Homestead: Austin Dillon preview

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 006 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Homestead 200. This chassis was built...

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 006 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Homestead 200. This chassis was built in-house by the Bass Pro Shops team this season and is a proven contender in NCWTS competition, as Dillon won with this Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole position in September.

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 16 out of 24 races, leading his nearest rookie challenger by 55 points heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the Crew ... Following Friday night's NCWTS race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet will celebrate his rookie season by treating his entire team and their significant others to a trip to the Florida Keys for a vacation that will include relaxation, team bonding and deep sea fishing prior to arrival back in Miami for Monday evening's NCWTS banquet.

All About Points ... With one race remaining in the 2010 NCWTS, Dillon is fifth in the championship point standings, 93 markers in arrears of Matt Crafton in fourth.

AUSTIN DILLON:

You've never been to Homestead. Do you have any hesitations leading into the race?

"Not really. I think anytime you go to a new place, it takes up some of the practice time trying to learn the track, but I am confident we will be fine. RCR's speedway program has been very good this year, so I think we will be fine."

You're bringing Chassis No. 006 to Homestead...

"I'm confident in the truck that the guys chose to bring to Homestead this weekend, and I'm thankful for all of their hard work. This is the same truck we won at Las Vegas with, and I love the way it handles. This truck can really turn down into the corners. We beat it up pretty bad at Texas, but the guys in the Cup fab shop pulled an all-nighter to get it fixed just so that we could bring it to this race at Homestead, and my Bass Pro Shops crew has been working really hard on it."

TRUCK OWNER RICHARD CHILDRESS:

What do you think has been the key to Austin's early success?

"He has been around this sport since he was a little kid. He grew up watching Dale Earnhardt and what all the other drivers have done. To accomplish all that he has in this sport at a young age, with really not that much racing experience, I am really proud of him."

What are your thoughts on your return to the Truck Series this season?

"I am really excited for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I think having Austin in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet has been really good for the series. You wouldn't believe how many people have called asking RCR to build trucks for them or how they could get involved. I hope from a NASCAR standpoint it has added a little fire back into the series."

Why did you choose the NCWTS for Austin?

"I felt like the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was a lot better series for a young rookie to jump into. You have some great veteran drivers. I knew Austin would have the opportunity to learn from drivers like Ron Hornaday Jr., Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine. I think Austin has been very fortunate that several of the drivers have taken him under their wing to help him out."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Austin Dillon