Richard Childress Racing–Las Vegas Post Race

Austin Dillon Muscles the No. 2 Rheem Chevy to a Top-Five Finish

“We didn’t start the race out very well and were really tight for a majority of the race. We managed to keep it inside the top-15 and even scored points in the second stage. Justin (Alexander, crew chief) stuck with me and made some great adjustments in the latter part of the race. The balance of the race car was great there for those last couple of restarts and I even thought we would have a shot at the win. All in all, it was a pretty good day for our Rheem Chevy and we’re happy to be third in the owner’s points standings at this point in the season.”

– Austin Dillon

Last-Lap Accident Spoils Ty Dillon’s Day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

“Man, what a tough day. We battled a tight No. 3 Nexium 24HR Chevrolet Camaro throughout most of the race. We were starting to make progress there in the last stage, but we needed longer green-flag runs at the end. Having so many cautions just killed us. We really were a top-10 car, and it was unfortunate to have our day ended with a crash on the last lap. We were four wide and everyone was trying to get all they could, and I got the short end of the stick this time. I know that’s just part of racing, but it sure is disappointing. Crew chief Matt Swiderski and the whole team worked hard this weekend, and we’re ready to get to Phoenix.”

– Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric Rallies to 13th-Place Finish in No. 21 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

“On the initial start we were able to maintain track position and run up front until we started having some excessive tire wear. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevrolet just fell off way worse than we were hoping for. We just got behind on that first segment. Danny Stockman did a great job opting to come in and take tires before a lot of those other guys and got some stage points at the end of the second segment. At the end of the day, all you can do is try and maximize your day. On the next few runs we got behind on track position, fought the balance being tight on exit, which hurt our raw speed. We fell a lap down, but kept digging and got back on the lead lap. Everybody did a great job all day. We got better in the final runs of the race. I thought we were the best we could be at the end of the race compared to the folks we were around. We just got too far behind too early and struggled to come back up. It was a good comeback for everyone on the No. 21 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas team.”

– Daniel Hemric

Brandon Jones Collects Top-15 Finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

“That was tough, but we came out with a great top-15 finish in our No. 33 Turtle Wax / Menards Chevrolet Camaro. The car just wouldn’t pull itself out of a hole. It was terrible in traffic all day, but it looked like a lot of people had that issue. It was hard to choose which lane to be in on the restarts. Each one kept stacking up, so choosing the cleanest one was tricky. We just keep digging and focusing on what we could work on and got a solid finish for the weekend.”

– Brandon Jones

Early Mechanical Issues Result in 35th-place Finish for The South Point Chevrolet

“It just wasn’t the day we wanted for the South Point Chevrolet. We had a fast car right off the start and got up to the top 10, but things happen in racing. It’s just disheartening to have this happen in Vegas. Unfortunately, the mechanical issue forced us behind the wall. My guys thrashed to get us back out there quickly. We battled loose conditions most of the afternoon, but crew chief Shane Wilson and the guys never quit. He kept making big-swing changes to tighten the handling, however we just couldn’t get ahead of it. We will come back next week and be better. That’s the great thing about sports, there is always another week.”

– Brendan Gaughan