This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at O'Reilly Raceway Park ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 003 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's AAA Insurance 200. Dillon has raced this...
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at O'Reilly Raceway Park ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 003 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's AAA Insurance 200. Dillon has raced this chassis, built in-house by the Danny Stockman-led Bass Pro Shops team, on one previous occasion, earning a 16th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway after starting 19th. Dillon tested this chassis at Little Rock Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. in March.
Dillon at ORP ... Although Dillon has not previously raced at ORP in the NCWTS, he competed in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the track, finishing 18th after starting 26th.
Experienced Support System ... Danny Stockman, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, enters the O'Reilly Raceway Park race weekend on the heels of earning wins at the track as a truck chief in 2007 and 2009. Spotter Andy Houston has six starts at ORP as a driver, five in the NCWTS and one in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The Season so Far ... In the first 11 races of the 2010 NCWTS season, Dillon boasts an average starting position of 6.7 and an average finish position of 13.1. In the last four consecutive races, he has earned four top-10 finishes and three top-fives, along with three pole awards.
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 eight out of 11 races, including at Gateway last weekend.
Meet Austin Dillon ... Austin Dillon will sign autographs at the Camping World Store in Indianapolis on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
You have three pole awards already this season. How much will your qualifying strengths help you at ORP?
"We always put an emphasis on qualifying but I think it's probably that much more important to start up front at a short track like ORP. Stockman and the guys have put together great trucks all year and we're bringing the same truck we ran at Martinsville to ORP this weekend, so I know its good on short tracks. There's no reason we shouldn't be able to go out there and run well."
What does Austin need to do in order to be successful at ORP?
"The key to being successful at ORP is to keep the fenders on the truck. As a driver, you have to be extremely patient because the corners are so long. The rules are the same for most short tracks, ORP included. You have to learn to bide your time and then race to win with 25 to 50 laps to go."