Richard Childress Racing
August 19, 2012
Ty Dillon Gains Ground in Points and Finishes Sixth at Michigan
"It was a great points day for the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and the guys were solid on pit road all day."
Start - 5
Finish - 6
Laps Led - 3
Points Position – Tied for 1
Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team battled fuel mileage late in the VFW 200, finishing in the sixth position at Michigan International Speedway and gaining one position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings to tie for the points lead. Dillon started the black and orange Chevrolet in the fifth position for the 100-lap event at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after the initial green flag, the 20-year-old driver used the draft to take over the second position on lap 17 but slipped back to seventh on lap 26 and remained a fixture in the top 10 for the majority of the race. As multiple trucks spun in front of the No. 3 Chevrolet on lap 45, Dillon slipped by with no damage to his truck and moved into the fifth position in the process. With multiple caution flags over the next 10 circuits at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility, the Welcome, N.C., native was able to save fuel, but not enough to make it to the finish. Dillon relinquished his third position on lap 84 when crew chief Marcus Richmond called the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to pit road for fuel and right-side tires. As green-flag pit stops cycled through, Dillon was scored in the 11th position with eight laps remaining in the 100-lap affair. He was able to improve five spots, to sixth, before the checkered flag waved, marking Dillon’s 11th top-10 finish of the 2012 season.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“It was a great points day for the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and the guys were solid on pit road all day. I thought we could have won today, but the fuel mileage game didn’t play out in our favor. We were good to the end, but some of the other teams took the gamble and it worked for them. I’m excited to ride this momentum into Bristol (Motor Speedway) on Wednesday.”