Second-Place Finish at Nashville Moves Dillon to Fifth in Points LEBANON, Tenn. (August 7, 2010) --Driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon earned a second-place...
Second-Place Finish at Nashville Moves Dillon to Fifth in Points
LEBANON, Tenn. (August 7, 2010) --Driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon earned a second-place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
Dillon, who has a total of nine top 10's just past the midway point of the 25-race NCWTS schedule, has not finished worse than seventh in the last seven races. The 20-year-old High Point University student leads the Raybestos Rookies of the Year standings and, over the last five races, has amassed more points than any other driver in the series, breaking into the top-five with his second-place finish at Nashville. He currently trails Johnny Sauter, who is fourth in the standings, by 55 markers, and is 288 points shy of Todd Bodine's point lead with 11 races remaining in the series.
The Nashville 200 race weekend began with a pair of practice sessions at the 1.33-mile concrete track. Dillon posted the second-fastest speed during the first practice session, and was fastest overall by the conclusion of second practice.
During qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Dillon circled the 1.33-mile oval in 30.877 seconds at a speed of 155.417 mph, placing him on the outside of the front row for Saturday evening's 200-miler.
Soon after the drop of the green flag, Dillon noted to his Danny Stockman-led team that the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was loose at the beginning of a run. Still, the 20-year-old driver was able to settle into third position at the beginning of the race, and was running second when the second of four caution flags was displayed on lap 19.
When green-flag racing resumed on lap 22, Dillon dropped several positions on the racetrack, to sixth, as the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was still loose at the beginning of a run. However, as the laps ticked off at Nashville Superspeedway, driving conditions improved for the Raybestos rookie contender, and he had made his way up to fourth in the running order when the team ordered the driver to make a trip down pit road for a green-flag pit stop on lap 60.
Taking on four Goodyear tires, a chassis adjustment and two full cans of fuel under green-flag conditions is no easy task, but RCR's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team was up to the challenge and Dillon lost just one lap during the pit stop, dropping to 14th in the running order.
A lap-66 caution shortly after the team's pit stop allowed Dillon to earn the wave around, placing the black No. 3 back on the lead lap. Restarting 10th on lap 73, Dillon was able to work his way into sixth position before the fourth and final caution flag of the race was displayed on lap 108.
The caution afforded Dillon and his team one last opportunity to bring the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet down pit road for service. Taking on four Goodyear tires, a left-rear air pressure adjustment and one can of fuel, the RCR team once again mustered off a great stop, advancing Dillon four positions in the running order.
Restarting second with 39 laps remaining in the 150-lap race, Dillon dropped to third on the restart, but bid his time and was able to make a smooth pass for second position on lap 134, and did not relinquish the position for the remaining 16 laps.
Dillon crossed the checkers 4.164 seconds behind race winner Todd Bodine. Aric Almirola finished third, followed by Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter.
The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, August 14.
"We had a green-flag pit stop and, with the new fueling system, it's tough to figure out what people are going to do with taking gas. We decided to take all of ours and it hurt us a little bit, because we got shuffled to the back. We were able to drive back to get into position to where we could gain some spots on pit road, and my pit crew did an awesome job on pit road when we got there. We came into the pits sixth and they got us back out second. That was a really, really good job by those guys. They've been working hard all year and they build great trucks for me and I can't thank them enough. The truck was just too loose at the beginning of a run, and, when we got half way through a run, we were really neutral and good. We came to Todd [Bodine] there at the end but he had such a lead we couldn't cut it down."