Richard Childress Racing teams have a tough Talladega Nationwide race
Scott, Dillon and Gaughan glad to get this one over
The three Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets had a 15th, 33rd and 34th-place finish at the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Ty Dillon qualified seventh, Brian Scott qualified 10th and Brendan Gaughan (shown above) 11th.
Here's what happened in the race:
--Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro qualified 10th for Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Scott and his Richard Childress Racing teammates worked together in the opening laps to secure their drafting positions around the 2.66-mile track. The Shore Lodge team led six different times for a total of 10 laps during the first 60 circuits before getting caught up in an accident on lap 63. The No. 2 Camaro sustained sufficient damage and was unable to return to the track resulting in a 33rd-place finish. "It's unfortunate when you're a victim of stupidity. We were halfway through the race. There was no need for that. We had a fast Shore Lodge Camaro and this isn't where we anticipated ourselves to be."
--Ty Dillon drove the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro to a 15th-place finish Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. After getting tangled in a mid-race wreck that left significant damage to the Camaro's front end. Dillon, who qualified seventh, managed to lead three laps before getting into the wall on lap 64 in Turn 3.The incident also involved Richard Childress Racing teammates Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott. The No. 3 team managed to fix the left-front fender, where most of the damage occurred, and kept Dillon on the lead lap. Although the 22-year-old rookie drifted away from the leaders, he caught a break four caution flags later allowing the team to regain track position. During the race's final restart on lap 113, Dillon kept his No. 3 Chevrolet in the draft and ultimately finished 15th. The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns on May 18 for the Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin Williams at Iowa Speedway. "We had a pretty good finish after the wreck on lap 64. It's the nature of this racetrack, we gamble for track position and sometimes lose. But, I'm proud of how we responded and how our guys handled the situation; they didn't give up."
--Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro started from the 11th position in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Las Vegas-native used the beginning laps to gain valued information about the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro. During the first caution on lap 29, the Richard Childress Racing team did not pit with the leaders holding off until the next round of caution pit stops. This earned Gaughan one bonus point for leading a lap. After the caution, the driver of the No. 62 Chevrolet fought through the field and raced to the third position on lap 58. Gaughan's day ended early when he was involved in a wreck on lap 63 that left the No. 62 Camaro beyond repair to continue. Thus, the team was forced to take a 34th-place finish and Gaughan remains seventh in driver point standings. "This was just a result of restrictor plate racing at Talladega Superspeedway. Richard Childress Racing gave me one heck of a Chevrolet today. We went from the back of the pack to the front by racing on the outside line. Running the outside at Talladega is challenging, you have to know how to maneuver, side draft and fill gaps. To me, it looked like someone left too big of a gap, another driver went to fill it and we got caught up and involved."
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