ECR Engines Earns Truck Series Victory, Four Poles at Chicago and Iowa JOLIET, Ill. (July 12, 2010) -- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines earned the win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as the pole positions in four different ...
ECR Engines Earns Truck Series Victory, Four Poles at Chicago and Iowa
JOLIET, Ill. (July 12, 2010) -- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines earned the win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as the pole positions in four different series last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
At Iowa Speedway, Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon earned the pole position in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet and went on Sunday to capture his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race victory. The day before, his younger brother, Ty Dillon, won the pole driving the No. 41 Karl Chevrolet/RCR Development Chevrolet and finished second in his ARCA Racing Series debut.
At Chicagoland Speedway, Jamie McMurray drove Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet to the top spot in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying. Earlier in the day, Kevin Harvick earned the top spot for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the Kevin Harvick Incorporated No. 33 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Chevrolet.
"ECR had a very good weekend and that says a lot about where we are at this point in the season," said Richard Childress, principal of Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines. "The engine packages are really strong. The RCR and Earnhardt-Ganassi's teams are doing a great job with their cars and Kevin's (Harvick) Nationwide and Truck Series teams have their programs together, too. We have a lot of confidence going into the second half of the season. Once The Chase starts, we'll throw a little more power at it and see how it comes out.
"I'm really proud of Austin and Ty for what they accomplished at Iowa Speedway. Both of them won the pole, Austin won and Ty finished second in his ARCA debut. And I thought Austin handled the pressure of the green/white/checkered finish really well."
To date this season, ECR Engines has started from the pole 11 times in NASCAR's three main traveling series: four in the Sprint Cup Series; two in the Nationwide Series; and five in the Camping World Truck Series. In that same time, ECR has earned eight victories: three in the Sprint Cup Series; two in the Nationwide Series; and three in the Camping World Truck Series.
"It was definitely a great weekend that gives us a lot of momentum going into the second half of the season," said Richie Gilmore, general manager of Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines. "We had an issue in Chicago with the engine in the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil car but we have that figured out. That was a big win for the 3 team. The team has been knocking on the door and getting that first win, and the confidence that goes with it, should help in climbing up in the point standings.
"We're really excited about the second half of the season. Getting Clint into the top 12 was important. We have a lot of momentum right now. We've been fortunate over the past couple of weeks to experiment with some new stuff. We've been getting some really good feedback from Casey Mears and the No. 36 team so we're excited about how things are progressing. We hope to get the new stuff into all three of our Cup teams as soon as possible and really get after it."