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Richard Childress Racing–Coca-Cola 600 Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Charlotte Motor Speedway … In 160 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing teams have earned eight points-paying victories (four wins with Dale Earnhardt, one with Jeff Burton, two with Kevin Harvick and one with Austin Dillon) and four All-Star race victories (three with Earnhardt and one with Harvick), giving RCR 12 total Cup Series checkered flags at the Concord, N.C.-based track. RCR boasts 23 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR’s senior circuit, contributed two of those top-10 finishes from 1978 to 1979. The Welcome, N.C. organization has led a combined 1,156 laps at the Charlotte facility.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,870 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 16.1. 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.

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 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, May 27 beginning at 6 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Coca-Cola Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Dillon is the defending Coca-Cola 600 Champion, earning his career-first win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in May 2017. In total, Dillon has eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with two top-10 finishes. He is a two-time winner at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The Coca-Cola Company … The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest total beverage company, offering over 500 brands to people in more than 200 countries. Of our 21 billion-dollar brands, 19 are available in lower- and no-sugar options to help people everywhere more easily control added sugar. In addition to our namesake Coca-Cola drinks, some of our household names around the world include: AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater, and Zico coconut water. At Coca-Cola, we’re serious about making positive contributions to our world. That starts with reducing sugar in our drinks and bringing new and different drinks to people everywhere. It also means continuously working to reduce our environmental impact, creating rewarding careers for our associates, and bringing economic opportunity wherever we operate. In fact, together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people around the world. For more information, visit our digital magazine Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow The Coca-Cola Company on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn .

Meet Dillon … Fans in the Charlotte area have several chances to meet Dillon this week. On Wednesday, May 23, Dillon will sign autographs at RCR’s Fan Appreciation Day at the RCR Museum in Welcome, N.C. from 10-11 a.m. On Thursday, May 24, Dillon is scheduled to join Ty Dillon, Ryan Newman and Richard Childress at Bass Pro Shops in Concord Mills Mall at 11 a.m. ET. You can also meet Dillon at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 25 at Childress Vineyards as part of the Honky Tonk Throwdown Pit Stops for Hope Benefit. Dillon is also scheduled to make an appearance at Coca-Cola Speed Street on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. ET.

Austin Dillon’s Honky Tonk Throwdown Pit Stops for Hope Benefit … It’s a one night two-step with No. 3! Celebrate with Dillon at Childress Vineyards on his win at the 2018 Daytona 500. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local tornado relief through Pit Stops for Hope. Saddle up for a night of bulls, boots, and bottles. Participate in a mechanical bull riding competition, Daisy Duke and vintage t-shirt contests with cash prizes, and much more! The event takes place on Friday, May 25 from 5-10 p.m. at Childress Vineyards (1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington, NC 27295). For tickets, visit https://childressvineyards.ticketleap.com/austinhonkytonk/dates/May-25-2018_at_0500PM

Austin Dillon Quotes:
Big weekend for you going back as the defending race winner and having Coca-Cola on your car for the weekend. How much confidence do you have going back to Charlotte Motor Speedway?
“It is really cool to have a brand like Coca-Cola behind you at the Coke 600. Partnering with Coca-Cola and the USO on the car is really exciting. It’s an awesome looking car. That red paint scheme looks great with the No. 3 there by it. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”

Talk about Ryan Owens, who will be the military member on your windshield for the Coca-Cola 600. …
“It is always nice to have the opportunity to give back as we are running those 600 miles of remembrance to a family that has given so much to this country. Last year, we were able to share our whole race and race win with the family of Joshua Harris and this year with Ryan Owens on the car, hopefully we can do the same thing.”

This Week’s Liberty National Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Ryan Newman will make his 597th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes in the longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night. In total at CMS, Newman has recorded runner-up finishes two times (fall, 2003; Coke 600, 2009) along with nine pole awards, five top-five, 15 top-10 finishes. The “Rocketman” has led 278 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 9.5 and average finish of 17.7. When calculating points earned in the last 10 events at Charlotte, Newman ranks seventh in most points accumulated.

600 Miles of Remembrance … The No. 31 team will be honoring U.S. Navy HM1 Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman Ryan Lohrey. Lohrey, like Newman, was a native of Indiana and entered basic training in 2007. He deployed with 2d Reconnaissance Battalion and later with the 2d Raider Battalion and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. Lohrey lost his life on July 10, 2017, along with his Marine Raider teammates in a place crash in Mississippi.

Liberty National … Ryan Newman, a Liberty National Life Insurance Company policyholder, will be behind the wheel of a Memorial Day themed Liberty National Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Liberty National has been in the insurance industry since 1900 and offers affordable life and supplemental health insurance to middle-income Americans through in-home and workplace sales. With local offices throughout the United States, Liberty National’s Agency Owners will be featured on the hood of the No. 31 car in each of its primary races. Liberty National, Ryan Newman, and Richard Childress Racing share an admiration and appreciation for veterans who have served to protect our country. Liberty National hires former military and is proud to have many veterans call Liberty National their career homes today. Visit LNLCareers.com/Atlanta to learn more about career opportunities with Liberty National.

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Meet Newman … On Wednesday, May 23, Dillon will sign autographs at RCR’s Fan Appreciation Day at the RCR Museum in Welcome, N.C. at 11.a.m. with crew chief Luke Lambert. Thursday Newman is scheduled to sign autographs along with Austin and Ty Dillon and Richard Childress at Bass Pro Shops at 11 a.m. Bass Pro Shops is located at the Concord Mills Mall by the Speedway Blvd. exit off Interstate 85. If you are at the track on Sunday, Newman is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session on behalf of Coca-Cola Racing at the Pit Party Stage starting at 2:20 p.m. inside Turn 1. Fans will need to upgrade their race ticket to receive a Pit Party pass to attend. To upgrade, visit: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/coca-cola-600/. At 2:45 p.m., he’ll stop by the Chevy Stage to greet fans as well.

Rescue Ranch Founder’s Dinner … Tickets are available now for the Rescue Ranch Founder’s Dinner. Join Krissie on June 7th for a fun evening highlighting the importance of agriculture in Iredell County and featuring fresh local food. To purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2KKbjc7.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What is the most important thing to get right for a chance to win the Coca-Cola 600?
“A lot about this race is speed and durability. It’s the longest race of the year, and everyone knows that. The track typically goes through a lot of changes over the course of the night. Keeping yourself in the game is really what it is all about. The last thing you want is a bad pit stop under green. Things like that that will put you a lap down and pretty much out of the race. It’s really similar to how you race the Daytona 500. It’s all about keeping all the simple things in check, but you also must have a fast race car to be there in the end.”

What is the most challenging aspect of this race?
“The challenge for the Coca-Cola 600 is predicting how the track well change, how the temperature fluctuations, how will the grip move around. It’s a crap shoot so-to-speak on predicting what changes are going to happen throughout the night and the team that’s able to anticipate and stay ahead of the curve best will be tough to beat.”

How hard is it to stay focused for 600 miles?
“The stages definitely help break things up. It’s a long race both physically and mentally. It’s the toughest race we have. Physically you must be hydrated properly because if it is hot out, it tough to have that much fluid to be that warm for that long. When your physical parts start to fail, your mental well-being shortly follows because you start worrying about things and losing focus is not what you want to happen when you are going 200 miles-per-hour.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway … In 92 Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, RCR has captured four victories with drivers Jeff Green (2002), Jeff Burton (2007) and Austin Dillon (2015). The Welcome, North Carolina organization has completed 17,534 laps of the 18,407 (95.3 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated eight pole awards, 24 top-five and 50 top-10 finishes, led 745 laps and averages a starting position of 10.8 and finishing position of 12.4.

Dover Review … Daniel Hemric was the highest RCR finisher in third, with Matt Tifft and Jeb Burton finishing eighth and 12th, respectively, in the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway.

The Points … Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft currently sit fifth and 10th, respectively, in the Xfinity Series driver point standings. The No. 3 RCR team is currently 14th in the series owner point standings.

Catch the Action … Coverage of this week’s Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

This Week’s KCMG Chevrolet Camaro at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Matt Tifft has three previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in which he collected two top-10 finishes. His best result of eighth came in October 2016.Tifft also has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, earning two top-10 starting spots, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He has completed 100 percent of all laps he has attempted at the speedway.

About KCMG … KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) is an international motorsport services group established in 2007 by Dr. Paul Ip. The group, with its headquarters located in Hong Kong, has operations reaching across Europe and the Asia Pacific region. KCMG operates closely with many partner companies and racing organizations around the world to provide unrivalled Motorsport Services, Equipment, Team Management and quality distributorship in the Automotive Industry. 2013 saw KCMG become the first Chinese outfit ever to race at the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours in its 90-year history and participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Hong Kong-based team later on took an historic LMP2 victory at Le Mans and was Vice Champion in FIA WEC in 2015. With years in the motorsport industry, KCMG has been involved in a wide range of Formula, GT and Le Mans prototype endurance racing series across the globe. For more information please visit www.kcmg.com.hk or email info@kcmg.hk.

Little 600 … Tifft competed in Go Pro Motorplex’s fifth annual Little 600 on Tuesday, May 22. Fans are invited to come out to the motorplex to watch as some of NASCAR’s top drivers battle bumper-to-bumper in go-karts to help kick off the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Gates open at 5 p.m. local time. Visit gopromotorplex.com for more details.

RCR Fan Appreciation Day … Fans have the opportunity to meet Tifft when he appears along side his RCR Xfinity Series teammates for an autograph session at 2 p.m. local time during RCR’s Fan Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 23. 150 wristbands will be passed out for this session at the RCR Museum and Team Store located at 236 Industrial Drive, Lexington, NC 27295. Visit store.rcrracing.comto learn more.

Meet Tifft … Tifft will be appearing at the Team Chevy Stage for a Q&A session beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Thursday, May 24. Fans can find the stage located in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Fan Zone.

MATT TIFFT QUOTES:
This weekend Cup drivers are back in the field after not being in the four Dash 4 Cash races. What has it been like for you not having them in the field, and what do you expect this weekend with them in the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
“I think not having the Cup drivers in the field was a nice preview for the rest of the season since they won’t be in any of the playoff races. I think those races had some of the best racing so far in the Xfinity Series this season, so that’s a positive to look forward to. I think even with the Cup guys back in the field, the same cars that were fast the past couple of weeks will still be fast. The best teams always rise to the top, and everyone else is still trying to close that gap. I think this week is an opportunity to prove that we’ve grown as a team since the April Texas race, which was the last time we raced against the Cup guys. It will be cool to see where we stack up against them now that a little time has passed.”

Is racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway extra special seeing as it is a lot of teams’ home track?
“Yeah I think it is. In one view, it’s another 1.5-mile track, which we have a lot of in the playoffs, so it’s another chance for us to gain some knowledge on those types of tracks. We have the Roval the next time we’re at Charlotte, but there are still things we can learn this weekend to help us in the fall. Getting the idea of a hot, slick intermediate track is still very important since that also makes up a huge chunk of the summer. This weekend is a good test to see where our car is at with those handling characteristics. The first few races we’ve had this year have been freezing with overcast temperatures, so we haven’t had much of a chance to learn as we normally do on these types of tracks. But for sure when you’re this close to home, you definitely want that win. It’s fun for the crew guys to be able to come and bring their families out to the track to see what we do every weekend, so you definitely have a pressure to perform well.”

This Week’s Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Ty Dillon has eight previous starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning four top-10 finishes. His highest finish of sixth place came in the fall of 2015. Dillon also has two previous starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at the 1.5-mile track, and he scored his best finish of 21st place in the fall of 2017. He has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Charlotte. He won the pole award in 2012 and followed that up with a second-place starting position in 2013. Dillon earned top-10 finishes in both races, earning his best finish of fifth place in 2013.

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Meet Dillon … Fans will have multiple opportunities to meet Dillon throughout the weekend in Charlotte, NC. On Wednesday afternoon, he will appear at RCR Fan Appreciation day to meet fans and sign autographs from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET. The following day, he will join Richard Childress, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman at Bass Pro Shops on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. ET. Autograph wristbands will be given out to the first 150 people in line at 10:00 a.m. ET prior to the appearance. Dillon will also be around town on Friday afternoon, appearing at the Walmart Supercenter on Thunder Road in Concord, NC, with Nexium® 24HR to sign autographs beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. He will then head to Speed Street where he will visit the GEICO display from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET to meet fans.

TY DILLON QUOTE:
What are your thoughts as you climb back into a Xfinity Series car for the first time since Texas at the beginning of April?
“I will definitely have to get back into the swing of Xfinity racing this weekend, but I’ve had so much experience in these cars that it will be like riding a bike when I get into our Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet. I’ve raced so many times at Charlotte that I’ve gotten a handle of how to work with the car as the track changes with the temperature and weather. It’s such a sensitive racetrack, but our team knows that we need to be ready for anything and adjust accordingly. I, of course, like having the extra seat time. It doesn’t always translate as much to the Cup car in preparing for Sunday, but this track in particular is such a challenge that it’s fun to do both races. It certainly keeps you on your toes and prepares you for Sunday in that sense.”

This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Kannapolis, North Carolina, native Daniel Hemric has two previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hemric has an average start of 6.0 and an average finish of 10.0. He has also completed 100 percent of the laps attempted in his two starts. He also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile track and has won numerous U.S. Legends Car events on the facility’s quarter-mile track, including the inaugural Legends Car Million.

Rearview Mirror: Dover … Hemric’s strong start to the 2018 Xfinity Series season continued at the ‘Monster Mile,’ where the driver of the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro recorded his third third-place finish in five races. Starting from the fifth position, Hemric earned points in both stages and really came to life in Stage 3. With less than 50 laps to go, Hemric was chasing down race leader Justin Allgaier when the caution flew and bunched the field up for a restart with 27 laps to go. Lined up on the bottom groove, Hemric dropped to third on the restart and was catching the leaders when the checkered flag flew. The third-place finish was Hemric’s fourth top-five and sixth top-10 finish in 10 races.

This Week at the South Point Hotel & Casino … Fans visiting the South Point Hotel & Casino this week have the opportunity to see stand-up comedian Louie Anderson at The Showroom on May 25 – May 27. Tickets are available at southpointcasino.com.

Meet the Driver … Fans have the opportunity to meet Hemric at the 600 Festival’s Speed Street event in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, May 25, starting at 6 p.m. local time. The autograph session will take place on the corner of Third Street and Tryon Street.

Meet the Press … Hemric is schedule to meet with the NASCAR media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 24, starting at 2 p.m. local time. Fans can watch the media availability session on NASCAR.com/presspass.

DANIEL HEMRIC QUOTES:
You recently had an open test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What did you learn there that you can apply to this weekend’s Alsco 300?
“We just need to have a solid run at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is our first race back on a mile-and-a-half in a little while, but we had a solid test session a few weeks ago and learned some things that will hopefully pay off this weekend. We’ll just look to build our program. That’s what this is all about. If you get complacent in this sport, you get behind quickly. I’ll raise my hand and say that is easy to do and it has happened in the past, but our goal at RCR is to get ahead of that and ahead of the game. I feel like we’ve taken so many strides to do just that and Charlotte will be a big test for us. This No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino team has been really strong as of late and we believe that will continue during this weekend’s Alsco 300.”

The Xfinity Series is welcoming back the Cup Series drivers this weekend after four straight races with Xfinity regulars only. What are your thoughts on having them return to the series at Charlotte?
“I’m excited to have the Cup drivers back in the Xfinity Series. I’m a fan of the Xfinity Series regulars only races, but I’m also a fan of the Cup drivers coming back to race with us. When it is just Xfinity Series regulars, we know that every single position is impacting our season. That is not necessarily always the case with the Cup drivers. During those four Xfinity regulars only races, we’ve all found another level of aggression to race with each other. Hopefully we continue that aggressive racing no matter who is in the field and we continue to give the fans the good show they deserve. Having the Cup drivers in the field allows us to push ourselves to that much greater of a level. It will be good to get that push again this weekend.”

Richard Childress Racing–All-Star Race

Austin Dillon and the Dow Racing Team Earn 12th-Place Finish in All-Star Race

“What a race! I had a blast out there tonight, and I hope it was as fun to watch as it was to drive. Throughout the race, we made quite a few adjustments to the Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. With limited practice and this being the first time we have raced this package, we were a little off on the setup. We got it pretty close, though. At the end, we opted to pit. Looking back, it’s a toss up on whether that was the right call or not. But I’m excited to return next weekend and defend our Coca-Cola 600 win.”

-Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–All-Star Race

Richard Childress Racing–All-Star Race Advance

Four All-Star Wins for RCR … Richard Childress Racing has won four Monster Energy All-Star races, most recently in 2007 with Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt won the event in 1987, which included the legendary “Pass in the Grass.” Earnhardt also went on to claim the checkered flag in
1990 and 1993.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,870 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 16.1. 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.

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 Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Saturday, May 19 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Dillon is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star race this weekend after racing in the Monster Energy Open the previous four years.

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Questions, Please … As the defending Coca-Cola 600 Champion, Dillon is available to the media in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Infield Media Center at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, May 18.

Austin Dillon Quotes:
You are already locked into the All Star Race.
“Oh yeah, I’m looking forward to the All-Star race. I have never gotten to be in it and we fought hard in the Open for a couple of years, but that pressure is probably the biggest pressure of the year, truthfully, not being in it sometimes. So, now I’m locked in it for the next two years, and I would like to lock myself in for life by winning it. So that is the plan when we go there. Charlotte is one of my best tracks. I definitely think we will be very competitive for the All-Star race.”

How do you approach the All Star race format?
“You’ve got to go get it. You will be after it, on the gas the entire time. There will be some strategy played I’m sure at the end. The way it is with the true real strategy is going to be based on how these cars drive. It’s a totally different package with a lot more spoiler. We are going to be running about wide-open around there, so it should be very interesting for our fans.”

How do you balance the urgency of the All Star Race versus the big picture of a championship?
“Well, you let everything go on All Star night and as far as the big picture, the Coke 600 is a grueling 600-mile race, but it’s my favorite race of the year, especially with the military men and women that are out there. I feel like there is no other pre-race ceremony that is more patriotic than that one. I would love to go back-to-back and win the Coke 600 again.”

This Week’s Grainger/Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway … Ryan Newman is eligible to race in the sport’s $1 million exhibition event thanks to his victory at Phoenix Raceway in 2017. He also won the 2002 All-Star Race during his rookie season, a feat only accomplished by one other rookie driver. Saturday’s event marks his 17th-straight appearance in the non-points race.

New Format … This year, the All-Star race is 10 laps longer than 2017 and is made up of four stages consisting of 30-20-20-10 laps. Plus, there will be no mandated pit stops, no choice of different tire compounds, no eliminations and no inversions of the running order.

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Meet Newman … On Friday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. ET, Newman is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at the MENCS stage located in the Charlotte Motor Speedway midway.

Rescue Ranch Founder’s Dinner … Tickets are available now for the Rescue Ranch Founder’s Dinner. Join Krissie on June 7th for a fun evening highlighting the importance of agriculture in Iredell County and featuring fresh local food. To purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2KKbjc7.

RYAN NEWMAN QUOTE:
What was it like for you to win the All-Star Race in 2002 as a rookie?
“For me, winning the All-Star Race in 2002 was totally unexpected because we weren’t even in the race. We had to race our way in. I made the cut. We got the inversion on either the first or second segment when they were eliminating cars and then got the inversion again and I was able to stay up front. We stayed out on old tires, which was crazy for Charlotte. Somehow, we were able to hold them off. It was an amazing team victory for us and unexpected.”

Richard Childress Racing–KC Masterpiece 400

Austin Dillon and SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate)Team Leave Kansas Speedway With Top-20 Finish

“We had a challenging night at Kansas Speedway as we battled a lack of grip and handling issues, but I am proud of this Richard Childress Racing team because they never give up. We hit a snag in the race during a green flag pit stop. Our car was gurgling in the middle of three and four and I panicked. I came down pit road too abruptly and earned us a commitment line violation. We could have made it another lap and we ended up multiple laps down. We kept digging and we were able to earn back one of our laps when the caution came out with 30 laps remaining but didn’t have enough laps left in the race to get back on the lead lap. It wasn’t the race we wanted but we’ll take this 17th-place finish. This team doesn’t give up. I want to thank AstraZeneca, and their SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) brand for sticking with us.”
-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman Collected in Late-Race Accident Costing Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Team a Top-10 Finish at Kansas Speedway

“We definitely rebounded from last week and for that, I am proud of this Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s team. We were competitive and made it into the top five. Our strategy of not pitting was a good call. I think we could have come home with at least a top-10 finish. We were just an innocent bystander when they crashed underneath me, in front of me and just got all wadded up. I had no place to go. It’s just unfortunate. To get 14 laps from the end and tear up a bunch of cars like that just kind of stinks.”
-Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing–KC Masterpiece 400

Richard Childress Racing at Kansas Speedway … In 76 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win, visiting victory lane in 2013 with Kevin Harvick, among five top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,868 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 16.1. 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. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–KC Masterpiece 400

Richard Childress Racing–AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Austin Dillon and the AAA Team Leave The Monster Mile with 26th-Place Finish

“The Monster Mile certainly lived up to its name this weekend. We struggled from the time we unloaded to find speed in the AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. During the first Stage we made a green flag pit stop for tires because we completely wore our right rear tire down to the cords. That put us a couple of laps down and set the stage for us to play catch-up for the remainder of the race. Unfortunately, the cautions didn’t fall in our favor so we weren’t able to get back on the lead lap. We know we need to roll our sleeves up and get to work finding a better package for Dover.”

-Austin Dillon

Handling and Tire Issues Result in 35th-Place Finish for Ryan Newman and Cat Racing at Dover

“Our Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 didn’t respond the way we anticipated from the time we unloaded and throughout the course of the race weekend at Dover. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. Then to have two tire issues during the second stage really cost us a chance to right the ship. At that point we went to the garage, diagnosed the problem and turned our race into a test session.”

-Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing–One Main Financial 200

Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Nexteer Automotive Team Rally to Top-10 Finish At Dover International Speedway

“We fought hard today for our eighth-place finish. Our No. 2 Nexteer Automotive Chevrolet Camaro was fast right from the start of the weekend, and we qualified the best we have all year when we started third. Unfortunately, it just fired off way too loose on entry, and I spun in the opening laps of the race. I luckily didn’t hit anything and had no damage other than flat tires. Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and my team did a great job of timing the pit stops for tires right away while not losing a lap under the yellow. That was huge for us and allowed us to fight back up through the field. Our strategy from there played out well, and we were able to stay in the top 15 for the rest of the day before climbing up to finish eighth. Thankful for the effort my team gave today, and happy we were able to overcome some adversity early to still have a great finish.”
-Matt Tifft Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–One Main Financial 200

Richard Childress Racing–Alabama 500

Promising Day Ends Early for Austin Dillon and the Dow Scooper Cat Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team at Talladega Superspeedway

“We thought strategically and worked hard throughout the race to put ourselves in a position to contend at the end in the Dow Scooper Cat Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Then, with less than 30 laps to go, I saw cars wrecking in front of me. I was able to get my car slowed down without making contact with any other vehicles, but then I went to cut through the grass because everybody was wrecking on the track. When I hit the grass it just tore the oil cooler off of our car. It’s disappointing because we really wouldn’t have had any damage if I had kind of rolled through the grass. It’s part of superspeedway racing and I hate it. We were on the good side of it at Daytona, bad side here. Our plan is to go back to Daytona in July and take advantage of the momentum we left there with back in February.”
-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman Drives the Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to Top-10 Finish at Talladega Superspeedway

“I’m just happy for myself and the entire Caterpillar team to have been in front of the ‘Big One’ for a change. The start of our weekend saw us caught up in a practice wreck. It is what it is at a place like this. So many things happen here that are out of our control but we kept our primary engine and raced the back-up. Stage 1 did not go as planned for us but we managed to get back out front by Stage 2 to run in the top 10. My plan was to go when we could, but be smart about it and fortunately for us, we had luck on our side. We’ve been running well but haven’t had much to show for it as of late so I’m happy that this Cat Racing team can leave here with a ninth-place finish.”
-Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing–Alabama 300

Matt Tifft and the KC Motorgroup Team Show Resilience at Talladega Superspeedway Despite Cut Tire

“We can’t seem to catch a break at these restrictor-plate tracks. We had a strong No. 2 KC Motorgroup Chevrolet all weekend. My crew chief, Randall Burnett, and my team focused on race trim for this weekend, knowing we needed a bit more of that at our last plate race. I had no issues during the race, and we were able to run in the top 10 pretty much all day. It’ unfortunate that our result didn’t match it. I had a vibration with less than 30 laps to go, but we thought we could manage it to the end. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time and the tire blew with just a handful of laps remaining. I’m bummed we couldn’t take home the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus, but we did earn some stage points in the first two stages. We’ll regroup and get after it at Dover next weekend.”

-Matt Tifft Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Alabama 300

Coca-Cola Unveiled as Primary Sponsor for Austin Dillon and No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in 2018 Coca-Cola 600

Coca-Cola Unveiled as Primary Sponsor for Austin Dillon and No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in 2018 Coca-Cola 600
Defending race winner will carry iconic Coca-Cola colors for 600-mile race during Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway

WELCOME, N.C. (April 26, 2018) – Coca-Cola, one of the world’s iconic brands, will be featured as primary sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2018 Coca-Cola 600. Coca-Cola’s longtime partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will continue its deep-rooted history over Memorial Day Weekend with defending race winner Austin Dillon carrying the Coca-Cola colors. Dillon recorded his first-career Cup Series victory last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR’s crown jewel races.

The red and white patriotic paint scheme was unveiled today at Fort Bragg military installation in front of U.S. servicemen and women prior to a lunch with several gold-star families. Continue reading Coca-Cola Unveiled as Primary Sponsor for Austin Dillon and No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in 2018 Coca-Cola 600

Richard Childress Racing–Richmond 400

Austin Dillon and the AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team Earn Top-15 Finish Following Strong Performance at Richmond Raceway

“Richmond Raceway has always been what I consider the hardest track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, so I was really proud of our efforts in Stage 1. Our AAA Camaro ZL1 was really good. We were the fastest car on the track for most of the run and were able to race our way from 23rd to eighth and earn a few stage points. Once the race transitioned to night we lost some of the magic. We just weren’t as strong. I put us in a bit of a hole by earning a commitment line violation coming to pit road, but we worked hard and had a good shot at the end. It was just hard to find a line that made moves.”
-Austin Dillon

Daniel Hemric Finishes 32nd in Cup Series Debut in Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“First off, I have to thank Richard Childress and Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff for giving me the opportunity to make my first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend. This is something that was 22 years in the making and truly a dream come true. The No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 fired off so tight during that first stage that I really struggled and we fell multiple laps down with no cautions to help us. My crew chief, Brandon Thomas, made a really good adjustment on that first stop. That gave us a fighting chance. We kept adjusting on it and it kept getting better. I wish we could go back and run that first stage over again, but we learned a lot and these guys never gave up. Everyone on this crew volunteered to build this car and come here this week and that means a lot. I just wish we could have had a better result tonight.”
-Daniel Hemric
Late-Race Mishap Costs Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet ZL1 Team Top-10 Finish

“Richmond Raceway is one of my favorite tracks and to run just outside the top five, get assessed a pit-road penalty and then battle back onto the lead lap says a lot about this No. 31 Childress Vineyards Camaro ZL1 team. It’s unfortunate on the restart with 30 to go that we got into the back of a car. Everyone started checking up and I just hit him square in the back. I did all I could but the damage cost us our race. I’m just so disappointed right now. We had a good car and a finish that doesn’t reflect it.”
-Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing–Richard 250

Matt Tifft Earns First Top-Five Finish of Season, Qualifies for
Xfinity Dash 4 Cash

“It feels great to put together a weekend from start to finish like this and finally get the result we deserve to go along with it. Our No. 2 National Brain Tumor Society Chevrolet Camaro was fast all day long. I felt like we managed the changing track conditions really well, whether we were practicing at 8 a.m. or racing at 7 p.m. Everyone was on it this weekend from the road crew to the pit crew. We were consistent the whole time and made the most of every opportunity, which lead to our first top-five finish of the year. That’s huge for us. To qualify for Xfinity’s Dash 4 Cash next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway on top of that is an honor. It’s my first time qualifying for that, so I’m excited to be in it. We’ll be looking to win the $100,000 and make the cut for the final weekend of the program at Dover, one of my favorite tracks on the circuit.”
-Matt Tifft Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Richard 250

Richard Childress Racing–Food City 500

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Realtree Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team Show Speed at Bristol Motor Speedway

“I know we were better than a 15th-place finish, but the scoreboard doesn’t show it today. We stayed out to try and save an extra set of tires and it ended up being a long run, so we corded our left front tire and went a lap down. You just can never predict when a long run will happen at Bristol Motor Speedway. There were not enough laps after that to earn our lap back. It’s a shame because the No. 3 Realtree Camaro ZL1 was fast today. We ran a lot of the race in the top-five and posted some of the fastest times during the race. We were fast on restarts, and I’m proud of that. I hope all fans enjoyed seeing the new Realtree fishing pattern on the track.”
-Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Food City 500

Richard Childress Racing–Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

On-Track Incident Ends Matt Tifft’s Day Early at Bristol Motor Speedway

“We had a strong run going in our No. 2 Tunity Chevrolet Camaro, running in the top 10 during Stage 1 before the No. 7 car spun us out. I’m not sure what he was thinking to be that aggressive so early on. He could have showed a little more patience but ruined our day instead. I was really hoping to get my first top-10 finish at Bristol this weekend. We had a good No. 2 Tunity Chevrolet Camaro that Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and the team had worked hard on. I hate to see our day end like this, but that’s the nature of this place.”

-Matt Tifft Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

RCR Bristol Preview

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Bristol Motor Speedway … In 167 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 68 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, North Carolina-based organization has led 3,679 laps at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,859 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 487 top-five finishes and 1,053 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 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. Continue reading RCR Bristol Preview

Richard Childress Racing–Texas Post Race

Long Day for Austin Dillon and the No. 3 SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Chevrolet Team ends in 27th-Place Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

“What a day! We ended up with damage after we were involved in a wreck at the very beginning of the race, but that didn’t slow down the No. 3 team. We worked hard to stay competitive, and I really thought we would end up okay. With about 100 laps to go the cockpit filled with smoke. We ended up in the garage to change a hub. Still, there is so much heart in this team. We made it back out to finish the race. I want to thank our new partner, AstraZeneca, and their SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) brand, for hanging with us today. It’ a long season and we’ll be back at it next week.”
-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman and No. 31 Grainger Camaro ZL1 Team
Finish 27th at Texas Motor Speedway

“This Grainger Camaro ZL1 had good speed this weekend. We stayed consistently in or around the top-12 for most of the race, but tried to stretch our last run there and ended up blowing a tire and hitting the wall. I thought I probably could have left Texas with a top-10 finish if not for the blown tire, but things like that happen. It’s a gamble that didn’t pay off. I think the racing at Texas is exciting, and definitely fast, but we’re still getting adjusted to the new surface. We’ll be ready for when we come back in the fall, hopefully in the playoffs.”
-Ryan Newman

RCR–My Bariatric Solutions 300 Wrap Up

Austin Dillon Drives Ruud Chevrolet to Fourth-Place Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

“I stayed out of trouble on the track which was one big key today. Track position was everything, really. The No. 20 was probably the fastest car. We were a little bit loose. We had to work on the Ruud Chevrolet throughout the race to try and get it closer to where we wanted to be. Today was just a tough race. I’m proud of everyone on the No. 2 Ruud team for sticking with it to bring home a fourth-place finish.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading RCR–My Bariatric Solutions 300 Wrap Up

Richard Childress Racing Announces Multi-Driver Lineup for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Shane Lee, Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan will share the seat in 2018

Richard Childress Racing Announces Multi-Driver Lineup for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR XFINITY Series
Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Shane Lee, Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan will share the seat in 2018

WELCOME, N.C. (January 24, 2018) – Richard Childress Racing announced its No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS entry for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) will feature a talented multi-driver lineup. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon, ARCA Racing Series competitor Shane Lee, second-generation racer Jeb Burton and two-time NXS winner Brendan Gaughan will all share time behind the wheel of the Camaro SS throughout the season.

Austin and Ty Dillon will be in the rotation of drivers for the No. 3 Chevrolet for the 2018 season. Austin Dillon is no stranger to the XFINITY Series, earning the Series championship in 2013. The eldest Dillon brother has 17 career poles awards, eight wins, 62 top-five and 99 top-10 finishes in the Series throughout his racing career. Ty Dillon, also a Series veteran, has collected four poles, 32 top-five and 86 top-10 finishes. He won at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing Announces Multi-Driver Lineup for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Shane Lee, Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan will share the seat in 2018

Richard Childress Racing–Homestead 400

Austin Dillon and the Dow WeatherTech Team Close Out 2017 Season with Strong, 11th-Place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway

“The Dow WeatherTech Chevrolet was pretty good today, so I’m glad we could put a period on the 2017 season with a solid finish. I didn’t have enough grip to run the high line during the race, which is normally the preferred line at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but I felt pretty good running lower on the track. During that last run, we were just too loose to make anything happen. Still, we were able to clinch 11th in the final driver’s point standings, which is pretty cool. I’m proud of everyone on this program and appreciate all of the hard work this year. We’re a bunch of racers and we’ll be back even stronger next season.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Homestead 400

Richard Childress Racing–Homestead 300

Ben Kennedy Closes out 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series with 18th- Place Finish in Rheem Chevrolet after Top-10 Run

“We has a really fast Rheem Chevrolet today. We started 25th and I felt like our car was better than most of the cars I was running with but I stayed patient so as not to wear out our equipment. At the end of Stage 2, we had an awesome pit stop that helped us restart in the top-10. We couldn’t really run with those guys at the bottom but at the top of the track we were better than anyone. At the end of the race I tagged the wall like I had been tagging it all day and it finally cut a tire. We had to pit with two laps to go for right-side tires. We were running ninth at the time and the fastest car on the track so I hated to see that happen. It was a pleasure racing with RCR this season and I am thankful for the opportunity.”

– Ben Kennedy Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Homestead 300