Richard Childress Racing drivers Brian Scott qualified 20th, Ty Dillon 23rd and Brendan Gaughan 27th, respectively, for the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Dayton International Speedway for Saturday afternoon's race.
When the checkered flag waved, Gaughan finished sixth, Dillon seventh and Scott in 17th places.
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Brian Scott Finishes 17th in Nationwide Season Opener at Daytona International Speedway
Brian Scott kicked off the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season at Daytona International Speedway by qualifying in the 20th position for the DRIVE4COPD 300. In the opening laps, Scott rocketed to the front of the field with his Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro picking up 12 spots before the first caution flag waved on lap eight. The team visited pit road for a fuel only stop and quickly returned to the on-track action. Scott fell to the rear of the pack after watching the Camaro's water temperature rise. Reporting he was loose off exit, the team took two right ride tires and fuel during green-flag pit stops on lap 52. At the halfway mark, Scott ran in the ninth position and remained there until the team returned to pit road on lap 72 for fuel only. It was a chess match to the finish as Scott raced side-by-side and single file while the laps wound down. Running sixth, he was in contention to make a charge for the lead, but lost momentum when the low line gained the advantage in the draft resulting in the 17th-place finish. The top-20 finish places Scott 11th in the driver points standings heading into the next Saturday's NNS race at Phoenix International Speedway.
Start - 20th Finish - 17th Laps Led - 0 Points - 11th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
"That's superspeedway racing for you. I'm happy we didn't tear up our Shore Lodge Chevrolet, but disappointed because our car was much better than a 17th-place finish. Unfortunately, I got hung out to dry before that last caution and we weren't able to redeem ourselves within the last few laps. We were just hanging on there at the end and going to make a move if it was there."
Ty Dillon Finishes Seventh in DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet Camaro to a seventh-place finish in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. In the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season, Dillon started 23rd and quickly moved his Camaro into the top 10, sitting fifth on lap 39. After taking four tires and fuel on a green-flag pit stop on lap 53, Dillon moved into second place. On lap 72, the No. 3 team was penalized for speeding on pit road and served a pass through penalty. Following the penalty, crew chief Danny Stockman called Dillon to stay out on track and save fuel. Stockman's call paid off as Dillon cracked the top 10. In a green-white-checkered finish, the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet crossed the finish line in seventh place, now holding fifth place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Dillon was the highest finishing rookie in the 120-lap season opener at Daytona.
Start - 23rd Finish - 7th Laps Led - 0 Points - 5th
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"I'm extremely pleased with how our No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet preformed today. Danny (Stockman, crew chief) and the guys did a great job giving me the fastest race car possible. It was an exciting finish. This is a great way to start the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and a great start to our goal of winning a championship."
Brendan Gaughan Gambles with Fuel Strategy to Collect a Sixth-Place Finish at Daytona International Speedway
Brendan Gaughan drove the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro to a sixth-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Gaughan started in the 27th position and elected to bring his No. 62 Chevrolet to pit road for right side tires and fuel during the first caution on lap nine. The Las Vegas-native restarted 34th and began to gain spots on the field throughout the next 20 laps. During Gaughan's second pit stop, the team made chassis adjustments to improve handling of the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Crew chief Shane Wilson gambled during the Lap 70 caution by making the call to take fuel only, and no tires. The call restarted Gaughan in the 11th position putting him in an ideal place to draft his way to a sixth-place finish on the 2.5 mile superspeedway. The finish places the No.62 South Point Hotel & Casino driver and team fourth in the championship points standings.
Start - 27th Finish - 6th Laps Led - 0 Points - 4th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"It's great to be leaving Daytona without a bunch of wrecked cars and without being in the big one. I really like the new rule package NASCAR has put in place this season and I believe from the fan reaction, they like it too. I had so much fun out there today. This is an awesome start for the South Point Chevrolet. I'm so glad to be starting off the season with this sixth-place finish. This is the best finish I've had here and it means a lot to me and my team."