The 2015 racing season is gearing up to be a fast paced ride for Rheem Manufacturing, Inc. With sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINTITY Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it looks to be an exciting year of rubber on pavement and victory lanes for these accomplished and fierce racing competitors.
Paul Menard, veteran driver and consistent top-five and top-ten competitor, will return for his ninth full-time season in NASCAR Sprint cup Series competition in 2015, driving five races in Richard Childress Racing's No. 27 Sprint Cup Series car for Rheem Manufacturing under the Richmond Water Heaters paint scheme. Menard will also take the wheel for eight XFINITY races in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Richmond Water Heaters-Menards XFINITY Series Chevrolet Camaro. Paul comes from a life of racing, starting with competing behind the wheel of go-karts at the age of eight. He won two Briggs Class Championships during his karting career and then moved to the NASCAR Challenge Series, earning his first pole award and win at Elkhart Lake's road America during his rookie season. In 2003 Menard made his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, along with his first career starts in both the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series. He was able to earn his first ARCA pole award at Winchester Speedway and his first ARCA win at Talladega Superspeedway. In the next several years, Paul would earn his first XFINITY Series pole award in 2004 and finish at a career-high sixth in XFINITY driver championship point standings in 2005. He also earned his first XFINITY Series victory at The Milwaukee Mile in 2006 and then moved on to full-time competition in the Sprint Cup Series in 2007, where he won Rookie of the Race honors in four events. Menard's first career Sprint Cup Series pole award came in 2008 at Daytona International Speedway, in his 39th career start. He was able to cap off his 2010 season, after returning to a full-time XFINITY Series competition schedule, with a fifth-place finish in the XFINITY driver championship point standings, making his careeer best in the NXS. Paul earned his first Sprint Cup Series win in 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and went on to complete that year with four top-five and eight top-ten finishes with 82 laps led and finishing 17th in the driver championship point standings. 2012 proved to be a stellar year for Menard as he recorded a career-high finish of 16th in the points, accumulating one top-five and nine top-ten finishes. He also led all competitors in NASCAR's premier series in laps completed (10,406 of 10,442). He stayed consistent in 2014, as Paul finished 17th in the championship standings, with three top-five and nine top-ten finishes earned. 2014 was a solid year for Menard as he recorded a career best five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, which led to a 21st-place finish in standings.
Austin Dillon, a champion in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, will drive twenty XFINITY Series races in 2015 in RCR’s No. 33 car under the famous red and black Rheem paint scheme. Austin has a long history with racing and proving himself as a fierce competitor. He began his racing career in 2005 with Bandaleros and Legends cars and Dirt Late Models. He has accumulated wins and awards like Rookie of the Year in 2008 for the K&N Pro Series East and also in 2010 for the Camping World Truck Series. Austin earned the NCWTS Championship in 2011, along with Most Popular Driver by fans. He went on to earn Rookie of the year honors in the NXS in 2012 and won the 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series driver's championship. For the 2014 schedule, Austin embarked on a rookie season of Sprint Cup Series competition, returning the No. 3 to the track for the first time since 2001. He won the pole at the season-opening Daytona 500 and was able to secure one top-five and four top-10 finishes, along with a NCWTS win at Pocono Raceway.
Ty Dillon, a 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year contender, will be behind the wheel of the GMS Racing red and black No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Shane Huffman will serve as crew chief for the No. 33 team. The veteran crew chief tallied three victories, one pole award, seven top five finishes, 13 top 10 finishes in the ARCA and K&N Pro Series East in 2014. Ty, brother of fellow RCR team member Austin, grew up in a racing family. He earned his first career win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2010, in addition to two top-five and four top-10 finishes and along with a limited K&N Pro Series East schedule. He was able to claim the 2011 ARCA Championship in his first full season of competition. Ty also made his 2011 Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway and followed up 2012 and 2013 with racing full time in the Truck Series. His first career NCWTS win came at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August 2012, which propelled him to the Series' Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. With two Truck Series wins in 2013, he finished as runner up in the drivers championship point standings and was awarded the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver award. The 2013 season brought Ty nine NASCAR XFINITY Series races. He recorded a season-high, seventh-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and moved on to full-time competition in 2014.
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