Series off-week news 2010-09-27

* Dillon Rewrites History Books After Las Vegas Performance *Buescher Turning Heads After Missing First Three Races Of Season * Numerous NCWTS Regulars To Race In NNS Race At Kansas Dillon Wins Another One In Vegas And Breaks Pole Record At...

* Dillon Rewrites History Books After Las Vegas Performance
*Buescher Turning Heads After Missing First Three Races Of Season
* Numerous NCWTS Regulars To Race In NNS Race At Kansas

Dillon Wins Another One In Vegas And Breaks Pole Record

At the beginning of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Remington/Tracker Boats Chevrolet) knew he had to perform.

If being the grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and the son of Richard Childress Racing general manager Mike Dillon wasn't enough, he climbed behind the wheel of the famed black No. 3 Chevrolet.

With five races remaining in the 2010 season, the 20-year-old from Welcome, N.C., has not only lived up to expectations, he has rewritten the history books in the process.

Saturday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dillon won his fifth 21Means21 pole of the season (Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky and Las Vegas) and broke one of the series' oldest freshman records in the books.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle previously held the record at four.

Very reminiscent of his dominating performance from the pole earlier this season at Iowa Speedway, Dillon led 93 laps at the Las Vegas track en route to his second series victory.

"To come out and win after last week for my granddad means a lot," said Dillon. "He told me earlier last week that I had to win this race for him. To come out here and do it is pretty awesome. You dream about stuff like this. When it comes true, it is great."

Dillon becomes the first rookie since 2003 (Carl Edwards) to win multiple races during the rookie season.

With five races remaining in the 2010 season, Dillon has plenty of time to match the series record for wins in a rookie season, currently held by Busch with four.

NCWTS, Etc.

Ricky Carmichael (No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet), Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 10 DrivenMale.com Ford) and Aric Almirola (No. 15 Zyclara/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota) will attempt this weekend's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It will be Carmichael's first attempt at NASCAR's second tier series.

Steve Germain, owner of the No. 30 Germainracing.com Toyota, holds a 39-point lead over Kyle Busch (No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owners' standings. Busch is expected to compete in the final five races of the season in a quest to win the prestigious title in his first year as a team owner.

Buescher Impressive In Second Half Of 2010 Season

This burst of success from James Buescher (No. 31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet) shouldn't surprise anyone.

He had a similar string earlier this season. At Dover in May, he finished second. A week later, he finished fourth. And a couple of weeks after that, he posted a sixth at Texas.

So, when it rains it pours for the 20-year-old.

But this one seems destined to continue. His runner-up finish at New Hampshire and his third last weekend at Las Vegas weren't flukes. The numbers suggest that, anyway. In the two events, Buescher had a Driver Rating of 120.0, an Average Running Position of 4.1, 38 Fastest Laps Run, 25 Laps Led (the first laps led of his season), and he ran all 321 laps among the top 15.

His statistics from that first string of consecutive top 10s: a Driver Rating of 96.2, an Average Running Position of 9.6, 10 Fastest Laps Run and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 88.4%.

Buescher now sits just 84 points outside the top 10, an impressive feat considering he missed the first three races while competing solely in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Two races ago, that deficit was 157 points. That's a 73-point swing.

Next up for Buescher and the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is Martinsville. Buescher didn't enter the first Martinsville race this season, but finished 11th in both races at the Virginia short track in 2009.

Most Popular Driver

More than 25,335 votes have been cast for the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series most popular balloting. Fans can visit www.nascar.com and vote for their favorite driver on the NCWTS page.

Fans also may write in their favorite driver who is not among the nominees by sending an e-mail to fanfeedback@nascar.com and submit their write-in vote. Voting ends on Nov. 12.

The winner will be announced at the NCWTS postseason banquet. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series awards will again take place in South Florida at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 22.

Up Next: Martinsville Speedway

After three open weekends on the schedule, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will travel to the hills of Virginia for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

The .526-mile track hosts the series for the 24th time on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Several NCWTS regulars will hit the famed short track this weekend for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 late model race.

Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota), Dennis Setzer and Peyton Sellers will attempt to qualify for the 42-car field.

Peters, the defending NCWTS winner at Martinsville, won the late model event in 2005.

Fast Facts

The Race: Kroger 200
The Place: Martinsville Speedway (.526-mile oval)

The Date: Saturday, Oct. 23
The Time: 1 p.m. ETRace Distance: 200 laps / 105.2 miles

TV: SPEED, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio (Listen Locally on WZBB-FM 99.9.)

2009 Polesitter: Mike Skinner
2009 Winner: Timothy Peters

Schedule (All times ET):
Friday: Practice, 10--11:20 a.m., 1:10--2 p.m. Qualifying, 4:40 p.m.

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Dennis Setzer , Ricky Carmichael , Carl Edwards , Timothy Peters , Peyton Sellers , Aric Almirola , Jennifer Jo Cobb , James Buescher , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing