RCR Post Race Report — NNS Watkins Glen International

Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Brian Scott), 12th (Austin Dillon) and 14th (Brendan Gaughan).
  • Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by three points over Sam Hornish Jr, while Scott is seventh in the standings, 56 points behind the leader.
  • The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks third in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team ninth in the standings and the No. 33 team 13th.
  • According to NASCAR’s Post Race Loop Data Statistics, Scott ranked ninth in Average Running Position with an Average Running Place of 9.902.
  • Dillon ranked fifth in Green Flag Passes with 39.
  • Gaughan ranked 10th in Quality Passes with 15.
  • Brad Keselowski earned his fourth victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Hornish, Vickers, Smith and Sadler.
  • The next Nationwide Series race is the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, August 17. The 22nd race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio Channel 90.


Brian Scott Earns 11th-Place Finish at Watkins Glen International


Brian Scott and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet team earned an 11th-place result in the 82-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon, after starting from the seventh position. Once the initial green flag waved at the seven-turn road course, Scott maintained a top-10 position through the first half of the race pitting for fuel, four tires and air pressure adjustments under caution on laps 18 and 43. The Idaho native was scored 13th for the lap 46 restart and was called down pit road by crew chief Phil Gould on lap 50 to top off with fuel under green. Able to go the distance on fuel, Scott stayed on track during a lap 58 caution period, picked up five positions and restarted seventh with 21 laps remaining. During the final circuits, the RCR driver kept the car on course and crossed the finish line in the 11th place. The finish moved him up one position, to seventh, in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings. 


Start – 7         Finish – 11         Laps Led – 0         Points – 7



“The team did a really good job on pit road with the stops and strategy calls. I was happy with the car and we only had to make minor air pressure and track bar adjustments during the race. I felt like I gave it my all, really got into the turns aggressively and hit my marks. We were better than when were at Road America, so that means we should be even better next week when we go to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.”


Austin Dillon Earns 12th-Place Finish in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International


Austin Dillon maintained his lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship standings by earning a 12th-place finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon. Dillon started the Zippo 200 at The Glen from the 14th spot and noted a tight-handling condition during his initial run, especially through the carousal turn of the seven-turn road course. Dillon was scored in the 16th position when the Danny Stockman-led team made their first pit stop of the race under yellow-flag conditions on lap 18 for tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to correct the handling issues. Restarting in the 17th position on lap 20, the Richard Childress Racing driver raced his way into the 13th position when the caution flag was displayed on lap 25, prompting several teams to pit. The No. 3 team stayed on the track and Dillon gained several positions, advancing to ninth for the lap-29 restart. Dillon was in the eighth spot when he missed the bus stop on lap 38, causing him to stop on the race track and drop to 15th in the running order. The Welcome, N.C., driver made a fuel-only pit stop under green-flag conditions on lap 50. The team gained track position in the late stages of the event as several competitors made their last round of pit stops during a lap 58 full course caution while Dillon stayed on the track. Dillon restarted from the 10th position on lap 61 but experienced fuel pickup issues in the closing laps of the race that slowed his lap times and resulted in a 12th-place result.


Start – 14          Finish – 12       Laps Led – 0                Points – 1                           




“Today was a big improvement over last year for the No. 3 AdvoCare team so we have a lot to be proud of. We just struggled with the fuel cell at the end of the race. If we would not have had the issue with the fuel bogging down at the end of the race we could have accomplished our goal of getting a top 10 finish. I feel like we can’t win the championship at these road course races, but we can lose it. It’s onto Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next week and I’m excited for that race. We’re bringing the same car that we raced today at Watkins Glen International and I think we will be good.”


Brendan Gaughan Finishes 14th at Watkins Glen International


Brendan Gaughan and the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino team collected a 14th-place finish at Watkins Glen International after battling a loose-handling condition during the early laps of the 82-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday afternoon. The Las Vegas native rolled off 16th for the 200-mile race, and quickly alerted crew chief Ernie Cope that his black and gold Chevrolet was loose in the esses of the seven-turn road course. Cope instructed his driver to pit road on laps 18 and 43 for scheduled four-tire pit stops and adjustments to correct the car’s handling issues. As the race progressed, Gaughan hovered around the top 20 in the running order and settled into the top 15 during the final laps. The Richard Childress Racing driver ultimately crossed the finish line 14th.


Start – 16         Finish – 14         Laps Led – 0         Points – N/A



“I had a hard time getting a feel for the car today, it didn’t come to me like I thought it would. We were loose in the esses during the early laps, and the adjustments didn’t tighten me up like I needed them to. I tried running different lines, which helped. We gained ground in the end, but we just didn’t have enough to get the finish we wanted.”