RCR NXS Race Recap: Chicago Street Race

NKP #21: Austin Hill, Richard Childress Racing, Dow Coatings Chevrolet Camaro

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Dow Coatings Chevrolet Team Capture Stage Win and Top-10 Result in the Chicago Street Race

“Today was a solid top-10 finish for our No. 21 Dow Coatings Chevrolet. With starting 13th, I had to be patient at the beginning to not abuse the car early. We needed an adjustment to keep the car turning and allow it to cut in the center. Once we pitted in what ended up being our only stop of the day, the car came alive after three or four laps into a run. When the front end started cutting, I was able to pass and run the same pace as both the No. 17 and No. 97. We drove away and won Stage 2. It felt good to finally get stage points again. On one of the last restarts, the car got extremely loose on fire off which was odd considering the car had been on the tight side throughout the entire race. We fell back a few positions, but then were able to get a couple back in the final laps. It’s frustrating to finish seventh, but at the same point, we are starting to string together top-10 finishes again after a rough stretch. Everyone at RCR and ECR will keep digging as we push towards the Playoffs.” 

-Austin Hill

Jesse Love’s First Outing in the Chicago Street Race Results in a Top-Five Finish for the No. 2 WAT Chevrolet Team

“Our No. 2 WAT Chevrolet was fast on the Chicago Street Course. While in the lead at the end, I burned my rear tires by throwing large blocks and making my corners tighter, but that was my only hope of winning the race. My goal was to keep the No. 19 behind me so I could get away on the final lap. This Richard Childress Racing team did an excellent job today though. This is our best finish on a road course this year. We’ve been really good on the road courses, both at COTA and Sonoma. This course is so much fun to drive and probably the hardest place I’ve raced at throughout my career. Overall, it was a solid points day for us. We’ve had a rough month, but I think we are back on the right track to keep pushing to the Playoffs. We are trying to get better at everything leading into those final seven races to go race for a championship. Thank you to everyone at RCR, ECR, and Whelen Engineering for all of the support.”

-Jesse Love

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