NASCAR Nationwide Series
Auto Club Speedway
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ty Dillon qualified third and was the highest qualifying Richard Childress Racing entry. His other RCR teammates, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan started ninth and 10th, respectively.
Ty Dillon earned an eighth-place finish, Brian Scott was 11th and Brendan Gaughan finished 15th.
Ty Dillon currently leads the Richard Childress Racing drivers in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in third, only six points out of first. Brendan Gaughan sits sixth and Brian Scott seventh.
Next up for the Nationwide Series is the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from Texas Motor Speedway. Catch all the action live on Friday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
Brian Scott Contends for Race Win at Auto Club Speedway
Brian Scott and his No. 2 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet Camaro qualified ninth for the TREATMYCLOT.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Scott was a contender for the race win early on as he battled inside the top 10. The team made a chassis adjustment during the green-flag pit stop on lap 68 to help Scott’s tight-handling Camaro. The adjustments were correct, and Scott took over the race lead on lap 79. The Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet battled with the front-running contenders, but lost track position as the tight conditions through the corners continued. Scott fought hard for the remainder of the race and collected a 12th-place finish. The finish holds Scott in the seventh-place position in the driver point standings heading into Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks.
Start – 9th Finish – 12th Laps Led – 2 Pts – 7th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“I don’t know what happened there at the end. We had a vibration that really hurt us on the last restart. We’ll put our heads together and figure out what we need to do to get the finishes that reflect the quality of team and car that we have here at RCR. I want to thank Anderson’s Maple Syrup and Albertsons for coming on board this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Everyone worked really hard and we’ll work through this.”
Ty Dillon Finishes Eighth in TREATMYCLOT.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to an eighth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway, after qualifying third. Despite needing several adjustments to the car throughout the race, Dillon was able to stay within the top-10 for the entire 150-lap event. While on pit road, the team made adjustments to a tight-handling racecar and changed four tires on each stop, gaining significant speed after each visit. On lap 134, the race’s final restart, Dillon gained one spot on pit road and cruised to an eighth-place finish at the two-mile track. Dillon was the second Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to cross the stripe and remains third in the driver point’s standings. The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to competition on April 4 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Start – 3rd Finish – 8th Laps Led – 0 Points – 3rd
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“I’m happy with the way our WESCO Chevy finished, but we definitely wanted more. The track conditions changed throughout the day. It was pretty warm out there, and we had to make the appropriate changes on pit road. Our guys stuck with it, Danny once again made some really good calls and we got a top-10 finish. We’ll enjoy this off-weekend coming up, but keep working at getting better.”
Brendan Gaughan Finishes 15th at Auto Club Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 WIX Filters Chevrolet took the green flag for the NASCAR Nationwide Series TREATMYCLOT.COM 300 in the 10th position. On lap 12, Gaughan first reported the car was extremely loose. The Richard Childress Racing team continued to improve on long runs at Auto Club Speedway and when the caution fell on lap 68, the team used the opportunity to make chassis adjustments to improve the car’s handling. Restarting from the ninth position, the WIX Filters Chevrolet battled to stay inside the top-10. Green-flag stops began on lap 113. A mishap on pit road for the No. 62 team resulted in a loss of a lap to the leader and being scored in the 16th position. Gaughan remained on track during the caution on lap 131 and received the “wave around” to put him back on the lead lap. As a result, Gaughan was able to bring the Camaro to a 15th-place finish. The No. 62 WIX Filters driver remains sixth in the championship point standings.
Start – 10th Finish – 15th Laps Led – 0 Points – 6th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
“This is not the finish we wanted today for the WIX Filters Chevrolet. We started out pretty loose, but were able to make the right adjustments throughout the day to improve the car. Falling off the jack during our pit stop put us a lap down, but we were luckily able to get that back and make the most out of today.”