NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Post Race Report
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 27, 2014
Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard finished 10th, 11th and 34th, respectively.
Newman ranks seventh in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing current leader Jeff Gordon by 111 points, while Dillon ranks 14th and Menard ranks 16th.
Gordon earned his second victory of the 2014 season and was followed to the finish line by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson.
The next Sprint Cup Series race is the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 4, which is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and is scheduled to be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Austin Dillon Drives No. 3 Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet to Top-10 Finish at the Brickyard
Driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for Mycogen Seeds, an Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences brand, Austin Dillon earned a top-10 finish in the 21st-running of the Brickyard 400 on Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in just his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the historic, 2.5-mile track. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender started the event from the 17th position and showed speed from the start of the 160-lap event, moving into the 11th spot by lap four. He led one lap during the middle of a pit cycle before making a green-flag pit stop on lap 44 for four tires and fuel. The Gil Martin-led team struggled to communicate with Dillon during the first half of the event because a broken antenna on the roof of the car made it difficult to communicate with him unless he was on the front stretch. A pit stop under caution on lap 98 provided an opportunity to replace the antenna, while changing four tires and adding fuel. He restarted 17th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 108 and quickly worked his way into the top-12. When the caution flag was displayed with 20 laps of racing remaining, Dillon pitted for right-side tires, positioning him 15th for the lap-143 restart. The Welcome, N.C. driver spent the remainder of the event working for track position, ultimately securing a top-10 finish in the No. 3 Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet.
Start – 17th Finish – 10th Laps Led – 1 Points – 14th
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“It was a really good day and I’m proud of everyone at Richard Childress Racing, Gil Martin and all of the guys. We had a communication issue at the beginning but they worked to fix the antenna. Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen Seeds had a huge group here today and I’m glad we were able to get a good finish for them and all of our other partners, too. I’m so proud of my brother, Ty, for winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Seeing that really got me fired up to do well. I would really like to get a win before the end of the year.”
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Paul Menard Finishes 34th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Paul Menard drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS to a 34th-place finish in Sunday’s 160-lap event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Eau Claire, Wis., driver started 29th and quickly reported his Chevrolet SS was loose off Turns 1 and 2. The Slugger Labbe-led team was able to remedy Menard’s handling issues during the lap 20 competition caution with four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The Moen/Menards pit crew was able to gain five spots on pit road, putting Menard in position to restart 20th. The RCR driver’s momentum was slowed on lap 30 when contact with another car caused Menard to hit the wall. This contact resulted in a left-rear tire rub and right-rear flat tire. The Moen/Menards Chevy made two stops down pit road for new tires and repairs to the left and right rear wheel wells to prevent future tire rubs. These pits stops during green flag racing meant Menard would have to contend in the 43rd-position two laps down. The Moen/Menards team worked hard to regain track position, but ultimately finished in the 34th position. Up next for the No. 27 team is next Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Start – 29th Finish – 34th Laps Led – 0 Points – 16th
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
“It seemed like we just couldn’t catch a break today. The Moen/Menards Chevy was pretty fast in race trim all weekend. We were going to have a hard time gaining track position since we started in the back, but didn’t get any favors there. I think we will still be okay in the Chase, but today definitely didn’t help. We will just look forward now and try to get them in Pocono.”
Ryan Newman and the Quicken Loans Racing Crew Finish 11th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Ryan Newman drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS to an 11th-place finish in Sunday’s 160-lap event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The South Bend, Ind., driver started fourth and raced in the top 10 during the opening stages of the event. Crew chief Luke Lambert called the No. 31 onto pit road for a series of adjustments to neutralize the team’s Chevy. By halfway, the team needed to regain some ground with Newman racing in the top 20 being tight at the start and loose at the end of a long run. A caution flag waved with 20 laps to go to set up a variety of pit strategies. Lambert called the No. 31 in for two-right side tires. Newman restarted 18th and raced to an 11th-place finish. Newman’s top-15 finish moves the team up to seventh in the standings. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes next Sunday at Pocono Raceway, where the No. 31 team produced a seventh-place finish in the last race there.
Start – 4th Finish – 11th Laps Led – 0 Points – 7th
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTE:
“Track position was everything. We got behind there about halfway. I think I know what this car needs to run faster in traffic. We had the speed, but the dirty air killed it. We might turn this Chevrolet around and race it next weekend in Pocono. I have some ideas and we’ll get back to the shop and work it all out. We definitely had a Quicken Loans Chevy capable of winning again at Indy. We just got behind there a bit and ran out of time. I’m proud of everyone on this Quicken Loans team, RCR and ECR Engines. We had the speed today.”