This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 005 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Lucas Oil 200. Dillon has raced this chassis, built ...
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 005 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's Lucas Oil 200. Dillon has raced this chassis, built in-house by the Danny Stockman-led Bass Pro Shops team, on one previous occasion, finishing third after earning his career-first pole award at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
Experience will Help ... Dillon is hoping that experience will pay dividends this weekend. The 20-year-old High Point University student has five previous starts at Iowa Speedway in four different series, including the NASCAR Nationwide Series (finished 28th after starting 16th in 2009), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Finished 12th after starting ninth in 2009), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division (finished sixth after starting first in 2008 and finished ninth after starting sixth in 2009), and ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards (finished second after starting 30th in 2009).
The Season so Far ... In the first nine races of the 2010 NCWTS season, Dillon boasts an average starting position of 7.4 and an average finish position of 15.1. He has two top-five and four top-10 finishes to his credit, along with two pole awards.
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 six out of nine races.
Comfortable in P1 ... In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' last outing, Dillon earned his second consecutive pole award, joining Kurt Busch as the only Raybestos Rookies who have earned consecutive pole awards in NCWTS history. Busch accomplished the feat in 2000. The record for most poles by a Raybestos Rookie is four, set by Greg Biffle in 1998 and Busch in 2000.
Racing, Racing and More Racing ... Although the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series enters the Iowa race weekend following three open weeks on the schedule, Dillon has occupied his time with plenty of racing action. He made his first start of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26th and spent this past weekend racing his Team Dillon Racing Dirt Late Model at Wythesville Speedway in Virginia and Gastonia Speedway in North Carolina. On Friday, July 9, Austin and his younger brother, Ty Dillon, will race Dirt Modifieds for Des Moines, Iowa-based Karl Chevrolet at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Racing begins at 5 p.m. and tickets are available at http://www.iowastatefair.com.
Wave Us On ... Cheer on Ridgeway, North Carolina's Frankie Nester, driver of Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team transporter, as he joins his fellow truckers in a NCWTS Parade through Newton, Iowa on Friday, July 9, beginning at 9 p.m. Central. The parade concludes at the city's Race Fest, which runs on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m.
You've been to Iowa Speedway several times now. What's unique about the track?
"The great thing about Iowa is that turn one has a lot of character. It has a little bump there so you have to get your truck working through there, and then in turns three and four, you drive all the way up to the wall, so you have to work your truck around there. It creates a really good racing environment, with two and three-wide racing. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will put on a really good race there. I think right now between NASCAR's top three tours, we have some of the best racing going on, and Iowa has produced some great finishes at the line and really close races, so everyone will have to come check us out."
What are your expectations for Iowa?
"I'm really excited. Iowa Speedway is a place where I have a lot of experience and hopefully we'll get our first truck win. We built a really good truck to come out to Iowa, and we have won the pole in the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, so if we can make it three at Iowa that would be great. We drive the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado, so pole number three seems appropriate. And, hopefully we can get our first win there, too."
You are now 10 races into your rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. What are your thoughts on the series?
"I feel like the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series provides some of the best racing out there. We have a really good set of drivers, with both veterans and rookies competing. The truck series puts on a great show. The INDY Racing League put on a great race just a couple of weeks ago at Iowa Speedway, and I'm sure the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also put on a great show."
What is your favorite part of racing?
"My favorite part of racing is passing, and moving to the front. I like being able to accomplish my goals and progress through the season and through races. We set goals at the beginning of each race, and I feel like for Iowa, if we accomplish everything we need to do, we will be up front and competing near the end of the race."
What's training like for you?
"We try to stay in good shape because the trucks get very hot during the race. I'm sure it will be a scorcher come race time at Iowa, so I just try to stay in shape. Mentally, in order to get to the front, you have to focus and stay focused throughout the race."