Richard Childress Racing
Truck Series Race Report from Martinsville
October 26, 2013
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
October 26, 2013
•Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Brendan Gaughan) and 22nd (Ty Dillon).
•Dillon is third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 61 markers behind the leader; while Gaughan ranks ninth in the standings.
•The No. 3 Chevrolet team is fifth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 62 team 11th in the standings.
•According to NASCAR's Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, Gaughan completed 30 Quality Passes ranking him fifth in the category.
•Gaining five positions during the final 10 percent (20 laps), Gaughan was sixth in the Closers category, was the sixth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run, had the seventh-best Driver Rating (92.6) and had the eighth-Fastest Green-Flag Speed.
•Dillon had the fastest-Speed in Traffic, earned the second-best Average Running Position (5.810), was third-Fastest on the Restarts, had the third-Fastest Green-Flag Speed, fourth-best Driver Rating (103.6) and was the fifth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run,
•Combined, RCR teammates Dillon and Gaughan posted 18 of the Fastest Laps Run, with 16 and two, respectively.
•Darrell Wallace, Jr. took the checkered flag and was followed to the line by Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney.
•The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the Texas 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, Nov. 1. The 20th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Late-Race Tangle Relegates Dillon to 22nd-Place Finish at Martinsville
After being involved in a late-race incident with less than 10 laps to go at Martinsville Speedway, Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team finished 22nd in the Kroger 200. Dillon started the 200-lap affair from the fifth position and reported his black and orange machine was too tight in the center of the corners. The Welcome, N.C., native moved into the fourth spot when a caution flag slowed the field on lap 69. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called Dillon to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat the tight-handling racer. Quick work by the Bass Pro Shops team allotted Dillon the second spot for the ensuing restart on lap 76. Positioned in the outside line, Dillon was shuffled back to eighth. Maneuvering through the field, the 21-year-old driver improved to sixth by lap 120 and gained an additional two spots on pit road during a caution period on lap 127. Dillon restarted fourth and jumped to the lead after the green flag. He would continue to lead around the half-mile track for 16 circuits. With less than 10 laps remaining in the event, Dillon was making a charge for the lead when he was forced into another competitor from behind sending his Chevrolet into the outside wall. Sustaining heavy damage to the front end of the No. 3 truck, Dillon pitted multiple times to repair the damage. The late-race incident relegated the team to a 22nd-place finish and fell one position, to third, in the driver championship point standings.
Start - 5 Finish - 22 Laps Led - 16 Points - 3rd
TY DILLON QUOTE: "That was an unfortunate ending to the race. This No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team worked really hard and we had a fast truck. We could have had something there at the end, but we got caught up in that wreck. It's really unfortunate. We'll keep digging and head on to Texas (Motor Speedway)."
Gaughan Earns Runner-Up Finish at Martinsville Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team earned a runner-up finish at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon, the Las Vegas native's career-best finish at the Virginia-based short track. Starting from the 15th position, Gaughan maintained a spot within the top 20 during the first 70 laps of the 200-lap event while battling a loose-handling condition. Crew chief Shane Wilson called his driver to pit road on lap 71 under caution for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment in an effort to combat the handling issue Gaughan was facing. Back on track, the Richard Childress Racing driver began to slowly maneuver his way toward the front of the field settling into the top 10 by lap 107. As the race neared an end, Gaughan continued to compete within the top 10 until the field was slowed on lap 189 for a multi-truck incident that took place in front of the black and gold Chevrolet. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran avoided the melee and lined up in the third position for the lap 195 restart and ultimately crossed the finish line in the second position. The runner-up finish allowed Gaughan to move up one position, to ninth, in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.
Start-15 Finish-2 Laps Led-0 Points- 9th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE: "Great job by the 54 team and congrats to them on their win today. I got into Jeb Burton at the end as I was going for the 54. We were just racing hard, and I was going for the win. I've always wanted to win at Martinsville (Speedway). There was such a great crowd here today, and I'm glad they got to see that battle at the end. I'm really proud of the South Point Hotel & Casino team, we had a top-five or sixth-place truck, but the guys in front of us took care of themselves and we got to battle for the win."