Richard Childress Racing
June 26, 2012
Austin Dillon Event Preview: Feed the Children 300
"I love Kentucky Speedway. It's always been a really good track for me and is one of my favorite places to visit."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
Event/Date: Feed the Children 300 – June 29, 2012
Venue: Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 102 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This is the same Chevrolet Dillon drove to a sixth-place finish at Dover International Speedway on June 2, a fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May, a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and a seventh-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
Dillon at Kentucky … Dillon will make his first Nationwide Series start at Kentucky Speedway this weekend but has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start at the 1.5-mile track. In his three Camping World Truck Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon earned two pole awards, acquiring an average starting position of 1.3 and an average finishing position of 8.3. He led 46 laps and completed 99.6 percent of his laps, earning finishes of 15th or better in each appearance. In October 2011 he finished second and in July 2011 Dillon was running second when, with just 15 laps remaining, the hood of the No. 3 NRA/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet flipped across the windshield of his Silverado, causing the team to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop that resulted in a 14th-place finish. In his 2010 Camping World Truck Series appearance at the track, Dillon earned the pole award, led nine laps and finished ninth. His lone ARCA start at the track he finished 15th after starting 34th in 2009.
Welcome, Bass Pro Shops … Dillon and his team will sport the colors of the nation’s No. 1 outdoor retailer, Bass Pro Shops, on the No. 3 Chevrolet this weekend. A long-time motorsports supporter, Bass Pro Shops was the primary partner on Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series when he earned the rookie of the year honors (2010) and driver’s championship (2011). The outdoor retailer currently has 58 stores throughout the United States and Canada visited by over 110 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.
The Season So Far … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon has completed 99.05 percent of laps on the lead lap, leading all competitors. He has completed 92.9 percent of his laps in the top 15, ranking him second. The Nationwide Series rookie has an Average Running Position of 9.292 in the season’s 14 contested Nationwide Series races, ranking him third among all drivers, ranks fourth in Quality Passes with 583, maintains a Driver Rating of 100.6, ranking him fifth, is the fifth-Fastst Driver Late in a Run and has the sixth-fastest Green Flag Speed. Dillon is the seventh-fastest Driver Early in a Run, has the seventh-fastest Speed in Traffic and is ranked seventh in the Fastest Laps Run category with 112 laps so far this season.
Get to the Points … Dillon is second in the 2012 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 11 points behind leader and RCR Teammate Elliott Sadler. Dillon currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
Dillon at Road America … In his first career Nationwide Series road course race, Dillon finished 18th at Road America, earning a top-20 finish despite losing third gear on his transmission on lap 12 of 50.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What do you think about Kentucky Speedway?
“I love Kentucky Speedway. It’s always been a really good track for me and is one of my favorite places to visit. In my last two Camping World Truck Series races there, I was running in second-place and in position to contend for the win. We finished second last time, and the time before that the hood flipped up and I had to make an unscheduled pit stop under green-flag conditions. That race really made me feel like I needed redemption at Kentucky Speedway. It’s a great track and it suits my driving style. RCR has a really strong 1.5-mile program, and I’m looking to gain some of the points we lost road course racing last weekend.”