RCR Event Preview – Nashville Superspeedway

RCR’s NCWTS History … In 166 NCWTS starts, RCR has earned 22 wins, 67 top-five finishes, 104 top-10 finishes and 24 poles, along with the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner. The organization has an average starting position of 10.3 and an average finish position of 10.3.

RCR at Nashville … In two previous starts at Nashville, both with Austin Dillon in 2010, RCR has an average starting position of 7.5 and an average finish position of 8. The organization’s best starting position and finish position of second place came in August 2010.

99.7 percent … RCR has completed 299 out of 300 laps attempted in two previous Nashville appearances with zero DNF’s.

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Social Media …To keep up-to-date with the latest news and information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR’s Twitter page – @RCRracing, RCR’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Twitter pages – @RCR3ADillon and @RCR22JCoulter, RCR’s NCWTS driver Twitter pages – @AustinDillon3 and @JoeyCoulter, and the Official Austin Dillon Facebook fan page -http://www.facebook.com/adillon3.

Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, April 22, and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio beginning at 7:15 p.m. EDT.

Austin Dillon

No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado

Race Notes and Quotes

This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Nashville … Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 008 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in the Bully Hill Vineyards 200. This is a brand new addition to the RCR stable that will make its first paces this weekend at Nashville. Although this Chevrolet has no previous race history, the Danny Stockman-led No. 3 team has acquired extensive data on this chassis through wind tunnel testing and time on the seven-post.

Martinsville Recap … Dillon started fourth and raced anywhere from first to 16th at Martinsville Speedway, finishing seventh in the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. He led the field for 37 circuits but was passed by Kyle Busch during a lap-219 restart, and was shuffled back to sixth in the running order. Dillon finished seventh and is now seventh in the series point standings heading into Nashville.

Dillon at Nashville… In two previous appearances at Nashville, both as a NCWTS rookie in 2010, Dillon has posted a 14th-place finish (April) and a second-place finish (August), completing 299 out of 300 laps attempted at the concrete speedway. His best qualifying attempt was second in August.

Getting Loopy … Dillon has posted some impressive loop data statistics so far this season:

First in the category of average running position with a 6.268 average

First in the category of average starting position with a 3.0 average

First in the category of laps in top 15 (636 laps run in the top-15/ 97.8 percent of the time)

Fourth in the category of driver rating, with a driver rating of 100.2, a formula combining wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps, lead-lap finish

Fourth in the category of fastest drivers early in a run (first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop)

Fifth in the category of percentage of laps run on the lead lap (643 out of 650 laps/98.9 percent)

Sixth in the category of fastest drivers late in a run (last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop)

Eighth in the category of fastest on restarts (speed of first two laps run under green)

Meet Austin Dillon … Dillon will be at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Nashville, Tenn. (323 Opry Mills Dr

Nashville, TN 37214) from 6-8 p.m. local time on Thursday, April 21. The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet will also be on display.

Double Duty … Following Friday’s NCWTS race, Dillon will make his debut in the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc. in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. Dillon made his Nationwide Series debut in September, 2008 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, and has seven career starts with one top-five and one top-ten finish. Flag-to-flag coverage of the Nashville 300 will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, April 23, and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

Give us a recap of your race at Martinsville …

“We led laps and I had a lot of fun. I wish we would have done just a little bit better, but we accomplished our goals. I feel like we have made our short track program a lot better, so I’m looking forward to going to more short tracks this year.”

You’re bringing a brand new truck this weekend …

“Yeah, Danny Stockman and all of the guys work hard to make sure we have good equipment at the track. I can’t say enough about those guys. The Chevrolets I bring to the track each week are just amazingly fast. This is a brand new truck that hasn’t been to the track yet, but the guys have taken it to the wind tunnel and the seven post several times so I know we’ll be good. Now that it’s our second year in the Truck Series, we actually have a notebook to work off of, and that helps a lot.”

Are you a country music fan?

“Oh yeah, I love country music. It would be awesome to get the guitar (the Nashville Superspeedway trophy). I like old country, new country, a little bit of everything. I listen to classic country with my grandfather. I don’t know how to play the guitar, but I told my crew chief Danny Stockman that if we are ever fortunate enough to win the Gibson Guitar at Nashville, we will enlist my buddy Tim Dugger (country music singer) to help us learn.”

Joey Coulter

No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado

Race Notes and Quotes

This Week’s RCR Chevrolet at Nashville … Joey Coulter will pilot chassis No. 009 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in the Bully Hill Vineyards 200. This is the same Chevrolet that Coulter drove to a ninth-place finish after starting 10th at Phoenix International Raceway in February.

Martinsville Recap … Coulter started 23rd and finished 17th at Martinsville after running as high as second during the 250-lap race, his highest career running position in the NCWTS-to-date. The NCWTS rookie fell back in the running order late in the race after getting shuffled to the outside line and then developing a tight-handling condition.

Coulter at Nashville… Coulter has no previous starts at Nashville.

Getting Loopy … Coulter has posted some impressive loop data statistics so far this season:

Eighth in the category of fastest drivers early in a run.

12th in the category of green-flag speed.

13th in the category of quality passes.

14th in the category of fastest drivers late in a run.

17th in the category of average running position with a 19.675 average.

20th in the category of driver rating with a driver rating of 63.6, a formula combining wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps, lead-lap finish.

Meet Joey Coulter … Coulter will join NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers in an autograph session from 1-2 p.m. local time at the Nashville Superspeedway Expo area located outside of Gate 3.

JOEY COULTER QUOTES:

Give us a recap of your race at Martinsville …

“Overall, it was a really fun day, especially running up in the top 10 and top five. I was bummed about those late caution flag periods because I felt like we had a great truck on long green-flag runs. We just got hung out in the outside lane on those final restarts and ended up battling to a solid top-20 finish.”

Are you a country music fan?

“Yeah, I like country music a lot, especially Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Toby Keith. I listen to pretty much everything, usually on SIRIUS XM Radio.”

How does a rookie prepare for Nashville?

“I’ve been watching a lot of past races and talking to my teammate Austin Dillon a lot about the different characteristics of the tracks and the things he learned the first time he went there. I’ve also been playing with my racing simulator, trying to get used to how the garages work and getting on and off pit road. That’s pretty much it.”

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