Dillon Earns Pole, Leads Laps, Finishes Ninth at Kentucky SPARTA, Kentucky (September 3, 2010) --Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon earned his fourth pole award of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Friday ...
Dillon Earns Pole, Leads Laps, Finishes Ninth at Kentucky
SPARTA, Kentucky (September 3, 2010) --Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon earned his fourth pole award of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Friday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway, led nine laps during the Kentucky 225 on Friday evening and finished ninth to post his 12th top 10 finish of the season in Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.
With seven races remaining in the 2010 NCWTS, Dillon is tied for sixth in the series point standings, just three markers shy of fifth position and 440 markers shy of point leader Todd Bodine. He leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
The Kentucky race weekend began with a pair of practice sessions on Thursday evening and Dillon was quickest at the conclusion of both sessions.
During qualifying on Friday afternoon, Dillon made his way around the tri-oval in 30.826 seconds at a speed of 175.177 mph, placing him on the pole for Friday evening's 225-miler.
As the pole winner, Dillon had the option to choose the inside or outside line at the start of the race. He chose the outside line but settled into second before falling back to third, as the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was tight entering the corners and loose in the center of the corners and off at the beginning of the race.
The first of five caution flags was displayed on lap 21 and the RCR team brought the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet down pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment.
Restarting on the inside of row two on lap 26, several trucks jumped to the outside line at the restart, leaving Dillon to navigate the bottom line on his own. Without help, he slipped to fifth position.
The team took advantage of a lap-47 caution to pit for four Goodyear tires, an air pressure adjustment and fuel. Quick work by the Bass Pro Shops team gained Dillon two positions and he restarted in third position on lap 50.
Dillon made a third pit stop under caution on lap 77 for a chassis adjustment and fuel. Restarting third on lap 80, the NCWTS field completed less than one lap before the caution flag was displayed again and Dillon was scored in second position for the lap-86 restart.
Dillon spent the next 42 laps racing between the second and third positions. He was running second to Kyle Busch when Busch pitted under green on lap 128, allowing Dillon to assume the race lead.
Dillon was able to lead for nine laps, but with fuel running low in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, he made a trip down pit road under green for right-side tires and fuel on lap 137.
The No. 3 was scored in 10th position following the pit stop, and Dillon was able to gain one spot during the remaining 10 laps of the race to finish ninth.
Todd Bodine earned his fourth NCWTS win of the season, while Johnny Sauter finished second. Aric Almirola, Jason White and Ricky Carmichael rounded out the top five.
"We finished ahead of the people we needed to finish ahead of in the point standings and the rookie standings, so it's hard to complain about ninth. We were anticipating a late-race caution so that we could pit for fuel, but that didn't happen so we had to pit under green-flag conditions with less than 10 laps to go. If it would not have turned into a fuel race, I think we could have finished second. Kyle Busch, definitely, had the truck to beat tonight. I really like this track. It has so much character. The Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet has been running awesome and I think we can go to Loudon in two weeks and contend for our second win of the season."