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RCR Race Preview: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… In 136 NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has recorded four wins. Clint Bowyer leads the organization with two victories (2007 and 2010) while Robby Gordon (2001) and Kevin Harvick (2006) also won with RCR at the Magic Mile. The Welcome, N.C., based team has 16 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes. In 2023, Austin Dillon led RCR in the Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, claiming a ninth-place after leading 12 laps.

Richard Childress Racing In the NASCAR Xfinity Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… RCR has one win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition (Kevin Harvick in 2007) and has racked up 17 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes. Austin Hill led the way for RCR at New Hampshire in 2023 with a third-place finish at the 1.058-mile speedway.

Catch the Action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… The SciAps 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, June 22 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA. The race will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Tune-In on Sunday… The USA Today 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be televised live on Sunday, June 23 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. The race will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… Austin Dillon has made 14 NASCAR Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, earning his best finish of eighth in July 2015. Last year, he finished ninth after leading 12 laps of the Cup Series race after a rain delay pushed the race to Monday afternoon. Dillon has earned four top-five, and five top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track. He is a former New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner in the NASCAR Truck Series, winning the race from the pole position in 2015.

About Bass Pro Shops… Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations, and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops united with Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations, and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.” Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

What are your thoughts on New Hampshire Motor Speedway?

“I’ve always enjoyed New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This place reminds me of a giant paperclip. Despite being flat, it’s rough. Corner entry is fun there. It’s different. It’s a different type of feel than what we have anywhere else. It is important to have a car that allows you to get into the corner deep if you want to be fast at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The corner is flat, and there is not much banking to hold you. If your car is stable on entry, it helps the rest of the corner so you can be aggressive and make passes. Entry speed is also an important factor. I feel like the car will have to get into the corner and rotate in the center and drive off. At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, everything that matters at short tracks matters there.”

Kyle Busch and the No. 8 FICO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… Kyle Busch will make his 33rd NASCAR Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Busch has three wins at the 1.058-mile New England speedway, scoring victories in 2006, 2015, and 2017, which is tied for most victories among active drivers. His most dominant win came in 2017 when he won the pole, led the most laps, and had an average running position of 1.43. The driver of the FICO Chevrolet has 11 top-five (tied for the most among active drivers) and 16 top-10 finishes in 32 previous Cup races at New Hampshire. He has led 1,134 laps in Cup Series competition at New Hampshire, second-best among active drivers. Busch has six wins in 12 NASCAR Xfinity Series races and owns three victories in NASCAR Truck Series competition at New Hampshire.

Did You Know? Kyle Busch is the most recent Cup Series driver to win from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2017).

Points Update… Busch enters this weekend 16th in the Cup Series driver championship point standings, 31 points below the Playoff cutline.

Welcome FICO… FICO, Richard Childress Racing and Busch are teaming up to raise awareness about the need for financial education. For the millions of NASCAR fans across the country, knowledge about money, financial planning, how credit works and the importance of building good financial habit are critical life skills. FICO, RCR and Busch want to share information and resources so that everyone in the NASCAR community can achieve their financial goals, such as paying for education, buying a home, or running a business.

FICO is a leading analytics software firm best known for its gold standard FICO® Score. Learn more about the FICO, RCR and Busch partnership, here: https://www.fico.com/en/newsroom/fico-and-richard-childress-racing-kick-financial-and-credit-education-partnership-nascar.

KYLE BUSCH QUOTES:

What makes New Hampshire Motor Speedway so challenging?

“New Hampshire is a really tricky racetrack. It’s super flat and has bumpy characteristics to it as well. The asphalt has really gotten old over the years. It feels like racing over highway cracks, but those are all characteristics of a good racetrack. It’s just really challenging and very tough to pass. Everybody says it’s multi-groove. You could run three different grooves there, but there’s really only one that’s fast and that’s the middle one. It makes for a challenging Sunday.”

Why has New Hampshire Motor Speedway been so tough for you in the last few years?

“Unfortunately, for me, the last couple of years at New Hampshire have been a huge struggle. This new Next Gen car and I have just not gone well together at New Hampshire. It’s been easy for me to get in trouble because of the nature of the car, the way it rides, the bumps, and the different topography of the track at each end to make grip. It’s definitely a challenge of moving your line around in the corners to improve the balance of the car because this new car doesn’t like different angles and transitions very well.”

You’ve won four poles at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Why do you qualify so well there?

“I feel like qualifying at New Hampshire is important just because of track position. It’s so hard to pass, so making sure you’re in good position at the start of the race is important to keep your day simple. I’ve always put an emphasis on qualifying to make sure we do well.”

Jesse Love and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Camaro SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… Jesse Love will make his inaugural start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The Menlo Park, California native’s first-ever laps at ”The Magic Mile” will take place during NASCAR Xfinity Series practice on Friday afternoon.

Whelen Home Race… Located 70 miles from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Whelen Engineering has one of their two facilities based in Charlestown, New Hampshire. Every Whelen product is proudly designed, sourced, and manufactured from start to finish at their two facilities in Chester, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

Pit Stop in Charlestown, NH… On Thursday, June 20, Love and Crew Chief Danny Stockman visited the Whelen Engineering facility in Charlestown, New Hampshire to get a behind-the-scenes look at its production and operations. During the facility tour, Whelen employees had the opportunity to meet Love and Stockman, as well as see the No. 2 Whelen Camaro and the Talladega Superspeedway trophy, as well as tour the team hauler. Love distributed signed hero cards and took photos with employees throughout the day.

About Whelen Engineering… Whelen Engineering is a family-owned company with a pioneering spirit and a passion to protect the lives of those who protect and serve others. The company mission is to provide industry-defining safety solutions around the world, while creating a community of problem-solvers who are inspired to push boundaries and continue our legacy of delivering ground-breaking innovation. As a global leader in the emergency warning industry, Whelen has been trusted to perform since 1952, when George Whelen III invented the first rotating aviation beacon. Whelen now encompasses two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire with over 750,000 square feet of engineering and manufacturing space and the largest design staff in the industry. Every part of every Whelen product is proudly designed and manufactured in America. We embrace quality as our foundation, we celebrate innovative engineering in every product we produce.

Meet Love… On Friday, June 21 from 2:15 p.m. ET, Love is scheduled to sign autographs at the New England Racing Museum, located on property of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Saturday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET, Love and his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Austin Hill, will join fellow Xfinity Series drivers for a series autograph session in the Fan Zone at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Stop by to meet the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points leader.

JESSE LOVE QUOTE:

Describe your thoughts heading to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time.

“We didn’t have the result that we wanted last week, but our Whelen team is looking to rebound strong. I’ve never raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before, but I feel confident that Danny Stockman and my guys on the No. 2 team are going to bring another fast Chevrolet. We are unloading really fast cars at the track each and every week, but we need to start putting together the finishes. Sometimes that is out of our control and sometimes that is in our control. When it’s in our control, that’s when we need to capitalize. To have a strong run this weekend would mean a lot to our team and everyone at Whelen. It was awesome to see their facility in Charlestown and get a firsthand look at all the processes and tools they have in place to create products that help protect first responders.”

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet Camaro SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway… Austin Hill has two career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, piloting the No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet Camaro to a top-10 finish in each event. Last season after starting from the eighth position, the Winston, Georgia native drove a consistent race to take the checkered flag in third place. Hill has also competed in two ARCA Racing Series East events at the 1.058-mile oval, capturing two top-10 finishes (seventh in 2014 and fifth in 2015).

About Bennett Family of Companies… McDonough-Ga. based Bennett Family of Companies is a woman-owned, Women’s Enterprise Business Council (WBENC) certified, diversified transportation and logistics company. Through its 14 affiliated operating companies, the Bennett Family of Companies delivers integrated transportation and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Bennett has 4,625 drivers/owner-operators, over 1,000 employees and 600 agents located across the United States. For more information, visit www.bennettig.com.

Meet Hill… On Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Hill is scheduled to stop by “The Morning Show” for a question-and-answer session in the Fan Zone at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Immediately following at 11:30 a.m. ET, Hill will join his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Jesse Love, and fellow competitors for a series autograph session in the Fan Zone at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Stop by to meet the eight-time Xfinity Series race winner before the green flag waves.

AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:

Two top-10 finishes in your two Xfinity Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. What is the outlook heading into Saturday’s race?

“New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been an interesting track for our No. 21 team the last couple of years. My rookie season, our car was solid. It had good drive, especially during the first run, but then it needed to be a little freer the longer we ran. Last year, our car wasn’t the greatest but between missing the melee and battling hard, we were able to finish third. It was free on entry and tight across the middle. When I put the throttle down, it would lose rear lateral and sheer the back of the car. With all that being said though, our team is bringing fast Chevrolets to the track each week. Hopefully during our practice session on Friday afternoon, we can fine tune the handling and post a good qualifying effort to put ourselves in a position during the race.”

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com

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