Late-Race Restart Spoils Top-10 Run for Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon ran in the top 10 for the majority of Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway, but problems during a restart just three laps shy of the finish dropped Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team to 15th in the final running order. In front of an estimated crowd of 20,000, Dillon started the race from the fifth position and did not fall outside of the top 10 until lap 144 of 147. The Richard Childress Racing team pitted under caution on laps 26, 60 and 90 to service the black No. 3 with fuel, Goodyear tires, and air pressure and chassis adjustments designed to counteract a loose-handling condition. He was running seventh in the closing laps of the race, but fell back in the running order when a truck in front of him lagged on a restart with just three laps remaining. His Chevrolet Silverado was hit from behind, causing him to lose momentum. Dillon finished 15th and is now tied for seventh in the series point standings heading into Martinsville.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
"It's disappointing because we were running in the top 10 all day, so 15th is not the finish we expected or were hoping for. I just got jacked up on that last restart. A truck ahead of me checked up a little bit and the truck behind me ended up ramming me from behind. By the time we got our momentum back the race was over."