Richard Childress Racing struggles ahead of Federated Auto Parts 400

By Matt Courson
September 9, 2017

RICHMOND, Va.—All three Richard Childress Racing (RCR) drivers failed to show speed Friday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.

Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman’s car appeared to run slower as the day went on.

Dillon was 19th and 24th on the speed charts in the two practice sessions. He will start 31st, his second start outside the top-30.

Dillon’s only start outside the top-30 came at this track back in April.

“Yeah, it’s not one of my favorite places to come to but you know we just gotta keep working hard,” Dillon said.

“...All of our cars struggled there. We kind of travel in a group. When we struggle or when we run good, we run good. Hopefully we can turn the ship around by the end of the weekend.

Newman, who was 12th quickest after opening practice, ended up 18th after final practice.

“Our Caterpillar Chevrolet just doesn’t have the short run speed that it takes in qualifying to go round,” Newman said after qualifying 27th.

This is Newman’s second start outside the top-25 this season.

Paul Menard ended the first practice in the 31st position. He improved in the final practice, but still finished 22nd out of the 39 entered cars.

Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon have secured a spot in the 2017 playoffs after winning earlier this year.

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