during my first start there earlier this year. Tire fall off is huge, and it takes me back to some of the slickest short tracks I raced on growing up. As a driver, it’s always fun to tap back in to some of those roots, and you have to be so self-disciplined to make speed over the course of a long run, which is always challenging. We had good speed last time we were there and came up two spots short, but we have used that as motivation to improve and build a stronger race team for our return to Richmond this coming weekend as we get closer to the Playoffs.”

You locked yourself into the XFINITY Series Playoffs last weekend, what does that do for you and the team over the final two races of the regular season?
“Being able to lock ourselves into that Playoff spot at Darlington was a big deal for this Blue Gate Bank team. That was one of the goals we set forth at the beginning of the year, so it was nice to check that box. It allows us to race almost without any pressure for two weeks, try some things we’ve been thinking about before the Playoffs begin and really show the competition how we plan to race once the Playoffs do get underway at Kentucky in a few weeks. Making the Playoffs was one of the goals we had going into the year, now we can focus on the ultimate goal of making it to the final four in Homestead and competing for this championship.”

This Week’s Phone Skope Chevrolet Camaro at Richmond International Raceway … Brandon Jones has three previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the .75-mile Richmond Raceway, with his best finish of 15th coming in spring of 2016. The 20-year-old driver also has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, with a highest result of seventh during the 2014 season.

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Meet Brandon Jones …  Fans will have multiple chances to meet Jones at Richmond Raceway. He will be available for a fan Q&A session at the Team Chevy stage beginning at 1 p.m. local time on Friday, September 8. Jones will also take part in the XFINITY Series Autograph session at the Richmond Raceway Amphitheater starting at 1:45 p.m. local time on Friday as well.

BRANDON JONES QUOTE:
Everyone says Richmond Raceway is one of the more technical tracks we visit. This time we’ll be doing some short track racing at night. How does the day compare to the night at Richmond?
“To me, Richmond Raceway is one of the toughest tracks we have on the schedule. It’s a very flat, very technical short track. There’s a lot of things I feel that I could improve on at Richmond, so I’ll be studying hard to prepare for this weekend, whether it’s reviewing past races or having some time in our simulator. I’ll take a look back to see where my strengths were and where my weaknesses were in the spring and we’ll develop a plan from there. With the day versus night aspect, it’ll be hard to set our No. 33 Phone Skope Chevy up this weekend. We’ll be trying to set up our car for night time for when we race, but our practice session will be early Friday morning. It’s a tough track to balance, but I’m confident that our No. 33 team can handle it.”

This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway … Brendan Gaughan has 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Richmond Raceway, collecting two top-10 finishes. His best result of seventh came in the spring of 2016. The veteran driver also has two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the .75-mile raceway and three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, which resulted in one top-10 finish. Gaughan has completed 98.4 percent of all laps he has attempted at Richmond Raceway.

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Meet Gaughan … Gaughan will be available for a Q&A session on Friday, September 8 at the Team Chevy stage located in Richmond Raceway’s Fan Zone beginning at 12:45 p.m. local time. He will also take part in the XFINITY Series autograph session starting at 1:45 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Amphitheater on Friday afternoon.

BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
We’ve got Richmond Raceway under the lights this weekend. What are your thoughts on some nighttime short track racing?
“I’ve tried everything with Richmond. I even tried to be Tim Richmond last time! I tried to channel my inner Tim Richmond and it still just doesn’t work. Everyone else loves Richmond, fans, drivers, everyone. I just haven’t had the best times there. Even my good races there, bad things happen. For some reason, that’s been my Achilles’ heel in my career. I’ve tried going in there loving it. I’ve tried going in there with different attitudes, with all sorts of theories, and nothing has gotten us what we need to get over that hump. It’s a great short track and fans get a great race out of it. It’s a night race this time, and I love night racing there. It’s a purist form of racing, and I love that. But for some reason, Richmond Raceway and I are just not simpatico.”R Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Richmond 400 Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Southern 500

Austin Dillon Earns Best-Career Darlington Raceway Finish with Fourth-Place Showing in American Ethanol’s Throwback Chevrolet

“I’m just really proud of this team for bringing this Dale Earnhardt scheme out and making it run good like that. It means a lot to me, all the RCR guys and all of Dale’s fans. I’m proud to represent tonight. It was a good time, for sure. Our American Ethanol Chevy was really good on the long run, and that’s what we needed at the end. That last long run where we didn’t take tires… that was like water torture in the car. That’s a long run at Darlington with no tires. It’s been a fun year and hopefully we can take this into the playoffs and run really well. You want the momentum going into the playoffs and that’s what’s happening for our team. We have a great group of people at RCR. We’re a big family team that works hard.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Southern 500

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Austin Dillon and the Rheem Team Show Speed on the Long Run at Darlington Raceway

“Darlington Raceway is definitely a track where you race the racetrack instead of your competitors and that was our plan heading into this race. Our goal was to race the track until about 15 laps to go and then show everyone what we had, so I was definitely saving my equipment. I had made a lot of ground on the field and was pretty good on the long run. I was able to race my way up to fifth or sixth but I overshot my pit on the last restart and had to backup. We ended up finishing 10th but I know we could have had a shot at it.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200

Richard Childress Racing–Southern 500 Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Darlington Raceway … Richard Childress is tied for third in all-time car owner victories with Holman-Moody and the Wood Brothers at Darlington Raceway with eight wins each. Dale Earnhardt collected all of RCR’s victories at the South Carolina-based track. In 118 collective starts, RCR boasts 22 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval with five different drivers including Clint Bowyer, Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman and Robby Gordon. The Welcome, North Carolina-based organization holds an average starting position of 17th, an average finishing position of 18th, has completed 36,843 of the 40,765 contested laps (90.4 percent) and has collectively led 2,606 laps.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,810 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 483 top-five finishes and 1,045 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. 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.

Support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma … Sign up for the Childress Vineyards/RCR/ECR 5K presented by Performance Springs, Inc. benefiting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma on Sept. 16 at 5 pm at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, N.C. The race includes a grape stomp and complimentary glass of wine afterward. You can Race and Stomp for $35 or Stomp and Support while relaxing in the pavilion at the winery for only $20.00. Register now and help Save Injured Kids at https://saveinjuredkids.org/5k/. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Southern 500 Advance

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Late-Race Spin Foils Potential Top-Five Run at Road America for Ben Kennedy

“We had a strong No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet, running up front today at Road America. Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and the team had a great strategy crafted to get me track position and help keep me up there fighting for the lead throughout the race. At one point we had the fastest car on the track for a while. Unfortunately, the car wheel hopped getting into Turn 5 during the final stage and I spun, which was a bummer since we were the first car that could make it to the end on fuel at that point of the race. We didn’t get the finish we deserved, but I can’t say enough about the No. 2 team. They did their jobs all weekend long and gave me a great shot at it today.”

– Ben Kennedy

Scott Lagasse Jr. Perseveres Through Road Course Chaos in the Bellin Health / American Cancer Society Chevrolet

“It was a crazy day of road course racing for our Bellin Health / American Cancer Society Chevy team here at Road America. I went off course in the first stage trying to make a pass and got caught in the sand trap. We recovered well from that and worked on a strategy to get back up into the top 15. I’ve never raced at this track in the XFINITY Series before, so I was trying to get a handle on the braking zones and learn the ins-and-outs of the course. It was a big learning curve, but I was getting the hang of it. On the last lap though, I just had to be aggressive to get a solid finish for this team and spun off track. So, it wasn’t a finish that showed our speed or effort, but we all did our part and laid it all out there today.”

– Scott Lagasse Jr.

Daniel Hemric Leads Laps, Wins Stage 2, but Finishes 15th After Pit Road Speeding Penalty

“We had a really strong Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet and Danny Stockman’s adjustments made it even better. We used some strategy to get upfront and I was able to drive to the lead in Stage 2. Getting another stage win was big. On that last stop of the day I thought I was good, but they said I was speeding and that killed our chances. I’ll have to go back and look at that one. I did all I could to make up for it, but we just never got the caution we needed. This one hurts. I’ll try to swallow this one and head to Darlington next week, a place I’ve been looking forward to all year.”

– Daniel Hemric

Pit Road Penalties Plague Brandon Jones’ Day at Road America

“That certainly wasn’t the day we expected to have in our No. 33 Jeld-Wen / Menards Chevrolet. Starting 22nd due to being lined up by owner points after weather cancelled qualifying, we were making some good headway in gaining track position. We ran in the top 15 for most of Stage 1 and 2. Unfortunately, we had some issues with speeding on pit road twice in a row during the final stage, which killed our forward movement. We had a decent car otherwise, but just had a couple errors that cost us the finish we deserved.”
– Brandon Jones

Brendan Gaughan Leads the RCR XFINITY Series Teams with a Top-Five Finish at Road America

“We had a great South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet today. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) and our team banked on the rain that didn’t come when we decided on this setup, so we had to make some big changes on pit road during the first caution of the day to get it back right. I was able to get back up there and run in the top 10 during the last two stages. In the end though, it just wasn’t meant to be our day. We gambled with pit strategy, but it didn’t work out. We burned our tires out and didn’t have anything for the guys with fresher tires there in the final laps. I love coming to Road America; it’s one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. I’m proud of the effort this team put in today, and this solid finish is what we need as we continue in the hunt for the playoffs.”
– Brendan Gaughan Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Johnsonville 180

Richard Childress Racing–Johnsonville 180 Preview

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America … In 19 Series starts at the 4.048-mile road course, RCR has captured three consecutive victories with drivers Brendan Gaughan (2014), Paul Menard (2015) and Michael McDowell (2016). The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has completed 937 laps of the 951 (98.5 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated six top-five and eight top-10 finishes, led 52 laps and averages a starting position of 12.4 and finishing position of 11.8. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Johnsonville 180 Preview

Richard Childress Racing–Bass Pro NRA Night Race

Cut Tire Ends Austin Dillon’s Race Early in the Dow Energy and Water Chevrolet

“From my perspective, we were running really good and all of the sudden the left-rear tire went flat. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if we had contact on the restart or if our track bar broke. My car chief was standing in Turn 3 and he said the letters on the Goodyear tire were rubbed off and about two laps later we were done for the night. It’s really disappointing because I was moving forward. I passed about four cars and then busted a tire. It never works out that you break when you are running bad. It always happens when you are running really well. I really love this track and was having a blast tonight. It sucks to end this way. We had a lot of people here from the Dow Energy and Water family, and we had a good car all night. I just wish we could have finished.”

– Austin Dillon

Paul Menard Fights to 16th-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in Knauf/Menards Chevrolet

“Tonight was a battle for everyone on this Knauf/Menards Chevrolet. We got the free pass a couple of times, Matt Borland and the guys kept adjusting on the car throughout the night. We used pit strategy to get inside the top 10 late in Stage 2. I was able to hold off a lot of those guys with fresher tires to pick up some stage points, which was big for this team. We took the wave around in the final stage and the car really came to life. The car worked well on the bottom on the last run, but it just got too tight at the end.”

– Paul Menard

Ryan Newman Earns Caterpillar Racing Its Ninth Top-10 of the Season at Bristol Motor Speedway

“Overall, I’m proud of our team effort. I was too fast on pit road, which cost us, but the guys did a good job in the pits which was a great help. We fought hard and kind of got lucky there with tires. I don’t know that we had a sixth-place car, but we did tonight. It was a lot of fun out there and I think we are all looking forward to the last off weekend of the season.”

– Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing–Rheem 300

Defending Bristol Motor Speedway Race Winner Austin Dillon Earns Top-10 Finish in Rheem Chevrolet

“We were a little slow to take off but once we got going, the Rheem Chevrolet was really fast tonight. We fell behind a little bit with a loose wheel and didn’t have a set of tires at the end of the race. It’s just racing. That happens. We’ll be back strong in the Cup car tomorrow.”

– Austin Dillon
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Richard Childress Racing–Bristol Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 164 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 67 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has led 3,678 laps at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Bristol Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Pure Michigan 400

Solid Performance by Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Dow Automotive Magna Team Earns RCR A Seventh-Place Finish at Michigan International Speedway

“We needed that finish. The guys did a good job. This team has come a long, long way in the past couple of weeks. The Dow Automotive Magna Chevrolet was very drivable throughout the race, we just needed a little more speed to really get after it. We had good pit strategy and adjusted the car well. It’s been a while since we’ve had a race car capable of doing something. RCR has been working hard and we need to hit our stride right when we get to the start of the playoffs. Kyle Larson’s win officially locked us into the playoffs, taking a little bit of pressure off of our backs now.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Pure Michigan 400

Richard Childress Racing–Michigan Advance

Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway … In 164 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 23 top-five and 55 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. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Michigan Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Watkins Glen 355

Austin Dillon Finishes 26th After Running Out of Fuel With
Two Laps Remaining

“We just didn’t have the speed we needed in our No. 3 Dow STEM Chevrolet today. Our handling was a little off throughout the day today. I was too loose in essess and had trouble getting through the bus stop. We gambled on our fuel strategy when we pitted under that final caution, knowing we’d have to save to avoid being one lap short. I saved as much as I could by doing things like short-shifting, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough this time and we ran out with just two laps to go. We’ll learn from this though and be better next time.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Watkins Glen 355