Dugan shines in debut for RTD Motorsports at Roseburg North Highlands, Calif. -- Phil Dugan brought home the ...
Dugan shines in debut for RTD Motorsports at Roseburg
North Highlands, Calif. -- Phil Dugan brought home the #34 RTD Motorsports / Drive for Diversity Chevrolet with a solid 11th place finish in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Series West event at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR.
The 21 year-old Dugan was making his fourth career start in the series and his first for the Rob Dixon owned RTD team.
"It was a great night," Dugan said. "Rob and the crew are just phenomenal."
Dixon was equally excited about the results, rating the entire weekend a B+.
Dugan began the day with a morning breakfast with the team. It was the first time for Dugan to meet his new crew members.
After breakfast, Dugan began a productive pair of practice sessions. Dugan spent the laps getting acquainted to the advanced setups on the car.
"I was not used to a car that drives like that," Dugan said. "The car was totally different and a new learning curve."
Dugan showed promise in his qualifying session, running the third best opening lap of all qualifiers. But he was forced to start 11th after a miscue on the second lap of qualifying.
It was a very busy night for Dugan in the 150 lap feature on the 3/8ths mile oval, as he was involved in three separate minor incidents.
After each incident Dugan drove back through the field cleanly and back into the top-ten.
But at the finish, he was relegated to an 11th place finish as the first car one lap down.
"I'm used to driving aggressive but I was holding back until we were at a competitive level," Dugan said. "Now that we're competitive I can be aggressive with the rest of the field."
Now the young driver will switch gears and focus on Infineon Raceway in two weeks. It will mark Dugan's first road course appearance.
"My goal is to finish the race but I would like to get a top-15," Dugan said.