Texas: Austin Dillon preview

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 005 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's WinStar World Casino 400k. This is a brand new...

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 005 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's WinStar World Casino 400k. This is a brand new chassis that will be put through its first paces at this weekend. This Bass Pro Shops Silverado was not originally scheduled for Texas but performed so well in a wind tunnel test that crew chief Danny Stockman and the Bass Pro Shops crew opted to use it this weekend.

Special Paint Scheme ... The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet will sport a special Safari Club International paint scheme this weekend, marking the third consecutive week in which RCR's Bass Pro Shops team has run a special paint scheme.

Meet the Driver ... Dillon will participate in a NCWTS driver autograph session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. local time on Friday, June 4, at the Texas Motor Speedway Midway area, located near Gate 7.

AUSTIN DILLON:

Once again, you are going to a track for the first time this weekend. What steps will you take to prepare for Texas?

"I'm just trying to do some of the same things that we have done all year to prepare for race tracks that I have never been to before by watching videos and taking the right equipment to the track. We've had great trucks at all of the superspeedway races and Texas will be no different. We're bringing a brand new truck, supposedly the best truck we have had all year. I'm going to turn as many laps as I can in practice and use what I learn during practice in the race."

Do you feel pressure to get back to the top of the Raybestos Rookie Standings this weekend in Texas?

"The pressure isn't any greater than usual because my goal is to finish up front every race. Unfortunately, stupid stuff keeps happening but if we keep doing what we have been doing, good finishes are going to come."

CREW CHIEF DANNY STOCKMAN QUOTES:

You've had a lot of success at Texas in the past...

"I've been a part of winning six races at Texas -four consecutive wins with Brendan Gaughan in 2002 and 2003 and two consecutive wins with Ron Hornaday in 2008. The key to success there is to keep the truck tight enough in the race so that the driver can race around traffic. Texas is a very fast track that has a lot of grip but the weather will be really, really hot so the truck has to be tight enough to run side-by-side. There is a fine line between tight and too tight so we will explore that line during practice. We want the truck to be tight enough for Austin to hold it wide open as long as he can."

As a crew chief, how do you prepare a rookie driver for a track as fast as Texas?

"Austin has never been to Texas so the weekend will be just like Charlotte, Atlanta, Kansas and most of the tracks that Austin has raced at this year in the NCWTS. We usually unload the truck tight and then back our set up to where he feels comfortable. We use the same strategy every week, and so far it's worked. We've been in the top 10 during practice pretty much every week."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Austin Dillon
Teams Richard Childress Racing