Martinsville: Austin Dillon preview

* The Seven Year Itch... 2010 marks the seventh year that Richard Childress Racing has fielded an entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The organization has acquired 20 wins, 50 top-five, 86 top-ten finishes and 16 pole awards among...

* The Seven Year Itch... 2010 marks the seventh year that Richard Childress Racing has fielded an entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The organization has acquired 20 wins, 50 top-five, 86 top-ten finishes and 16 pole awards among 134 series starts. RCR drivers Mike Skinner and Jay Sauter earned Martinsville wins in the NCWTS in 1996 and 1998, respectively.

* Pole Position... Mike Skinner earned a Martinsville pole award for RCR in 1995.

* Welcome Back... Although RCR has a winning history in the NCWTS at Martinsville, the team has not competed at the paperclip-shaped short track since April 17, 1999, when Jay Sauter worked his way up to an 11th-place finish after starting 30th.

* 100 percent...RCR has completed 1,161 of 1,161 laps attempted in five previous Martinsville Appearances.

* This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 003 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Kroger 250. This weekend marks the first weekend of competitive competition for the chassis, which was built in house by the RCR No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops team traveled to Rockingham, N.C., to test the truck at Little Rock on Monday.

* First Time's a Charm ... Dillon has four previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts but this weekend marks his first appearance at the .526-mile Martinsville short track. Dillon leads the NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings two races into the 26-race season with 21 points over Justin Lofton (20 points), Brett Butler (19 points) and Jennifer Jo Cobb (17 points).

* Front Runner...In his four career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon has never started outside of the top 10. He earned his best career finish of 10th in his most recent series' appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6.

How do you approach a track like Martinsville where you have little or no seat time?

"My plan is to find one of the Cup regulars who know how to get around Martinsville and follow him. As small as it is, it has a distinct line you have to find to be fast. I haven't found that line yet because I haven't run a lot of laps there but, hopefully, we can pick it up quick and get the Bass Pro Shops Chevy to the top of the charts in practice."

How does the start-and-stop scheduling of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series affect you?

"Not getting to race every weekend can be tough, especially for a rookie in the series like me. There are a couple of big gaps, especially early on, where I would much rather be in the seat getting experience. But, once we do get back to the track, we're all fired up to go and ready get racing again. Once the season settles down and the schedule gets settled out, I think you're going to see even better racing.

"Martinsville will be a tough track because it's so tight and there's always lots of action. But, our goal is to be there at the end and get ourselves in the right position to earn another top-10 finish. Everything is so tight right now, so getting out of Martinsville with a good finish will be a big boost for everyone on the Bass Pro Shops team."

Talk about the support you get from your RCR teammates.

"Before the Atlanta race, Jeff Burton came up to me on pit road and talked to me about setting goals for the race. He asked me what mine were and I said I wanted to run all the laps. He said that wasn't good enough. He wanted me to set a goal of where I wanted to finish. So, I said I wanted to finish in the top 10 and we were able to do it. That got me really excited, so now I'm going to set my goals each week. That was big for me that Burton helped us out like that."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Burton , Mike Skinner , Jay Sauter , Justin Lofton , Jennifer Jo Cobb , Brett Butler , Austin Dillon
Teams Richard Childress Racing