Richard Childress Racing
July 10, 2012
Ty Dillon Event Preview: American Ethanol 200
"Iowa (Speedway) has always been a great track for me. If I had to pick a favorite race track, Iowa would win."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
American Ethanol 200 - July 14, 2012
Iowa Speedway - Newton, Iowa
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 007 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s American Ethanol 200. This Chevrolet was utilized by Dillon’s older brother, Austin, during the 2011 season where he earned four top-10 starting positions and three top-10 finishes.
Iowa Nuggets ... This week’s 200-lap race marks Dillon’s third appearance at the Newton, Iowa-based facility. Although the RCR driver has yet to compete at the 0.875-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, he holds impressive stats in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the track. In the last two ARCA Series showings at the track, Dillon earned two pole awards, one victory and a runner-up finish. He has completed 100 percent of the contested laps and led for 201 circuits.
Winner, Winner … Dillon’s last appearance at Iowa Speedway ended in victorious fashion by leading all but seven laps of the 200-lap ARCA Racing Series event, claiming his seventh win of the season. The Welcome, N.C., native qualified on the pole and crossed the finish line in the top spot with a 1.643-second lead over the second position.
Points Racing ... After a third-place showing at Kentucky Speedway in June, Dillon is tied for third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, sitting four points behind leader Timothy Peters.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update ... Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings by 48 points ahead of driver Cale Gale after eight races on the Camping World Truck Series schedule.
Season to Date ... Dillon has earned impressive stats with eight races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the Welcome, N.C., native is the series’ fastest Driver Early in a Run and Driver on Restarts along with being the series’ leader in the Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (98.94 percent). Dillon has earned an Average Running Position of 7.9, ranking him third overall. He also sits third in the Driver Rating category (101.2), Laps Run in the Top 15 with 1,198 laps and Green-Flag Speed.
Welcome Home … Front-tire changer Caleb Baker returns home this weekend as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Iowa Speedway. The Midwest native calls Clearfield, Iowa home and currently resides in North Carolina. Baker moved to North Carolina five years ago to pursue a career in motorsports. He started working on NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer’s dirt late model team in 2008 and now works at RCR as a front-tire changer and mechanic on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team.
Rearview Mirror: Kentucky Speedway ... The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team qualified in the fourth position for the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, but the team was forced to change engines during final practice, sending Dillon to the back of the field for the start of the 150-lap race. The 20-year-old driver drove into the top 20 within the first 10 laps of the race despite a loose-handling condition on the black and orange machine. A strategic call for two tires during a lap 104 caution period placed Dillon in the top spot for the ensuing restart. He led for the next three circuits before slipping to third where he would take the checkered flag.
Questions, Please … Dillon will answer questions from the gathered media on Friday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m. Central Time in the infield media center at Iowa Speedway.
Welcome to the Stage … Prior to competing in the American Ethanol 200, Dillon is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy Stage at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, July 14. He will be joined by RCR teammates Joey Coulter and Tim George Jr.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
You’ve had some success at Iowa Speedway in the past in the ARCA Racing Series. What are your thoughts heading there this weekend in the Camping World Truck Series?
“Iowa (Speedway) has always been a great track for me. If I had to pick a favorite race track, Iowa would win. The fans out there are some of the best. It’s always a really cool feeling when you perform well in front of such a good group of fans. I’m excited to get back there and hopefully continue the success we’ve had there in the past.”