Shane Lee 2018 NXS Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Race Preview

• This Week’s Childress Vineyards Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway … Shane Lee will be making his first start for Richard Childress Racing this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This also marks the Newton, North Carolina native’s debut at Bristol Motor Speedway and in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 24-year-old driver completed his first season of full-time competition in the ARCA Racing Series in 2017 and placed third in the driver championship point standings. He also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts under his belt.


• About Childress Vineyards … Childress Vineyards is a premier winery located at the southern gateway of the Yadkin Valley in Lexington, North Carolina. Owned by Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner and Hall of Fame member, Childress Vineyards has been producing award-winning wines with the expertise of Winemaker Mark Frizsolowski. Open daily for tours, tastings, and lunch in the Bistro. Information about Childress Vineyards can be found on Facebook at, on Twitter at @ChildressWines and on Instagram at

• Meet Shane Lee … Fans can meet Lee on Friday, April 13, as he participates in an autograph session and Q&A alongside his RCR teammates during Food City Race Night, beginning at 5:45 p.m. local time. He will also make an appearance and participate in a fan Q&A at the Team Chevy display located in the track’s fan zone, beginning at 11:15 a.m. local time on Saturday, April 14.


With this being your weekend debut with RCR and in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, how have you been preparing for the upcoming race weekend?

“I went to the track a couple times earlier this year to observe and listen to how Ty and Austin (Dillon) communicate with the team so I can hopefully make the transition between weekends go smoothly. I have also spent a lot of time at the shop on the simulator or at home on my iRacing rig. That normally helps me a lot with prepping for a race, but at the same time I haven’t raced Bristol before, so I’m not sure how closely it will relate to the actual track. I also recently ran the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway to help me get back into the mindset of being in the driver’s seat. I finished second in that race, so that’s a good feeling to have going into Bristol.”

What are your goals for visiting Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time?

“Heading into Bristol, for practice, I’m looking to get comfortable with everything and feel good about what we have for the race. For qualifying, I’d really like to make the final round of that. If we finish in the top 10 for the first race, I’d be really happy, but overall I’m just excited to finally make my first start with RCR this weekend.”

About Richard Childress Racing:

Richard Childress Racing ( is a renowned, performance-driven racing, marketing and manufacturing organization. Incorporated in 1969, RCR has earned more than 200 victories and 17 championships, including six in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Its 2018 Cup Series lineup includes two-time NASCAR champion and 2017 Coca-Cola 600 winner Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet) along with 2008 Daytona 500 champion and 2013 Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman (No. 31 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s/ Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Chevrolet). Its XFINITY Series program includes first-year RCR driver Matt Tifft (No. 2 Nexteer Automotive Chevrolet Camaro), a multi-driver lineup with the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro and second-year XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric (No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro).

Source: Richard Childress Racing