RCR Event Preview – Kansas Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at Kansas Speedway… In 91 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win with Kevin Harvick (2013), five top-five, and 25 top-10 finishes. Earlier this season in May 2021, both Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick picked up top-10 results. The Welcome, N.C. organization has also notched one victory (Harvick in 2006), 16 top-five, and 26 top-10 finishes in a total of 51 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Catch the Action… The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway will be televised live Saturday, October 23, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcast live on the Motor Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will be televised live Sunday, October 24, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcast live on the Motor Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Get Bioethanol Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Kansas Speedway… Dillon made his career-first start in the NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway in 2011 and has made a total of 16 NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, earning his best finish of sixth in May and October 2016. He has also made five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, earning one pole award (2013) and a best finish of second (2012). In three NASCAR Truck Series races, Dillon has earned one pole award (2011) and a best finish of fourth (2014).

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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.”

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Cat Dealer Tech Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Kansas Speedway… Reddick has four NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, earning two top-10 results. The Corning, California native’s best finish at the 1.5-mile track came earlier this season, when the No. 8 Chevrolet finished in the seventh position. In addition, Reddick has three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the Kansas City oval, starting and finishing inside the top 10 in all three events.

Checking the Stats… Reddick has the fifth best average finish (13.5) at Kansas Speedway among active drivers. The 25-year-old also has finished inside the top-10 in the last five races on 1.5-mile tracks.

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When it comes to a track like Kansas Speedway where you may be able to run the fence, do you go in with a higher sense of confidence? Or what are the keys to success at Kansas?
“I want to say I do, but it can be tough since that’s not the only way to be successful at Kansas Speedway. When I’m on the fence when the tires get warmer and we are on a longer run, the top can be a tool to help me with long run speed. I feel like when I’ve come in years past, I have almost put too much into it. My first race last year I tried to run it too much and tried to make our car the fastest car on the track when really I didn’t need to be at that time. Then, the second race we had there, my team did a really good job of making our car run well all across the racetrack, but I felt like I had to run the top and got us into a hole. So, running the top at Kansas is a lot of fun and we can get speed doing it, but it’s important to be versatile and be smart throughout the whole race. But when I think about Kansas, I also think about execution getting to pit road, being fast in and out of the box, executing the green flag stops we’re going to have throughout the stages, and managing restarts. We just need to be smart and manage other parts of the race to make sure it doesn’t get away from us. We have a good starting spot with our No. 8 Cat Dealer Tech Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, so the goal is to build on that and race smart all day long.”

Myatt Snider and the No. 2 Louisiana Hot Sauce/Hy-Vee Chevrolet Camaro at Kansas Speedway… Snider has two career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Kansas Speedway, both coming in 2020 behind the wheel of the No. 93 Chevrolet. In addition, the 26-year-old has also competed in one NASCAR Truck Series event and one ARCA Menards Series race at the 1.5-mile speedway.

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What are your thoughts heading into Kansas Speedway?
“I’m excited about heading to Kansas Speedway this weekend. RCR had a good run there last year, which gives our team confidence going into Saturday’s race. The track has a lot of speed which should play to the strengths of our No. 2 Chevrolet. The car is going to look good with the red and yellow flames of Louisiana Hot Sauce and Hy-Vee on board, so I’m glad we are going out on the 1.5-mile tracks with a nice paint scheme. I’m looking to have fun, rip the fence and hopefully when the checkered flag waves, our Camaro is coming home with a solid finish.”

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