Darlington: Austin Dillon preview

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 005 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Nashville 200. This is the same chassis that...

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 005 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Nashville 200. This is the same chassis that Dillon drove to Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway in July, leading 187 of 200 laps, earning a perfect driver rating of 150 and out-dueling Johnny Sauter in a green-white-checkered restart to earn his first career NCWTS victory. Dillon also raced this chassis, built in-house by the Danny Stockman-led Bass Pro Shops team, last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, finishing second after starting second, at Gateway International Raceway, finishing seventh after starting sixth, and at Texas Motor Speedway in June, finishing third after starting on the pole.

Darlington Newbie ... Dillon has not previously raced at Darlington Raceway, but his spotter, former NCWTS driver Andy Houston, competed in NCWTS races at the track in 2003 and 2004.

Raybestos Rookie Contender ... Dillon is currently the leading candidate for the 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year award and has earned Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in 10 out of 14 races.

AUSTIN DILLON:

Your season seems to be picking up. What has changed since Daytona?

"I've learned a lot since Daytona. Every race, we've gotten better and better. Our trucks have gotten better and our guys have gotten better on pit road. Everything is coming together for us right now. It's a good point in our season. We just have to keep this little streak we have going. Heading into Darlington, we really have to try and race the racetrack and see how we come out of there."

Does it make it tough to go to a track like Darlington, where you have zero experience?

"It does. We'll spend more time in practice trying to learn the track. However, I'm armed with great feedback from my spotter, Andy Houston, who has raced there before in the truck series, and all of the RCR cup drivers. They have been giving me little pointers and, hopefully, that will make my race day go smoother on Saturday. Everyone says the key to Darlington is to race the racetrack. I've heard the track conditions change quickly, so it will be important to keep up with the changes so that I can provide feedback to Danny [Stockman, crew chief] and all of the guys on the team."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston , Johnny Sauter , Austin Dillon
Teams Richard Childress Racing