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RCR Post Race Report -- Texas
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
RACE: Samsung Mobile 500
TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
DATE: April 9, 2011
Top-Five Finish Under the Lights of Texas Motor Speedway for Menard and the Quaker State/Menards Team
Paul Menard sported a slightly different look this weekend, carrying a special paint scheme on the No. 27 Chevrolet. "Quaker State green" and "Menards yellow" decorated the Richard Childress Racing Impala as Menard started 19th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway. Within 25 laps, Menard moved into the top 15 and never looked back. Menard reported to the Quaker State/Menards team that the car's handling was tight as he entered the corners, but that the drive off was very good. Crew chief Slugger Labbe made calls for minor adjustments with each pit stop which, coupled with the track's changing conditions as the sun set, the car's handling shifted slightly and Menard requested help with the drive off of the corners as it was a little too tight. He entered the top 10 shortly after the halfway point of the 334-lap race. A caution for debris on lap 210 gave the Labbe-led team the opportunity to make additional adjustments. The Quaker State/Menards crew executed a four-tire pit stop, adding Sunoco fuel and reversing the wedge adjustment from the previous visit to pit road. Menard restarted from the 10th position and quickly climbed up to sixth. The final caution of the night was brought out by a multi-car accident on the backstretch of the 1.5-mile speedway. The race returned to green-flag conditions on lap 222 where it remained until the checkered flag was displayed on lap 334. Menard came in for two additional pit stops, getting four fresh tires and fuel with each visit. Happy with the car's balance, he asked that his team make no further adjustments. In the closing laps, Menard battled to return to the top five and it became apparent that fuel mileage was going to play a role in the night's results. With some teams on different pit strategies, it wasn't until 12 laps to go that the race leader relinquished his position and came to pit road.
One car remained in the top-five runners that had not refueled. On the final lap, the No. 14 car ran out of fuel and Menard snagged the fifth spot as the field took the checkered flag. The fifth-place finish marks Menard's second of 2011 and his fourth overall in his NSCS career. Still recovering from his 38th-place result in Martinsville as a result of over-heating due to damage sustained on track, he climbed to 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings with the fifth-place finish in Texas and sits only four points out of the 10th spot.
Start - 19 Finish - 5 Laps Led - 0 Points - 11
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
"We had a fast car all weekend at Texas (Motor Speedway). Quaker State, which has been a long-time supporter of mine, came on board this weekend with some different colors on the car, which was pretty neat. They'll be back with us for three more races this year. We had hoped to debut the paint scheme in victory lane, but a solid top-five finish is something for this team to be proud of. We didn't qualify as well as we had hoped, but made a lot of small adjustments all night long while we tried to keep up with the track changes as the sun went down. The track freed up a little bit as the night went on. If the biggest challenge I have is coming out of the box with a brand new race team this year, we're looking good."
Harvick, No. 29 Team Return to Victory Lane for the Second Time this Season
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team left Texas Motor Speedway with a 20th-place finish in Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500. After starting from the 29th position, the No. 29 team struggled with the handling of the Budweiser Chevrolet throughout the race and Harvick wasn't able to gain a lot of ground. The team attempted to make gains on the first two trips to pit road, but instead lost ground through no fault of their own. On the first stop, Harvick was caught between the No. 47 and No. 00 teams that were pitted on either side of the No. 29's stall. On the following trip to pit road, the No. 00 car spun leaving his pit box, blocking Harvick behind the No. 47 in the No. 29 team's stall. The No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team made air pressure and chassis adjustments throughout the race to help the car's handling. Despite the changes, Harvick continued to battle to stay inside the top 20. Two long green-flag runs in the second half of the race left Harvick down two laps to the leaders going into the final run of the race. In the closing laps, a couple of teams ran out of fuel, moving the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet up to the 20th position when the checkered flag waved.
Start - 29 Finish - 20 Laps Led - 0 Points - 9
GIL MARTIN QUOTES:
The streak had to come to an end, but I bet this isn't what you expected at Texas. "No. It's not, but it's not the end of the world either. We've had a good race every race this year. Sooner or later you're going to have a bad one. We'll bounce back from it."
Does this give you any concern for the next mile-and-a-half race track? "No, not at all. It's just one of those things that happens. We'll come back from it. We're tough."
The other three RCR teammates were all top 12 and your team won two in a row. What does that say about RCR? "I just think it shows how strong our whole organization is. All the cars have run good every week, just the other three guys, especially the No. 31, have had some bad luck. Tonight, they were able to put a pretty decent finish together. It just shows that none of the teams are weak and that they're all pretty strong. We've just been able to put some of them together at the end."
Burton, Cat Racing Team Turn Season Around with 11th-Place Finish at Texas
In his 900th career NASCAR start, Jeff Burton and the Cat Racing team turned their troubled early season finishes into a respectable 11th-place effort on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Posting his second-best qualifying effort of the 2011 season, Burton rolled off the starting grid 12th and lost seven positions in the opening 10 laps before an early caution provided an opportunity for crew chief Todd Berrier to summon the 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner to pit road for two fresh right-side tires with air pressure adjustments. That pit call proved to be beneficial as Burton began his accent through the field to as high as 11th. For the remainder of the first half of the 334-lap affair, the veteran driver visited pit road on four scheduled occasions to keep up with the changing track conditions. Burton was running 13th at the halfway mark and advanced to 11th at the night's final two caution periods that occurred at laps 209 and 215. Adjustments made to the Caterpillar Chevrolet during those slowdowns kept his lap times in the ball game despite having issues turning through the 24-degree banked turns. The final green-flag run placed a handful of teams on different pitting sequences but, in the end, Burton took the checkered flag 11th and posted his best finish of the season thus far.
Start - 12 Finish - 11 Points Position - 25 Laps Led - 0
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
"After having bad luck follow us from Daytona all the wayto Martinsville, I'm happy with our finish today. The Caterpillar Chevrolet was fast all night despite being loose and tight at times. We just need to get better at a few things as a team and we'll be right back up there. Tonight was proof that this team can do it and we'll keep digging until the wins start coming."
Bowyer Scores Career-High Finish at Texas Motor Speedway
Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet team, riding momentum from two straight top-10 finishes, led 44 laps en route to a second-place result in the Samsung Mobile 500 under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. Starting from the third position while the sun was still out at the Fort Worth, Texas-based facility, the No. 33 Chevrolet was a dominant car from the beginning of the 334-lap event. In the opening laps, Bowyer gave feedback to crew chief Shane Wilson that the car was running a little bit tight in the turns. After the sun went down, everything, from the significant drop in track temperature to air pressure adjustments during pit stops, helped Bowyer remain in the top five until he weaved his way through the field, taking the lead on lap 200. After coming down pit road under green-flag conditions just past the halfway point of the race in the third position, Bowyer, once again, plowed his way through the top five to take the lead on lap 214 where he would pace the field until a minor incident on lap 248 involving the No. 83 car. The Emporia, Kan., native rubbed fenders with his competitor while on the TMS frontstretch and managed to save the No. 33 Chevrolet from spinning through the infield grass. After the contact, Bowyer slid back as far as fourth, but thanks to a strong car and great pit stops by the "Helping Hands" pit crew, he would climb up the leaderboard again over the 113-lap green-flag run to the checkered flag and bring home a runner-up finish behind Matt Kenseth. With his impressive finish, Bowyer moved up four more spots to 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
CLINT BOWYER QUOTE:
"It was a good night and a good weekend for us. I'm really proud of everybody on this Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet. We've come on, had solid runs and we're clicking now. That's what it takes in this sport. You have to be able to get on a momentum swing, get some confidence built back up and you have to start with that. I can't say enough about everybody digging in deep, bringing good equipment to the race track, and having great finishes. I got in the lead there, and got away from him (Matt Kenseth) once but I was driving as hard as I possibly could to stay in front of him, obviously. I got into the (No.) 83 car,and about ruined our night for us. But, it was a solid run. It's a run we can be proud of."
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Richard Childress Racing at the Brickyard 400 July, 2010
#33 Clint Bowyer has a new paint scheme
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Bass Pro Shops and RCR Partner to Bring Back Famous No. 3
Photo credit to Harold Hinson Photography
Richard Childress Racing and Bass Pro Shopshave reached a partnership agreement for third-generation driver Austin Dillon to compete in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado for the majority of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.
This RCR/Bass Pro Shops partnership is the latest chapter of a relationship which began in 1998 when the nation’s No. 1 outdoor retailer signed on as an associate sponsor of RCR’s No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo with legendary driver Dale Earnhardt. The relationship continued with Kevin Harvick and the No 29 Chevrolet and, in 2004, Kerry Earnhardt, Dale’s eldest son, drove RCR’s No. 33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Monte Carlo in six Sprint Cup Series races.
“All of us at Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats are tickled to death to once again partner with Richard Childress and the RCR team,” stated Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “ Austin is a promising young driver with a great future ahead of him,” continued Morris. “He also has a passion for hunting, fishing, and conservation just like his grandpa.”
Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Springfield , Mo. The outdoor retail leader has 56 stores throughout the United States and Canada , serving over 100 million sportsmen a year.
Dillon, 19, is the grandson of RCR President and CEO, Richard Childress , and the son of Mike Dillon , a former NASCAR driver who is now RCR’s vice president of competition. The Clemmons, N.C., native began his racing career in 2005 driving Bandaleros and Legends cars, progressing to dirt and asphalt Late Model cars by 2007. He earned rookie of the year honors and finished second in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East point standings. That same year, Dillon made his NASCAR Nationwide Series deb ut at Richmond International Raceway in September and earned a fourth-place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park in October in only his second race.
In 2009, Dillon competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series, ARCA Series, Nationwide Series and made two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving RCR’s famous black No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado. In the fall of 2009, he enrolled in High Point University ’s Nido R. Quebin School of Communications as an incoming freshman student.
“I’m very excited about welcoming Bass Pro Shops back to RCR,” said Dillon. “Hunting and racing have always been two of my family’s biggest passions and to be able to bring them together through Bass Pro Shops is truly special. This great partnership will create more awareness to hunting and wildlife conservation.”
RCR won the first NCWTS race, at Phoenix International Raceway, and went on to capture the series’ first championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner driving the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Silverado. Skinner won 16 races in two seasons and Jay Sauter would earn four more victories before RCR discontinued the program at the conclusion of the 1999 season. In 132 NCWTS starts, RCR-prepared trucks earned 20 victories, 59 top-five and 85 top-10 finishes.
“It’s great to see the black No. 3 Chevy Silverado back on the track, especially with Bass Pro Shops on board with the program,” said Richard Childress , president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “I’m proud to have personally endorsed Bass Pro Shops since 1998 and I look forward to this exciting new chapter of our partnership. The great things Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops do for wildlife and outdoor conservation is very important. Austin and I are proud to spread the word about conservation as well as making the youth of America more aware of the importance and fun of hunting and fishing and conserving the great outdoors.”
RCR has fielded Chevrolet Silverados for eight drivers in the NCWTS: Bill Cooper, Austin Dillon, Mike Dillon , Tim George Jr., Dave Marcis, Jay Sauter, Jim Sauter, and Skinner.
About Bass Pro Shops Group:
Bass Pro Shops-55 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 100 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations.
For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.
Tracker Marine Group– Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly, Fisher, Pro Craft, Kenner , Mako, and SeaCraft boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide. For more information go to www.trackermarine.com.
Stephen Leicht, No. 29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express Chevrolet Impala SS
Photo By Dan Peters (Milwaukee 2009)
The Return of the Legendary #3 at Iowa Speedway..
The #3 "Bad Boy Mowers Chevrolet Silverado at Iowa Speedway during practice
Photos By Dan Peters
Austin Dillon No. 2 Chevrolet Impala SS
July 25, 2009 O’Reilly Raceway Park – Indianapolis , Ind.
The start at ORP was Dillon's Fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series Start
Photo By Dan Peters
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Taylor Earnhardt Completes First Runs in RCR No. 3 Chevrolet Her Father Made Famous
GOODWOOD, England (July 3, 2009) – Taylor Earnhardt, daughter of Dale and Teresa Earnhardt, completed two hillclimb runs in the first day of the 17th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo her father made famous.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex , a place of significant British motorsports history. This year’s gathering includes a number of NASCAR stock cars in honor of the 50th anniversary of Daytona International Speedway that will participate in both demonstration and competition runs up the nine-turn, 1.16-mile hillclimb circuit.
“It was a great experience driving my dad’s race car today,” said the younger Earnhardt. “There are so many great race cars and race drivers here and I was honored to be able to run with them. The Goodwood Festival is an amazing event and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
The car was prepared and is being taken care of at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by former No. 3 team crew members Danny Lawrence and Rich Burgess. The No. 3 Chevy was the car Dale Earnhardt drove to his 76th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in October 2000 at Talladega ( Ala. ) Superspeedway. Lawrence is currently the assistant head engine builder/trackside manager for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines and Burgess is the shop manager for RCR’s No. 31 Caterpillar team in the NSCS.
“ Taylor did a really good job,” said Lawrence . “She doesn’t have a lot of experience in a race car but she learned pretty quick and held her own out there. I was told there were about 125,000 fans here today so it had to be a little intimidating. But, she knows a thing or two about intimidating so it didn’t seem to bother her any. She should have even more confidence for tomorrow’s runs.”
Childress Denies Reported Lawsuit Against GM
Welcome, NC (June 22, 2009) – The following is a statement from Richard Childress , president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing regarding allegations that RCR has filed a lawsuit against General Motors:
“I would like to set the record straight that RCR has NOT filed a lawsuit against General Motors and I do not appreciate anyone suggesting otherwise. As is standard practice in bankruptcy proceedings, RCR has made a filing which is common among creditors in these situations. As previously stated as recently as this past weekend in Sonoma , RCR is proud to be associated with General Motors and we are working closely with them during these difficult economic times.”
About Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com), celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009, has earned more than 180 victories and 12 NASCAR championships, including six in the Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Its 2009 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes Casey Mears (No. 07 Jack Daniel’s), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil), Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar) and Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper). Its 2009 Nationwide Series lineup includes Bowyer, Burton and Stephen Leicht (No. 29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express) as well as Austin Dillon and Sean Caisse (No. 2 RCR Chevrolet.)
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