No. 99 ToyotaCare Toyota CamryEvent Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Food City 250 – August 23, 2013
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
This Week’s ToyotaCare Toyota … Alex Bowman will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 040 in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This chassis last saw action at Iowa Speedway last month when Kenny Wallace drove this Toyota Camry to a 22nd-place finish.
I’ve Been Here … Bowman has competed at “Thunder Valley” once in his Nationwide Series career. In March, Bowman finished 14th in the Grit Chips 300.
RAB Racing at Bristol … In eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, RAB Racing entries have earned three top-20 finishes with drivers Bowman, John Wes Townley, and Kenny Wallace.
Chris Rice at Bristol… Crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota Camry, Chris Rice, has sat atop the pit box at Bristol Motor Speedway 13 times in his Nationwide Series career boasting seven top-20 finishes, including 40 laps led with drivers Wallace and Scott Wimmer.
Get to the Points … As we head into the 23rd race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Bowman currently occupies the 11th position in the drivers’ point standings, only 70 points out of the top 10. Owner Robby Benton holds steady in the 15th position in the Nationwide Series owners’ point standings.
Rookie Battle… Following Bowman’s 11th-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he holds down the second position in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings, 60 points behind leader Kyle Larson.
Catch the Action … The Food City 250 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live Friday, August 23rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network.
Get Social … Don’t miss any updates from Bowman and RAB Racing. Follow us on Twitter @AlexBRacing and @RAB_Racing.
Alex Bowman Quotes:
“I’m really excited to be going to Bristol this weekend… really I’m just excited to go anywhere that’s not a road course! We had two top-15 finishes at road courses, but Bristol is a track that I feel like we can run solidly in the top 10 at. In the spring race we had a good car that was going to be in the top 10, but late race contact put us into the wall and we didn’t get the finish we deserved. I really like Bristol because just like in the spring race, if the car isn’t handing how I’d like, I can adjust my line to get the most out of it. It’s going to be a great race as always and can’t wait to get back to “Thunder Valley.””
Chris Rice Quotes:
“Well Bristol is one of my favorite tracks on the Nationwide schedule. It’s a short track mixed with a speedway feel because you have such a big emphasis on car setup and track position. This track really puts a lot of pressure on the crew chief because the car setup is important, as well as the pit strategy and fuel management. It will be interesting to say the least, and I can’t wait to race under the lights!”