RCR Nationwide Series Michigan International Speedway Post Race Report

 

RCR Nationwide Series Michigan International Speedway Post Race Report

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Saturday, 14 June 2014 23:38
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Race Highlights: 

  • Paul Menard and the No. 33 Nibco/Menards Chevrolet Camaro team won the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 ending a 98-race winless streak in Nationwide Series competition for Menard.  
  • Ty Dillon was the top Richard Childress Racing qualifier in third for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Paul Menard qualified fifth, Brian Scott sixth and Brendan Gaughan started 16th.
  • Brian Scott earned a fifth-place finish and was the highest finishing Nationwide Series regular. Teammates Ty Dillon finished 10th and Brendan Gaughan was 22nd.
  • Ty Dillon currently leads the RCR drivers in the Nationwide Series driver point standings in fourth, Brian Scott is sixth and Brendan Gaughan in seventh.
  • Next up for the Nationwide Series is the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America. Catch all the action live on Saturday, June 21 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.

 

  

Brian Scott Finishes Fifth at Michigan International Speedway

 

Brian Scott and his No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro team once again utilized the fast ECR horsepower qualifying sixth for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. When the green flag waved for the 125-lap event, another competitor got loose underneath Scott shooting him up the race track and falling back in the draft to the 25th position. Scott spent the majority of the race fighting for track position while battling a tight-handling Chevrolet. The No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team found themselves back inside the top-10 on lap 57. During the lap 66 caution, crew chief Phil Gould made the decision to stay out for track position which moved Scott into the fourth position. As the laps wound down around the two-mile track, Scott battled for positions ultimately crossing the finish line fifth. Scott was the highest finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series regular and also collected his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. The Nationwide Series heads to their first road course race of the year next weekend at Road America with Scott sitting sixth in the driver point standings.

Start - 6th        Finish - 5th     Laps Led - 0    Pts - 6th


BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:

"We had a really fast Shore Lodge Camaro today. The 31 got loose there on the restart and shuffled us way back. We just spent the majority of the day trying to regain track position. I'm really proud of RCR and ECR for all of their hard work over the past few months. We've really turned our program around. If we keep top-fiving the competition, we're bound to get into victory lane one of these days."

 

Ty Dillon Finishes Ninth in Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250

 

Ty Dillon drove the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro to a ninth-place finish Saturday afternoon, the team's 10th top-10 finish of the season. Dillon qualified third earlier in the day and was quickly able to get his Camaro to the front. The 22-year-old rookie led the first lap of the race before settling into the top-five after a lap two caution flag. Dillon went on to lead eight more laps (9-16) before he radioed to crew chief Danny Stockman that his car was losing speed because of the tight-handling conditions. Pit stops and adjustments came on lap 41 and 67 to improve the No. 3 Chevrolet, which helped Dillon stay competitive for the remainder of the 125-lap event. On lap 79, the race's final caution flag fell. Stockman called for a fuel-only pit stop putting Dillon in the seventh position for the final restart on lap 89. From there, the No. 3 Camaro was able to ride out another top-10, finishing ninth. The Welcome, N.C.-native was the second Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to cross the finish line and moved up to fourth-place in the driver point standings.

 

Start -3rd    Finish - 9th    Laps Led - 9     Points - 4th

 

Ty Dillon Quote: "Our car was great today, my guys gave me a great car to drive. We were able to run up front a little bit today, thanks to all the power ECR Engines gives us each week, and come up with another top-10 finish. This team is getting better, I think we'll be in victory lane before you know it. Congratulations to my teammate Paul Menard and good friend (crew chief) Nick Harrison on their victory today."

 

   

 

Paul Menard Wins at Michigan International Speedway

 

Paul Menard drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet SS to Victory Lane in Saturday's 250-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. The Eau Claire, Wisc., driver started fifth and was in control of the race by lap three. After leading for five laps, Menard radioed to crew chief Nick Harrison that the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevy was loose handling, but tight if he drove the high line. The No. 33 crew was able to remedy the car's handling during a green-flag pit stop on lap 39 with four tires, fuel, wedge and track bar adjustments. Menard would continue to race in the top-10 until the lap 78 caution where a slow restart caused him to fall back to the sixth position from third. It only took one lap for Menard to fight his way back to the top five. By lap 109, Menard was in the second position and able to drive the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet to the lead. This marks Menard's second NASCAR Nationwide Series win, his first being in 2006. Up next for Menard in the No. 33 Chevrolet is Saturday's race at Kentucky Speedway on June 27th.

 

Start - 5th             Finish - 1st             Laps Led - 18              Points - N/A

 

PAUL MENARD QUOTE:

"I was more nervous today than I've been in awhile because I knew we had a fast NIBCO/Menards Chevy and didn't want to mess it up. Really thought I screwed it up there on that restart, but we were able to come back and be in position to win. It's my first time working with Nick Harrison, so I would say we are off to a good start. The guys did a great job all weekend by giving me a fast car that only got better. My family is here with me this weekend for the first time since my daughter was born, so that makes it even more special."

  

 

 

 

Brendan Gaughan Finishes 22nd at Michigan International Speedway

 

Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team qualified 16th for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. The Las Vegas-native maintained a spot inside the top-15 throughout the 125-lap event and began reporting tight conditions on lap 25. Crew Chief Shane Wilson was able to improve the handling of the Chevrolet during the first pit stop. The South Point Hotel & Casino team gambled with fuel mileage at the end of the race and came up one lap short, bringing the team to pit road and crossing the finish line 22nd. Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing team remain seventh in the driver point standings as they head to Road America next weekend.

 

Start - 16th       Finish - 22nd    Laps Led - 0     Points - 7th

                                                   

BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE: 

"We did our fair share of gambling today at Michigan, just came up one lap short there at the end. This entire No. 62 team did one heck of a job and we are going to take what we learned and get ready to go road course racing next week at Road America."

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