RCR Races to Chicagoland

Brian Scott

Chicagoland Speedway is Brian Scott's best 1.5-mile track on the schedule based off his 9.9 average finish in seven starts. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Richard Childress Racing Nationwide Series teams look to keep moving up the series point standings with a good outing in Saturday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

All three of RCR’s regular trio of drivers – Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Brendan Gaughan – are inside the top 10 of the standings heading into the weekend’s first of two series visits to the 1.5-mile track.

Dillon enters Chicago fourth in the standings and will pilot the same Chevrolet Camaro that he drove to a seventh-place finish at Kentucky Speedway last month.

While he’ll be making his Chicagoland Nationwide debut, Dillon has a pair of Camping World Truck Series starts at the track and won an ARCA race back in 2011.

"We're going back to a 1.5-mile track, where I see our team improving greatly,” Dillon said. “We raced this same Camaro a few weeks ago in Kentucky, and it was probably our strongest car yet. I'm excited to make some laps at Chicagoland, it's a great track and I was able to get into victory lane a few years ago in the ARCA race. All things are looking up for this weekend."

Like Dillon, Scott carries the same enthusiasm into the "Windy City." In seven career series starts at the track, Scott has an average finish of 9.9, including when he came home third after starting from the pole in 2011.

"Chicago has been a good race track for me in the Nationwide Series,” said Scott, who is one of four drivers eligible for a $100,000 payday Saturday night thanks to the Nationwide “Dash 4 Cash” program. “I'm always excited when we go there. I'm disappointed with how we performed in Chicago last year. Chicago is one of my better 1.5-mile tracks and we have a package now at RCR where I feel like when we go back, I think we'll be really strong and really stout. It's one of my favorite race tracks.”

Although Scott readily admits to always looking forward to running at Chicagoland, he’s not totally sure why he runs so well at the track.

"I don't know, I've been asked that a lot,” Scott said. “The way that the track is laid out, the way you can ride the high line. My strong suit seems to be typically, when the race gets going and the tires fall off, I'm able to work the high groove really well and make up a lot of time there. It's a fun place, I like going to Chicago. It's just a track I feel comfortable at and I have a lot of confidence when I go in. Sometimes, that's all it takes."

Gaughan is no slouch at Chicago either and the veteran driver has a great deal of experience at the track. He’ll make his fourth Nationwide Series start Saturday night and also has three Camping World Truck Series races under his belt including a second place performance in 2012.

While Chicago is one of many 1.5-mile tracks on the schedule, Gaughan says part of its allure for him is that it is a unique layout.

"Chicago is a different 1.5-mile track than the rest because both corners are increasing radius corners, which makes it easier to drive than the other mile and half tracks,” said Gaughan. “There is an arc to the back straightaway, but you still want and try to drive somewhat of a straight line."

There will be a fourth member of the RCR stable Saturday night with Cale Conley getting a start in the No. 33 Chevrolet. This will not just mark the young driver’s first appearance at Chicagoland but Saturday night will be his first 1.5-mile track start.

“I have confidence in Nick (Harrison - crew chief) and our No. 33 crew,” said Conley. “This team has had such a strong run over the past month and I hope I can keep that momentum alive this weekend to bring home another strong finish."

Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – will have live coverage of the Nationwide Series from Chicagoland Speedway. Air time for Saturday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 is 8 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.

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