This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 002 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's VFW 200. Dillon has raced this...
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 002 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's VFW 200. Dillon has raced this chassis, built in-house by the Danny Stockman-led Bass Pro Shops team, on three previous occasions. He was well on his way to a top-10 finish at Dover in May but finished 21st after an oil pump broke just three laps shy of the race's finish. He also finished 14th after starting 13th at Nashville Superspeedway in April and 10th after starting fifth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.
Experience will Help ... Dillon is hoping that heading to a track where he has previous experience will pay dividends this weekend. The 20-year-old High Point University student has two previous starts at Michigan, one each in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Clearly, one thing Dillon knows how to do at Michigan is work his way through traffic. He battled his way to a 19th-place finish in the NNS after starting 37th and earned a second-place finish in the ARS after starting 36th.
Milestone Weekend ... Dillon enjoyed a milestone weekend last Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, earning his career-first pole award and his first top-five finish with a career-best third. The finish moved him up three positions in the series' point standings, to 11th, and allowed him to re-gain the lead in the coveted Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
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 five out of eight races.
Do you like your chances heading into Michigan following your pole award and career-best third-place finish at Texas last weekend?
"Texas was awesome. We had a great time and posting a good finish there should help us build up a little bit of momentum for the rest of the year. I'm looking at it as a starting point for the rest of the year. The goal is to run up front from here on out and I think the Bass Pro Shops team can with the stuff that we are bringing to the track."
You've competed at Michigan before in both the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Talk about the track.
"Michigan is a big, fast, fun and very smooth track. Even though I have raced there before in the Nationwide Series and ARCA, I think it will take a little bit of time to get acclimated to the track in the truck. But we will unload a good truck -- the same one we ran at Dover, Nashville and Atlanta -- so that will help us a lot. I finished good at Michigan in the ARCA race and I think that having that little bit of experience will really help me get up to speed quickly at Michigan. I think the truck will feel similar to the Nationwide cars there."