This Week’s RCR Chevrolet Impala SS at Nashville Superspeedway … Sean Caisse will pilot Chassis No. 049 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. A former No. 29 racer, this is the same Impala SS that Jeff Burton drove to eighth-place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway this season.
" I hope to add to RCR’s consistency they always strive for and leave Nashville with a good finish."— Sean Caisse
RCR Debut … Caisse will make his first-career start for RCR this weekend at Nashville. The 23-year old driver will attempt to make his second-career NNS race. His first NNS start was at Dover International Speedway on September 23, 2006 where he drove for Kevin Harvick, Inc. He finished 42nd after being involved in a lap-10 accident that ended his run.
Second Nashville Start … The 2005 NASCAR Camping World Series East Rookie of the Year will make his second start at the 1.33-mile speedway. His first start came on August 8, 2008 in the ARCA Re/Max Series where he started on the outside pole, led 97 of 117 laps and finished 16th.
Already a 2009 Race Winner … Caisse scored his first ARCA Re/Max Series win on April 19, 2009 in the ARCA Re/Max Carolina 200 at Rockingham Raceway. The Pelham, N.H., native led the final three laps to secure his first victory of 2009.
RCR Teammate this Weekend … For the second time in 2009, RCR will field multiple entries in a Nationwide Series event. Caisse’s teammate, Stephen Leicht, will pilot the No. 29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express Chevrolet in this weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 300.
Milestone Start … If Leicht and Caisse both start Saturday evening’s event at Nashville, it will mark RCR’s 700th NNS start. RCR’s Nationwide Series programs have earned five championships with Kevin Harvick in 2001, Harvick and Johnny Sauter in 2003, Harvick in 2006, Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer in 2007 and last season with Clint Bowyer. RCR also boasts 53 wins, 242 top- five and 385 top-10 finishes, along with 10,998 laps led in NNS competition.
RCR at Nashville … In 33 NNS starts at Nashville Superspeedway, RCR has three wins (Wimmer - March 2008, Harvick - April 2006 and Bowyer - June 2005), two poles (Sauter - June 2003 and Harvick - April 2001), 16 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 753 laps at the Lebanon facility.
Caisse’s Stats Since 2006 … Caisse has made 47 starts from 2006 to the present in the NNS, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Camping World Series East and the ARCA Series. He has a 6.7 average starting position and eight career wins (one in the ARCA Series and seven in the NCWSE).
Testing and Spotting… Last year, Todd Bodine and Germain Racing allowed Caisse to log laps during testing sessions in their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. Additionally, Caisse spotted for the No. 9 truck of Justin Marks on occasion during the 2008 season.
Meet the Press … Caisse will be available inside Nashville Superspeedway’s infield media center on Saturday, June 6 to field questions from the media. Exact time is yet to be determined.
Race Broadcast Information … The Federated Auto Parts 300 will be televised live on ESPN2 Saturday, June 6 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also be broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 13th event of the NNS season will air on a tape-delayed basis, on Saturday at 3 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also provide updates of time trials.
SEAN CAISSE QUOTES:
“I’m excited for the opportunity to drive for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 2 Chevrolet. This organization has a rich history in the Nationwide Series and they know what it takes to win championships. I’m equally excited to be working with Dan (crew chief Deeringhoff). He’s a championship-winning crew chief who is very knowledgeable about how the cars handle and I’m eager to learn a lot from him. We tested at Rockingham last Tuesday and it helped get the kinks out before we head to the track this weekend. I hope to add to RCR’s consistency they always strive for and leave Nashville with a good finish.”
DAN DEERINGHOFF (CREW CHIEF) QUOTES:
“Sean is a talented young driver and I’m excited to work with him for the first time this season. He’s worked his way through the ranks and really knows how to qualify a car well. We had a test session last week at Rockingham and we were able to communicate well with one another. Our goal is to start up front and, if we get the set up right, have a shot a solid top-15 finish.”