Austin Dillon Brings RCR's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to Top 10 Finish INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 23, 2010) -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon brought Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass...
Austin Dillon Brings RCR's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to Top 10 Finish
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 23, 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 sixth-place finish in the AAA Insurance 200 on Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
By earning his seventh top-10 finish of the 2010 NCWTS season, Dillon moved up one position in the series point standings, to sixth, and is currently just 65 points away from Timothy Peters in fifth, and 277 points shy of Todd Bodine's point lead. The 20-year-old High Point University student leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
Dillon's sixth-place showing in Friday night's 200-lapper shows the strength of Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. After posting the 14th-fastest time at the conclusion of both practice sessions on Friday morning, the Danny Stockman-led RCR team went to work making changes to the black No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado before qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Dillon earned a 12th-place starting berth for Friday evening's AAA Insurance 200, the 12th of 25 races on the 2010 schedule, and started the race on the outside of row six in front of an estimated 37,000 race fans. From the start of the race, Dillon reported to his team that the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado felt good. He moved to 10th from his 12th-place starting spot within the first 10 laps of the race and did not fall outside of the top 10 for the remainder of the race.
As Dillon settled into race conditions on the tight short track, the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet became tight off of the center of the corners, so the team took advantage of a lap 86 caution to pit for four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel. A solid stop by the RCR team allowed Dillon to pit without losing any positions on the racetrack, and he restarted eighth on lap 91.
Dillon worked his way up to seventh by lap 130 and was running seventh on lap 142 when the fifth and final caution flag of the night was displayed. At this time, crew chief Stockman made the call to bring the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet down pit road for the final time of the night, taking on four tires and fuel.
Soon after the race resumed on lap 148, Dillon reported to his team that the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was handling better than it had all day, moving to sixth on lap 151, where he remained until taking the checkers on lap 200.
Ron Hornaday earned his first NCWTS win of 2010 over Kyle Busch. Matt Crafton was third, with Johnny Sauter fourth and James Buescher fifth. The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 31.
"We really struggled in practice, but the guys worked very hard on the car and changed everything but the kitchen sink in between practice and the race. Then, when the race started, the truck felt good and turned well. We just really had to work the bottom of the racetrack and, by the end of the race, we got the truck as good as it was the entire day. The guys did a great job adjusting it and we had good pit stops, so it was a good day for Bass Pro Shops and the whole RCR team. This is a track that I could have struggled at just because of the last race that I competed in here but we came out with sixth. I'm very happy. It was a good points day for us, and I can't wait for Pocono. I think we're going to have a really dominant truck there."