RCR Event Preview – Kansas Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at Kansas Speedway … In 83 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win, visiting victory lane in 2013 with Kevin Harvick, among five top-five and 23 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,983 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,075 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.3. 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 Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

A Celebration of 50 Years … Help Richard Childress Racing celebrate their golden anniversary at RCR Fan Day at our campus in Welcome, North Carolina on Friday, October 25. The unique, one-day event will include driver/owner autograph sessions, panel discussions with key personnel, a kids’ interactive area, pit crew demos, shop tours and even a hauler parade to help send off our teams as they head to Martinsville Raceway. Follow RCR’s social media channels for updates regarding Fan Day and all 50th Anniversary events.

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, @TylerReddick and @DanielHemric. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at and at along with official driver pages – and

Catch the Action … The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will be televised live Sunday, October 20 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Roland Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway … Dillon has made 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, earning his best finish of sixth in May and October 2016.

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How is Kansas unique compared to some of the other 1.5-mile tracks?
“Kansas Speedway has done a really good job with their banking. There’s a line right up by the fence that has a little extra grip. There’s an angle up there that I don’t think many tracks have figured out yet, but Kansas got it right. You can run from top to bottom there. The bottom groove is the preferred groove at the beginning, but it becomes too tight to try and run around there in turns one and two sometimes depending on what the balance of your race car is. I’ve enjoyed that track a lot ever since they repaved it. I wish every track could do as good as a job as Kansas has with repaves.”

Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway … Hemric will be making his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway during this weekend’s 400-mile event. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native started 17th and finished 18th in his first start at the 1.5-mile speedway in May.

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Meet the Driver … Hemric is scheduled to make an appearance at the RCR merchandise hauler in the Kansas Speedway fan zone for an autograph session on Sunday, Oct. 20, starting at 9:40 a.m. local time.

Kansas Speedway looks very similar to other 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit, but what makes it so unique?
“Kansas Speedway is a place where throttle-on time is higher than a lot of the other 1.5-mile tracks we go to throughout the year. When we were there in May it was a night race, and I feel like our thought process going into that race and the type of cars we had built for that race was one thing that will likely be different going back there this weekend for a day race. It’s definitely not the same as any other 1.5-mile track on the schedule. They all seem to have their own characteristics that requires something different. That knife edge of what it requires that makes it different is significantly enhanced with this package as well. Hopefully, we can go there this weekend and hit on it with this No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.”

What can you take from the May race that you can apply to this weekend’s 400-mile event?
“What we needed in the spring race was completely different than what we will need this weekend because we will have completely different track conditions. This weekend, we’re going to be racing during the day. In May, we were racing at night. Ambient temperature and all of those variables are going to be way different. You may know you’re better as a company going back to a track for the second time in a season, but if you don’t make those changes to your car build and setup for those differences, get tunnel-vision on what you did that first race, you could still be behind when you unload off the truck. There is a lot up in the air, but we have a company full of smart people that will make those calls. I’ll just get in, drive the thing and offer the best feedback I can throughout the weekend.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kansas Speedway … In 48 series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, RCR has captured one victory with Kevin Harvick in 2006. The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has accumulated three pole awards, 15 top-five finishes, 25 top-10 finishes, led 420 laps and averages a starting position of 10.6 and finishing position of 12.1. RCR has completed 9,268 laps of the 9,646 (96.1 percent) that they have competed at Kansas.

Dover Review … Tyler Reddick finished 12th during the most recent Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Round of 8 … Kansas Speedway opens the Round of 8 for the Xfinity Series Playoffs. The round will continue through Texas Motor Speedway and conclude at ISM Raceway. The top four drivers at the end of the round will contend for the Championship at the season-finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Points …Tyler Reddick is third in the Xfinity Series Playoff standings.

Social Media … To keep up with the latest updates from RCR’s Xfinity Series teams, follow @RCRracing and @RCRNXS on Twitter. Updates can also be found via RCR’s Facebook Page and Instagram (@RCRracing).

Catch the Action … Coverage of this week’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kasas Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC. It will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet Camaro at Kansas Speedway … Tyler Reddick has two previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Kansas Speedway, collecting two top-five finishes and one pole award. Reddick also made his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at the spring Kansas race weekend earlier this season, finishing ninth in the event. He also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.

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Meet Reddick … Fans can meet Reddick when he visits the Team Chevy display for a Q&A session on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 9:45 a.m. local time at the Kansas Speedway fan zone.

Everyone says that while Kansas may look like a traditional 1.5-mile track, it’s changing. Have you noticed that?
“It is a little bit, but I think the tires we’ve brought the past two years have allowed it to be what it always has been, which is a place where you don’t loose a lot of pace but you do still need tires. The air pressures change so much there that the balance of the car will change with them, so that tends to be the biggest thing we focus on, more so than tire fall-off. What we saw at Chicago, a place that normally has really good tire fall-off that’s comparable to Homestead, we didn’t see much fall-off at all and that makes the racing a little bit different. I believe we’ll be on a very similar tire at Kansas this weekend, so I expect a lot less tire fall-off than what we’ve even had in the years past. We’ll still be able to move around like we have in past races at Kansas, but I don’t think our pace will fall-off as much so that could be a new challenge.”

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