Martinsville II: Austin Dillon race report

RCR's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Team Earn Hard-Fought, 16th-Place Finish at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team survived NASCAR Camping World Truck Series short track...

RCR's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Team Earn Hard-Fought, 16th-Place Finish at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Virginia - Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team survived NASCAR Camping World Truck Series short track racing at historic Martinsville Speedway with a 16th-place finish.

Dillon remains fourth in the NCWTS championship point standings with four races remaining this season and leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.

The No. 3 team's race weekend began with a pair of practice sessions on Friday, where the Danny Stockman-led team worked on the truck's set up while Dillon focused on finding the best line around the tight, flat short track. They were 15th at the conclusion of first practice, and were able to find more speed to round out final practice fifth on the charts.

Dillon earned a ninth-place starting berth for Saturday afternoon's 200-lap race during qualifying on Friday evening and settled into ninth position at the beginning of the race before take advantage of a lap-41 caution flag to pit for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

The nature of the team's pit road adjustments, which included removing a spring rubber from the right rear, created a lengthy pit stop and, as a result, the team restarted 25th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 47.

Dillon reported that the black No. 3 was tight during the next run, but was able to slowly gain positions on the race track. He was running 15th when Stockman directed him down pit road during a lap-92 caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.

Restarting the race 18th with 102 laps remaining, Dillon worked his way up to 12th by lap 110, and was running eighth following a lap-159 caution.

However, shortly after the restart, he was battling side-by-side for position when a slowing truck on the high side of the race track squeezed down. With no where to go as the field went three wide, contact with other trucks caused damage to the splitter on the No. 3 Chevrolet. The team evaluated the damage during the ensuing caution period, determining that there were no tire rub issues as a result of the newly-crinkled fenders, so green-flag racing resumed with no pit stop needed.

Unfortunately, the challenges were not yet over for Dillon and the No. 3 team, as the caution flag was once again displayed on lap 183 after the 20-year-old High Point University student spun in turns one and two while running 11th.

Dillon made a trip down pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment, restarting 21st on lap 187, and was able to survive two additional caution flags to finish 16th.

Ron Hornaday earned his career-first Martinsville Speedway victory, while Kyle Busch finished second. Todd Bodine, Jason White and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five finishers.

The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is a 250 miler at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 30.

AUSTIN DILLON:

"It's an okay day. We just got behind early and struggled passing trucks. It's just tough to pass here and you need the track position. I think we had a way better truck than where we finished. We got pinched up there when the 17 [Timothy Peters] had the flat. Just kind of a long day, but we'll go to Talladega and have some fun. We'll be fine in the points I think and just keep on digging."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jason White , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing