Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Richard Childress Racing going for fourth Michigan win

RCR already has two wins this season. Things looking good.
Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway … In 160 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, RCR teams have earned three wins, two with Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990) and the most recent with Kevin Harvick (August 2010). Additionally, RCR has claimed 23 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, who recorded top-10 finishes at MIS in June 1978 and August 1979.

RCR in the MENCS
… In 2,778 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 479 top-five finishes and 1,039 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR XFINITY Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

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Accelerating the Cure for Cancer … Each of the RCR entries will run memorial decals this weekend to celebrate the life of a dear friend to the RCR family, Laurie Parkhurst. Read Laurie’s story and donate to Laurie’s Fund at LauriesFund.org.

Interactive RCR … For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR’s corporate Twitter page – @RCRracing – along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page – @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @RyanJNewman. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages – http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3, www.facebook.com/PaulMenard27 and www.facebook.com/RyanNewmanNASCAR.

Catch the Action … The FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled to be televised live on Sunday, June 18 on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.

This Week’s Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway
… Michigan International Speedway ranks as one of Dillon’s most seasoned tracks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, with nine starts at the two-mile facility. He finished fourth in August 2015 to earn his best finish at the track and finished 16th in his most recent start in August 2016. He also earned his best starting position, fourth, in August 2015.

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To the Broadcast Booth
… FOX Sports is adding Dillon as a driver analyst for its final NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race of the 2017 season. Dillon will help Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip call the race from Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1 in his FOX NASCAR Broadcast booth debut. Dillon also serves as a recurring analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, the most-watched daily NASCAR news and highlights program (Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. ET).


Is the asphalt at Michigan aging since the repave?

“Well I think, just seeing Pocono, I thought it had changed colors a little bit since last year even. Yeah, I think the asphalt will be aged a little bit differently than last year. We will have to work on some grip with the low downforce package. Michigan is one of those places you can really make some ground up if you run well there on the long run.”

Describe the sensation of speed at Michigan International Speedway going into Turn 1:
“With tracks so big you do when you get loose that is for sure. When a car is not handling well you feel out of control, you’ve got to have a solid piece under you. It takes small adjustments to kind of creep on up and have a good day.”

This Week’s NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway
… Paul Menard will return to Michigan International Speedway for his 22nd start at the track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has scored four top-five finishes, all of which were fourth-place finishes. He has a total of six top-10 finishes. Menard has led 16 laps in the series at Michigan and has never recorded a DNF. Also experiencing success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the two-mile track, he has one win in 2014 and one pole award in 2011. He has led 74 laps in the XFINITY Series at Michigan and, again, has finished every race he has started.

Ahead of the flow
… NIBCO is a recognized leading provider of valves, fittings and flow control products for commercial, industrial and institutional construction as well as residential and irrigation markets. Founded in Northern Indiana, NIBCO has a manufacturing history that spans 110 years and has operated under four generations of family leadership and employee ownership. Serving a global marketplace, NIBCO operates 10 manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Mexico and Poland.

Meet Paul … Menard will join Brandon Jones and the Jack Links Sasquatch at the Menards store in Jackson, Mich., located at 3588 Page Avenue, on Thursday, June 15. He will be meeting fans and signing autographs at 7:00 p.m. local time.


After the repave, do you feel like Michigan is starting to come back into its own and widen back out?

“It’s definitely getting there. It’s still extremely fast, the fastest track that we go to. With the low downforce package, really extremely low downforce, we’ll be pushing 220 miles per hour down the straightaway but then you have to back it down for the corners. The track has widened back out. It’s not like the old Michigan by any stretch, but it’s getting better. I really enjoy going to Michigan. I’ve run well there in both Cup and XFINITY. I’ve led laps and have scored solid finishes. It’ll be fun to take our No. 27 NIBCO / Menards out there and see what we can make happen this weekend.”

This Week’s VELVEETA® Shells & Cheese Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway
… Newman will make his 563rd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when the Series competes in the Irish Hills of Michigan. In 31 Cup Series events at MIS, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall 2003 and spring 2004 events. The “Rocket Man” also owns a pole award. In total, he’s recorded five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has led 113 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.3 and average finish of 16.7. And in four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the speedway, he has visited victory lane two times (2001, 2005).


What is the hardest thing to figure out at Michigan International Speedway?

“The hardest thing for us to figure out at Michigan is having a good balance in Turns 1 and 2 and then having the same good balance in Turns 3 and 4. I think Michigan is more challenging as far as getting both ends to handle well versus getting all three corners right at Pocono Raceway.”

It seems as if Michigan has become more about fuel mileage, but will it be any different now that we have stages?
“The bigger the track, the odds are in favor of a race being a fuel-mileage race at some point. We’ll see especially with this summer stretch of Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the road courses where fuel mileage is more important now than it is the rest of the season.”

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