NASCAR Nationwide Series
November 16, 2013
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 12th (Austin Dillon), 14th (Ty Dillon) and 32nd (Brian Scott).
A. Dillon earned the Nationwide Series driver championship while Scott finished seventh in the standings, 127 points behind the leader.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team finished third in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 33 team sixth in the standings and the No. 2 team 11th.
Brad Keselowski earned his seventh Nationwide Series victory of 2013 and was followed to the finish line by Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Trevor Bayne.
Mid-Race Incident Relegates Brian Scott to a 32nd-Place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Brian Scott and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 2 Shore Lodge team finished 32nd in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway after a mid-race incident sent the competitor to the garage for repairs. The Boise, Idaho-native started from the 10th spot and battled a loose condition for a majority of the 200-lap event. Throughout the race, crew chief Phil Gould and the RCR crew made major chassis adjustments to alleviate the condition. While battling for position on lap 129, another competitor made contact with Scott, causing his car to hit the outside retaining wall. The crew assessed the damage and brought the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet to the garage for repairs. Scott returned to racing action with less than 50 laps remaining to salvage every spot he could, ultimately finishing 32nd and ending the 2013 Nationwide Series season seventh in the driver championship point standings. The points finish marks the highest season-ending ranking of Scott’s career to date, which is his first season with RCR.
Start – 10 Finish – 32 Laps Led – 0 Points – 7th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“We battled such a loose Camaro for most of the race and continued to take big swings at tightening it up on each stop. Coming off turn two, I got pinched then hit the outside wall. It’s not how I envisioned ending our 2013 season, but I’m proud of the job Phil and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team did this season.”
Austin Dillon Claims NASCAR Nationwide Series Title at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Austin Dillon clinched the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver’s championship for Richard Childress Racing on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, marking the Welcome, N.C. driver’s second NASCAR National Series title. He entered the season-finale race with an eight-marker advantage over Sam Hornish Jr. in the standings and kept the point spread tight throughout the 200-lap event. Dillon struggled with a loose-handling No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet that transitioned to tight handling in the later stages of the event. A late-race caution positioned Dillon in the fifth spot with five laps of green flag racing remaining. Although he continued to struggle with handling issues in the final laps, he finished 12th and clinched the title by three points over Hornish.
Start – 11 Finish – 12 Laps Led – 0 Points – 1st
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“It was nerve wracking all the way down to the end. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. Our car wasn’t the best today, but this is a testament to the entire No. 3 team the way we pulled together. We all stayed calm. I love these guys all like brothers. We are a team. We win and lose as a team. This means so much.”
Ty Dillon Closes out 2013 Season with 14th-place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Ty Dillon and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 WESCO team earned a 14th-place result on Saturday evening in the season-finale NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Starting from the 17th spot, Dillon reported to the Nick Harrison-led team his blue and white machine was too loose. Harrison called the young driver to pit road under caution on laps 46 and 98 for four tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues. The Richard Childress Racing team used pit strategy during the lap 146 caution period to capitalize on track position. Dillon was instructed to stay out on the racing surface while other teams pitted. The pit strategy allotted the Welcome, N.C., native the top spot for the ensuing restart. Dillon paced the field for nine circuits before fresher tires behind him caused him to fall in the running order. With minimal laps remaining in the race, Dillon took the checkered flag in the 14th position.
Start – 17 Finish – 14 Laps Led – 9 Owner’s Points – 6th
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“We battled the handling on the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet for a lot of the race. We were very aero-loose and every time another car got around us, we just got so loose. This made it difficult to pass. Overall, I’ve had a lot of fun this year racing with the No. 33 team and have built a good notebook for next year. I’m looking forward to racing in the (NASCAR) Nationwide Series full time next season. I also want to thank WESCO for their support this year. It’s been great.”