RCR's Austin Dillon earns second-consecutive Pole Award en route to top-10 finish on Dover 200

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Richard Childress Racing teammates finished eighth (Austin Dillon), 14th (Brian Scott) and 23rd (Ty Dillon).

Austin Dillon was a strong contender in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, earning his second-consecutive pole award of the 2013 season and an eighth-place finish in Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro.

Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon

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The Welcome, N.C., driver took the green flag from the pole position and led the first 35 laps before settling into second as a loose-handling condition developed on his Chevrolet. Several caution periods through the course of the 200-lap race provided crew chief Danny Stockman the opportunity to work on the handling of the black No. 3 machine through a series of pit stops.

Dillon spent the entire race running in the top-10, including a total of 43 laps led. When the caution flag was displayed with approximately 40 laps remaining in the race, Dillon was scored in the sixth position, prompting Stockman to direct his driver down pit road for the team's final pit stop of the day.

Utilizing a similar pit strategy as several other front runners, Dillon received right-side tires only and gained two positions on pit road. He restarted fourth on lap 166, but handling issues continued to plague the team during the final run and they posted an eighth-place finish.

Austin Dillon (Start - 1 / Finish - 8 / Laps Led - 43 / Points - 5th): "We had a really strong AdvoCare Chevrolet today, and it showed through our pole award and our performance early in the race. We need to work harder at putting together solid finishes at the end of these races. We have a lot to be proud of, though. The No. 3 pit crew was awesome today. I'm looking forward to Iowa Speedway next week. I think our team will be really good there."

Brian Scott earns a 14th -Place finish at Dover International Speedway

Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team took the checkered flag in the 14th spot Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, after fighting lack of grip most of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. In the early stages of the 200-lap event, the 25-year-old reported he was fighting both a loose and tight condition.

The caution-flag was displayed for the first time on lap 45 allowing Scott to make a trip down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments. Over the course of the next run, Scott reported the handling improved, but was still fighting the tight condition, as he climbed to 12th place.

The crew continued to make adjustments to improve the handling on the No. 2 Shore Lodge Camaro throughout the remainder of the event. The field stretched out as several lengthy green-flag runs ensued. The caution flag was displayed for the final time on lap 161 and crew chief Phil Gould called Scott to the attention of the pit crew for two tires, fuel and adjustments. The Boise, Idaho, native restarted from the ninth spot before ultimately crossing the finish line 14th.

Brian Scott (Start - 10 / Finish - 14 / Laps Led - 0 / Points - 8th): "We had a good qualifying effort, but we just played catch up come race time by fighting lack of grip. Track position was important as there were long green flag runs, we just didn't get the track position we needed to contend. I'll take this weekend as a learning lesson and move on to Iowa."

Ty Dillon has top-10 run Negated by Late-Race Tire Vibration at Dover International Speedway

Ty Dillon and the No. 33 Wesco Chevrolet team took the initial green flag for the 200-lap race at Dover International Speedway in eighth place. The part-time Nationwide Series driver for Richard Childress Racing remained in and near the top-10 for much of the race around the one-mile oval.

Early in the event, Dillon reported to crew chief Ernie Cope that his Chevrolet Camaro was loose into the turns, tight in the center and then loose off. The caution flew on lap 45 giving Dillon the opportunity to hit pit road and take four tires, fuel, chassis and air pressure adjustments.

Through three other stops under caution, Dillon received four tires, fuel, chassis and air pressure adjustments. On the fourth stop under caution, Cope called for two right-side tires on lap 161. Each stop allowed the No. 33 team to improve their position on pit road by one or two markers.

As the laps wound down, Dillon was solidly inside the top-10 when he reported a vibration developed in the right-rear tire on lap 185. The vibration became too much to make it to the end of the event and Cope ordered the driver to pit road under green with 13 laps remaining to change tires. Dillon returned to action two laps down to the leader, relegating him to a 23rd-place finish.

Ty Dillon (Start - 8 / Finish - 23 / Laps Led - 0 / Owner Points - 9): "We had such a good run going here at Dover (International Speedway). We were running in the top-10, we were holding our own against the regulars and I was so sure we were going to leave here with a decent finish.

When that vibration started, I didn't see any sense in staying out and tearing up our Wesco Chevrolet - or anyone else's car. We did the right thing by pitting, I just wish our finish would show what a good race we had going. I would like to thank Wesco for all they do to make this possible."

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