Race Preview: Fan Shield 500

Race Preview: Fan Shield 500

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Fan Shield 500

Sunday, March 8, 2020

ISM Raceway

7602 S Avondale Blvd, Avondale, AZ

Laps: 312
Miles: 312
Track Size: 1.0 miles
Start: 3:30 p.m. ET

ISM Raceway ISM Raceway

Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 I Am Second Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Phoenix Raceway ... This weekend will mark Tyler Reddick's NASCAR Cup Series debut at Phoenix Raceway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has five previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the mile long track, finishing third in both races last year and collecting two top-10 finishes in 2018. Reddick also has three NASCAR Truck Series starts and two top-10 finishes at Phoenix Raceway.

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Meet Reddick ... Fans can meet Reddick at the Team Chevy display located in Phoenix Raceway's FanZone on Sunday, March 8, beginning at 9:25 a.m. local time.

Meet the Press ... Reddick will be available to media for questions during a press conference at 11:45 a.m. local time on Friday, March 6. Stream the conference live via NASCAR.com/PressPass.

Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Cup Series History at Phoenix Raceway ... Team owner Richard Childress has six victories at Phoenix Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes wins with Ryan Newman in March 2017, along with Kevin Harvick in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2012, and March and Nov. 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 123 starts at Phoenix Raceway, the Welcome, North Carolina based organization boasts 19 top-five and 43 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 3,000 NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 51 pole awards,108 wins, 490 top-five finishes and 1,077 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.3. RCR has earned 16 total championships (six NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, seven NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series. 

Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's corporate Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page - @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3 and @TylerReddick. Information about the 16-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages -  http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/TylerReddick.

Catch the Action ... The FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway will be televised live Sunday, March 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Do you consider Phoenix Raceway a short track or speedway?

"To me, Phoenix Raceway has a short-track mentality, but with these Cup cars, it will probably be more like what a speedway feels like. However, with the new short-track package NASCAR is introducing this year with less downforce, it will be a new ball game for everyone. I think it will end up racing like our Xfinity cars did last year and end up more like a short track. The compound they put down on the track will be interesting for restarts, especially for when the balance starts to go away later in a run. I'm excited for this weekend. It'll be fun to see how these Cup cars race with more horsepower and less downforce."

Do you think the new package will play more in your favor than the package Cup cars ran a year ago?

"It's really hard to say. I think what they had a year ago would have been easier to manage. It was harder to pass, but if you had good teamwork and got track position, you could hold on to it, even with a lesser car. This year, you'll probably see more drivers come and go up in the top spots. I think regardless of the package, the best driver, crew chief, team and car combo is going to win the race. Clean air does still matter at Phoenix, just not as much as it did in previous years."