Richard Childress Racing
March 27, 2012
Ty Dillon Event Preview: Kroger 250
"Even though we've had a month off from racing, I spent a lot of that down time dirt racing with Team Dillon Racing and testing the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
March 31, 2012
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Handed down from Dillon's older brother Austin, this RCR entry saw on-track action in four previous occasions earning three top-10 finishes including a third-place result at Martinsville Speedway in October last year.
First Timer ... Saturday's 250-lap affair will mark Dillon's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the half-mile speedway. The 20-year-old racer has one previous start at Martinsville Speedway. In 2010, the Dillon took the wheel of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car for Team Dillon Racing where he started in the ninth position and finished 22nd.
Review Mirror: Daytona International Speedway ... After a long anticipated off-season, Dillon climbed into the famed No. 3 Chevrolet for the first time qualifying the Bass Pro Shops machine fourth for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender survived close calls and bumper-to-bumper traffic and drove to a ninth-place finish his career-first top-10 effort of the 2012 season.
Test, Test, Test ... Dillon has participated in three test sessions with his No. 3 RCR team since Daytona. The group has traveled to Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway, Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C., and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
Mini Vacation ... With five weeks off between the season opener in Daytona and this weekend's Kroger 250, Dillon found a way to keep his driving skills sharp by dirt racing. The Welcome, N.C., native competed in nine dirt races with Team Dillon Racing. He is slated to make numerous other appearances in the No. 41 car from the TDR camp throughout the season.
Welcome Home ... Tracy Ramsey, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops hauler driver hails from Fredericksburg, Va., a town 217 miles from the Martinsville, Va., track. Ramsey, a 10-year veteran of the RCR team, came over to the No. 3 team from Jeff Burton's No. 31 Sprint Cup Series team where he worked as the tire specialist.
Sign Here, Please ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in Camping World Truck Series autograph session at Martinsville Speedway on March 30. He will sign for gathered fans beginning at 4 p.m. in the Hospitality Village located above the fourth-turn area of the track.
Trackside Live ... Stop by and see the driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet as he joins the cast of NASCAR Trackside on Friday, March 30 at 5 p.m. at Martinsville Speedway in the midway area outside turn three.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
You haven't made any laps at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series, What are your thoughts going into the weekend?
"We went and tested earlier this month and I think that helped us prepare for Martinsville Speedwaythis weekend. I'm used to racing at tracks that I haven't raced at before. You just have to learn everything you can during practice. It will help having my RCR teammates, Joey Coulter and Kevin Harvick, there for assistance."
How does it feel to race in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway then take a month off from the Camping World Truck Series?
"Even though we've had a month off from racing, I spent a lot of that down time dirt racing with Team Dillon Racing and testing the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. It helps keeping your driving skills sharp by turning some laps on dirt."