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RCR Names Lineup for Standalone XFINITY Races

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Richard Childress Racing announced its driver lineup for the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in standalone NASCAR XFINITY Series races Wednesday.

Ben Kennedy will make his debut behind the wheel of the Rudd Chevrolet in the American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway on June 19. Kennedy currently competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has one top-10 finish in six starts this season. In three truck series starts at Iowa, Kennedy has one top-10 finish.

Sam Hornish Jr. will return to the XFINITY Series July 30 at Iowa Speedway, and is scheduled to start the No. 2 Chevrolet in the September 24 race at Kentucky Speedway. Hornish has three career wins, seven poles, and 32 top-five finishes, including a victory at Iowa in 2014.

Sprint Cup Series veteran A.J. Allmendinger will join RCR at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. Allmendinger last appeared in the series in 2013, when he made two starts for Team Penske, winning at Road America and Mid-Ohio.

Another Sprint Cup veteran, Michael McDowell, will pilot the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet at Road America. Paul Menard won at Road America for RCR last season, McDowell has four starts at the Elkhart Lake, Wisc. road course, including one pole and a runner-up finish in 2012.

RCR has won the last two races at Road America with drivers Paul Menard and Brendan Gaughan.

“I’m looking forward to working with this talented group of drivers,” said Danny Stockman, crew chief for the No. 2 team. “It’s going to be great to work with Ben [Kennedy] in his XFINITY Series debut and also with all the veteran drivers. They’ll bring a lot to the table for us. I’m confident we’ll have a shot to win with all of these guys.”

“We’re working hard to put together a driver lineup that allows us to compete for the XFINITY Series owner’s championship,” said Mike Dillon, RCR’s vice president of competition. “With Ben, Sam, A.J. and Michael joining Austin [Dillon] and Paul [Menard] in the No. 2 Camaro seat, I’m confident we’ll be able to challenge for the title this season and be a threat to win in each of the races.”

Dillon and Menard will continue to share the seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2016 season.