Pocono: Austin Dillon preview

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Pocono Mountains 125. Although he has not yet raced...

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Pocono Mountains 125. Although he has not yet raced this chassis in 2010, Dillon drove this No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009, finishing 12th and 15th, respectively. He also tested this chassis as part of a Goodyear tire test at Pocono Raceway earlier this season.

Dillon at Pocono ... Although this weekend's Pocono Mountains 125 marks the NCWTS' first appearance to Pocono, Dillon made laps at the track earlier this season as a participant in a private Goodyear tire test.

Crew Chief Danny Stockman at Pocono ... Danny Stockman, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, is also a rookie at Pocono Raceway, with no previous appearances at the 2.5-mile triangle.

The Season so Far ... In the first 12 races of the 2010 NCWTS season, Dillon boasts an average starting position of 7.2 and an average finish position of 12.5. In the last five consecutive races, he has earned five 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 nine out of 12 races, including at O'Reilly Raceway Park last weekend.

Fore! ... Dillon will participate in a charity golf tournament hosted by fellow NCWTS driver Todd Bodine on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The First Annual Onion Slice Open benefits the John Heinz Medical Center and takes place at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Mountaintop, Penn.

Meet Austin Dillon ... Austin Dillon will sign autographs at the Chevrolet Display at Pocono Raceway at 3 p.m. on Friday.

AUSTIN DILLON:

What are your thoughts on the group qualifying format that NCWTS officials will implement for Pocono?

"I feel like group qualifying will be fun. Our team puts an emphasis on qualifying and we will have the same goal under this format-go out and win the pole. I would like to be the first driver to get a pole award using this style of qualifying. It will make the qualifying session more difficult, but we will work hard to adapt and hopefully we will be the fastest."

You've never raced at Pocono but you've been there as part of a Goodyear tire test. What are your thoughts on the race?

"From what I've experienced so far, I really like Pocono Raceway and I think it will be a fun race. I'm excited because I was one of only a few drivers who participated in Goodyear's tire test, so I feel like some of the things I learned at the test will be helpful to me in the race. I'm anxious to see how different the trucks will be at Pocono under race conditions versus single truck runs. I think the draft will be big at Pocono, so it will be interesting to see how the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet feels when lots of other trucks are on the track."

DANNY STOCKMAN:

How do you head into a track as a rookie crew chief with no previous experience at a tough track like Pocono Raceway?

"Luckily, I have a great support system at Richard Childress Racing. I will lean on RCR's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chiefs this weekend, and will rely on notes. We participated in the Goodyear tire test at Pocono a few months ago, so that was a significant help as well."

-source: rcr

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