DOVER, DE — official release –Daniel Shirey/Getty Images North America photo — After a strong showing by Richard Childress Racing’s Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott and Ty Dillon last weekend at Kentucky that had the trio finishing 1-2-3 respectively, it is evident RCR is the biggest threat to the JR Motorsports drivers Chase Elliott and Regan Smith as far as the NASCAR Nationwide Series title is concerned.
With just six races remaining in the 2014 season, Chase Elliott holds on to the standings lead by 20 points over Regan Smith in second and 38 points ahead of third place, Ty Dillon. Just behind his RCR teammate is Brian Scott sitting fourth, 55-points back from the standings lead. All within striking distance.
In a season that has seen JR Motorsports win nine of the 27 races, last weekend’s victory by Richard Childress Racing may have been a shift in momentum with six races remaining in the 2014 season. Gaughan’s second win of the season and fourth for the RCR organization in 2014 is the beginning of a late season swing.
Ty Dillon’s championship focus couldn’t be much clearer.
“Win races,” said Dillon. “We have the capability of doing so; we just need to win races. I think this past weekend in Kentucky really showed that we can lead laps, we can run in the top five and we’re still in contention for this championship.”
It took a late season run by RCR’s Austin Dillon to win the title in 2013; he was 15 points back from the standings lead with six races remaining in the season. Brother Ty has twice that to overcome, dictating a near flawless half-dozen races for the No. 3 team to charge up the series standings.
Ty Dillon has made three starts at Dover posting two top 10s and an average finish of 13.0. Brian Scott won his first NASCAR national series career race in the NCWTS at Dover in 2009. He has made nine NNS starts at Dover posting one top five, and four top 10s.
Chase Elliott made his series track debut at Dover earlier this season, starting second and finished fifth.