Richard Childress Racing
April 28, 2012
Austin Dillon Scores a Top-10 Finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway
"Its races like this one that make me thankful for my dirt racing background. I think having that experience made it easier for me to feel comfortable sliding around the track like that."
Start – 3
Finish – 9
Laps Led – 0
Points Position – 3
Climbing into a NASCAR Nationwide Series car for the first time at Richmond International Raceway since making his Series debut at the track in 2008, Austin Dillon competed in the top-five for much of Friday’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 before finishing ninth. Dillon started the 250-lap race from the third position in front of an estimated crowd of 42,000 and quickly reported the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet was loose. Crew chief Danny Stockman directed the RCR pit crew to make a number of chassis adjustments during routine pit stops and, in conjunction with hard driving by the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, the team maintained their position in the top-five throughout much of the race. A chassis adjustment during the team’s final pit stop of the night under green-flag conditions on lap 199 of 250 was not able to alleviate the loose-handling condition and Dillon was unable to drive his way back into the top-five. He settled for a ninth-place finish, his sixth of the seven races contested so far this season, to maintain his third-place ranking in the driver championship standings.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“We were side-ways loose on that last run and it made it very challenging to keep control of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet. Its races like this one that make me thankful for my dirt racing background. I think having that experience made it easier for me to feel comfortable sliding around the track like that. I had fun out there tonight and hopefully we learned some things that we can use when we come back to Richmond International Raceway in September.”