Friday, Sep 22

RCR Post Race Report -- NNS Talladega Superspeedway

Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 10th (Austin Dillon), 24th (Ty Dillon) and 27th (Brian Scott).
  • Dillon is sixth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Regan Smith by 48 markers, while Scott is seventh in the standings, 51 points behind Smith.
  • The No. 33 Chevrolet team ranks sixth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 3 team ninth in and the No. 2 team 10th.
  • Each of the RCR drivers led laps.
  • According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, A. Dillon was the seventh-Fastest Driver on Restarts, T. Dillon made 113 Green-Flag Passes and Scott tied for first in the Fastest Laps Run category with seven.
  • Smith earned his first victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier.
  • The next Nationwide Series race is the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on Friday, May 10. The ninth race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.

Brian Scott Caught in the "Big One" at Talladega


Brian Scott and the No. 2 Armour/Hungry Man team settled for a 27th-place finish after being collected in the "big one" at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon. The 25-year old took the green flag from the eighth position for the restrictor plate event. Scott stuck to his game plan of playing it safe by settling into the 22nd-spot throughout the opening portion of the race.  On lap 27 he hooked up with the No. 43 and charged towards the front of the field, working his way up to fifth.  The field was slowed by a caution flag on lap 35, giving Scott the opportunity to pit for two tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Once the action went back to green, Scott drafted with the No. 7 all the way up to the lead.  On lap 72 the Boise, Idaho native received damage due to an incident in on the backstretch.  The No. 2 driver made several pit stops under caution to fix his Chevrolet Camaro and eventually restarted 24th on the lead lap.  As the laps wound down, Scott found teammate Austin Dillon and the duo charged towards the front. As the field entered the third turn on lap 94, Scott was collected in an incident that took out multiple cars from the race, thus resulting in a 27th-place finish.


Start - 8                       Finish - 27                   Laps Led - 2                            Points - 7th



"We had a fast Armour/Hungry Man Chevy and we were able to get up to the front. Getting caught in the big one is the unfortunate part of superspeedway races. We just have to lick our wounds and move on. I'm proud of the No. 2 guys and their hard work this weekend.


Austin Dillon Earns a 10th-Place Result in Wild Finish at Talladega Superspeedway


Sporting a special Watermelon paint scheme to commemorate the debut of the newest flavor of AdvoCare Spark, Austin Dillon and the Danny Stockman-led Richard Childress Racing team led laps and were in position to visit Victory Lane in the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway before posting a 10th-place finish. Dillon started the rain-delayed event from the second position, but fell one lap down to the race leader after losing power and dropping in the running order early in the event. A lap-14 caution period allowed the team to change a spark plug on the No. 3 machine and Dillon was up-to-speed for the remainder of the event. Running in the 35th position with approximately 30 laps remaining, Dillon earned the "Lucky Dog" award and returned to lead lap racing. From there, Dillon became a strong contender and utilized the tandem draft with a variety of partners to work his way to the front of the field. He was scored as the race leader when the caution was displayed as the field received the white flag. He worked with another competitor to tandem draft to a commanding lead on the final restart before becoming detached from his drafting partner. He was ultimately shuffled to 10th as multiple competitors, including Dillon, were collected in a pileup while crossing the finish line.  


Start - 2                 Finish - 10           Laps Led - 5                       Points - 6th                          


AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:  "That was a heartbreaker. We were in position to win and Parker Kligerman did a great job pushing us at the end but our tandem draft got broke up. We worked really hard as a team today and recovered from an early problem, so I want to thank Danny Stockman and all of the guys for keeping cool under pressure. They did a great job. These races are always so unpredictable."


Ty Dillon Collected in 'The Big One' at Talladega Superspeedway


After using the tandem draft to run in the front of the field for portions of the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, Ty Dillon and the No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet team were collected in a multi-car incident on lap 93 resulting in a 24th-place finish on Saturday afternoon. Dillon started the event from the 17th position and immediately found a drafting partner to take him to the front of the pack. He was scored in third on lap five and jumped to the lead on lap six. After showcasing the speed of the WESCO Chevrolet Camaro, Dillon dropped back to mid-pack to save his equipment. Utilizing routine pit stops under yellow flag conditions, crew chief Ernie Cope called for two-tires, fuel and no adjustments as Dillon was happy with the handling of the blue and white machine. The Richard Childress Racing driver was running ninth on lap 94 when competitors in front of him began spinning and collected Dillon. The Cope-led team took the No. 33 Chevrolet to the garage for repairs. Unable to fix the vehicle to NASCAR standards, Dillon and the team were relegated to a 24th-place finish.


         Start - 17          Finish - 24             Laps Led - 1          Owner's Points - 6th



"That was pretty wild. We had a really fast car today. Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the whole WESCO Chevrolet team did a great job in putting this car together. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I really think we had a car that could have won the race today. I can't thank WESCO and all of their suppliers enough for coming out and supporting us this afternoon."




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