RCR Event Preview – Homestead-Miami Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the few race tracks where team owner Richard Childress has yet to earn a NASCAR Cup Series victory. Richard Childress Racing entries have finished second on four occasions: 2003 (Kevin Harvick), 2008 (Harvick), 2009 (Jeff Burton) and 2014 (Ryan Newman). In 64 Cup Series starts, RCR has earned nine top-five and 25 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile, progressively-banked oval. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has captured three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins, including 2019 when Tyler Reddick was crowned the 2019 Xfinity Series champion.

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Catch the Action … The first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend will be televised live Saturday, June 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ second Homestead-Miami Speedway race will be televised live Sunday, June 14, beginning at 12 p.m. ET on FOX Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be televised live Sunday, June 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Dow Coatings Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Dillon has six previous NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, securing his best finish of eighth in November 2019 and a best starting position of 10th in November 2015.

Homestead-Miami Memories … The Welcome, North Carolina driver has plenty of positive memories at the 1.5-mile, intermediate-style track. In 2013, he clinched the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway by finishing 12th in the Series’ season finale. He also clinched the NASCAR Truck Series title at the track in 2011.

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What’s it like racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway?
“It’s one of the best tracks. I think it’s the most driver-friendly track. It’s fun. Actually, it’s not really friendly because you can get into the wall pretty easily, but it’s so much fun to run right up against the fence. You have to be disciplined in how you drive that track and save your tires. It’s an epic race. It’s always intense.”

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Chevy Cares Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Homestead-Miami Speedway … This Sunday will mark Tyler Reddick’s NASCAR Cup Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Reddick has two wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 1.5-mile speedway, which clinched back-to-back Xfinity Series championships. Reddick also has a fourth-place finish at the track from his part-time schedule in 2017, as well as two pole awards in the Xfinity Series. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has three NASCAR Truck Series starts at the track, starting and finishing in the top 10 for all three events.

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You’ve won your last two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, granted in a different series. Does that provide any extra confidence heading into this weekend?
“It’s tough to know if that experience will help me this weekend. These Cup cars are just so difficult to drive, especially in the dirty air like we saw at Atlanta and Fontana. Once the tires start to go away, it’s really easy to prohibit any progress on someone who is catching you on the track by moving into the lane they’re using. I even had that happen to me at Darlington last month. Being fast against the fence will be important to our long run speed this weekend, but how much we’ll be able to capitalize on that will depend on where we start a run because tires will start to fall off, and other drivers will start to move up and take your line away. It’s hard to maintain and close on other cars when they start doing that. It’s just a new challenge that comes with the Cup Series for me. We’ll need to have some versatility built into our No. 8 Chevy Cares Chevrolet this weekend, and all that depends on outright speed, what balance we bring to the track and the rest of the little things we need to have a fast car.”

This Week’s No. 21 iRacing Chevrolet Camaro at Homestead-Miami Speedway …This weekend will mark Anthony Alfredo’s debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Alfredo made one career NASCAR Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile oval in 2019.

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Fast Start for Fast Pasta … Alfredo has secured two top-ten finishes in his first three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing. He also won an
eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Saturday Night Thunder Race at Dover International Speedway during NASCAR’s hiatus from on-track competition.

Did You Know … Alfredo established his own iRacing league called the ERL (eSports Racing League) that features several talented iRacing drivers, including competitors from the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.

You’ve had an excellent start to your young NASCAR Xfinity Series career with two top-ten finishes in three races. What kind of challenges do you and your team expect to face this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with back-to-back races?
“We’ve had a great start to the season so far. I’m looking forward to carrying that momentum and getting better each week. Running two races back-to-back will be a challenge in a multitude of ways. Hydration and nutrition will be very important for me to perform at my peak during both days. Additionally, we need to take care of our car in the first race so we have something to build on for the second race. I’m looking forward to racing at the same track on consecutive days and applying what we learned from the first race into the second race. That will be crucial since there is no practice to learn from. I technically have one NASCAR Truck Series start at Homestead, but unfortunately, we had mechanical issues on the pace laps, which ended our day before the race actually started. I have a lot of confidence in our Richard Childress Racing team and I fully expect our No. 21 iRacing Chevrolet Camaro will be competitive in both races. I’ll be preparing on iRacing so that I am as prepared as possible.”

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