Daytona: Austin Dillon race report

Early-Race Mishap Spoils Dillon's, No. 3 Truck's Rain-Delayed Season Debut DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2010) -- A nine-truck wreck on the first lap of the one-day rain-delayed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250...

Early-Race Mishap Spoils Dillon's, No. 3 Truck's Rain-Delayed Season Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2010) -- A nine-truck wreck on the first lap of the one-day rain-delayed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 gathered up Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado, forcing major repairs in the garage that resulted in a 26th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon is 26th in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.

The Lewisville, N.C., native was the 20th of 42 drivers to attempt a qualifying run on a cool Thursday evening. The driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy qualified third for his third series race with a fast lap of 51.023 seconds at 176.391 mph on the 2.5-mile Daytona tri-oval.

Heavy rains throughout Friday postponed the 2010 Truck Series season debut until after the conclusion of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The 36-truck field took the green flag at 7:22 p.m. but it only took until turn three of the first lap for everything to go south. Dillon had positioned the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy less than a truck-width above the yellow line at the bottom of the racing surface. Another driver tried to dive down low but, in the process, upset the air around Dillon's truck. The contact that ensued between trucks in the immediate vicinity then sent the No. 3 truck into the outside retaining wall.

Major front end damage forced the Bass Pro Shops team to make repairs in the garage. The entire nose of the truck had to be replaced as well as different pieces and components. But the Danny Stockman-led Bass Pro Shops crew, along with other RCR and ECR crew members and at least one crew chief, provided yeoman effort that returned Dillon to the action in the 36th position on lap 52 of the 100-lap event.

Crew chief Stockman quickly pointed out to Dillon that he was running times well above the minimum speed required by NASCAR. Dillon spent the balance of the event logging laps and picked up 10 positions in the process.

Timothy Peters took the lead on the final lap and crossed the finish line 0.068-of-a-second ahead of Todd Bodine. Dennis Setzer, Jason White and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishers. Dillon's fellow series rookie drivers Brett Butler, Justin Lofton, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Landon Cassill finished 11th, 18th, 34th and 36th, respectively.

The next race for Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Racing team is the March 6 Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

AUSTIN DILLON:

"I really don't know what happened. I was sucking up to (pole winner) Jason White, and someone got under me. I just got caught in the middle and got banged around there a few times and tried to save it but there was nothing I could do. I hate it for the Bass Pro Shops team, and Johnny Morris and everyone at Bass Pro Shops. This is not the way we wanted to start the season but I know we will be ready again when we go to Atlanta in a couple of weeks."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Dennis Setzer , Jason White , Landon Cassill , Timothy Peters , Justin Lofton , Jennifer Jo Cobb , Brett Butler , Austin Dillon