Chicagoland: Austin Dillon race report

Hard Fough ninth-place finish for Dillon at Chicagoland JOLIET, Illinois (August 27, 2010) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon brought Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops...

Hard Fough ninth-place finish for Dillon at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Illinois (August 27, 2010) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon brought Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish in the Enjoyillinois.com 225 on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

By earning his 11th top-10 finish of the 2010 NCWTS season, Dillon maintained his seventh-place position in the series point standings. He is currently 393 markers behind point leader Todd Bodine, and 105 markers in front of Mike Skinner in eighth-place.

Dillon finished Friday morning's first practice session on the 1.5 mile tri-oval atop the leader board. At the conclusion of the second practice, Dillon held the second--fastest time.

During qualifying on Friday afternoon, Dillon made his way around the tri-oval in 31.097 seconds at a speed of 173.650 mph, placing him in the second starting position for the Enjoyillinois.com 225/150-lap race. Todd Bodine took the pole from Dillon by a small margin of 0.034 seconds.

Starting on the outside pole, Dillon took the lead on lap seven, leading the next six laps. Kyle Busch took the lead away on lap 12, but Dillon followed close behind despite the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet becoming tight in traffic as the run progressed on.

The first caution was brought out on lap 30 and crew chief Danny Stockman brought the black No. 3 to pit road on lap 31 for chassis adjustments and four Goodyear tires.

Unfortunately, Dillon lost five positions during his first pit stop of the night after sliding through his pit stall. The 20-year-old High Point University student restarted the race seventh on lap 34.

But, while fighting loose condition, Dillon raced his way back into the top five by lap 64 and held his own until the next caution on lap 80.

Stockman made the call to bring the No. 3 Chevrolet down pit road during the ensuing caution and the Bass Pro Shops team went to work to fix the loose conditions. Dillon left pit road with four fresh tires and a right-side tire pressure adjustment and restarted seventh on lap 83.

Dillon, again having pit road troubles, restarted the Enjoyillinois.com 225 on lap 83 in seventh-place. Still fighting a loose truck, Dillon raced his way into sixth, but made contact with another competitor, bringing out the caution flag on lap 126.

Dillon made a trip down pit road with right-front fender damage on the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Stockman and crew immediately went to work, and sent Dillon back out on the track in third with two right-side tires and a better-looking front fender.

The RCR Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado lost three positions on the lap-129 restart, and battled back and forth between sixth and seventh during the next 14 laps. Dillon was running in the sixth position on lap 144, and was running lap times faster than the leaders, when the final caution of the night was waved.

The No. 3 team decided to stay out for track position, gearing up for the green-white-checker finish. Restarting the race in sixth on lap 152 with a tight truck left Dillon with a ninth-place finish in the Enjoyillinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kyle Busch earned his second consecutive NCWTS series win followed by Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, and Justin Lofton.

The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers on Friday, September 3rd at Kentucky Speedway.

AUSTIN DILLON:

"I just over-shot the pit stall a little bit during the first stop and that cost us a bunch of time. I felt like we were playing catch up for the rest of the race. Still, a top-10 finish is exactly what we needed to accomplish tonight and I am proud of the team for all of their hard work."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Justin Lofton , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch