Richard Childress Racing
May 15, 2012
Ty Dillon Event Preview: NC Education Lottery 200
"We tested at Nashville Superspeedway with Marcus a few weeks ago, and we seem to work really well together. I learned a lot from him at Martinsville (Speedway) when I worked with him and Kevin Harvick. Marcus has the level of experience that can direct a rookie team toward a championship, and that’s one of our team goals this season."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 019 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday's N.C. Education Lottery 250 at the 1.5-mile track. Prior to a makeover during the off season, this truck was used by Dillon's older brother, Austin, throughout the 2011 season, including a victory at Chicagoland Speedway last September. In four appearances last season, this chassis finished seventh or better and has never qualified outside the top eight.
Charlotte Details ... Dillon has no previous starts in the Camping World Truck Series at the Concord, N.C.-based facility, but the 20-year-old has some history at the track. Dillon made his racing debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a bandolero car in 2006. Although the young driver hasn’t competed at CMS, he does have some impressive stats on 1.5-mile tracks in his seven Camping World Truck Series starts. With five starts on a 1.5-mile or larger track, Dillon holds an average starting position of 8.4 coupled with an average finishing position of 8.8 and one top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Points Racing ... After a ninth-place showing at Kansas Speedway, Dillon slipped one position, to fourth, in the Camping World Truck Series driver's championship point standings, 14 markers behind the leader Timothy Peters.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update ... Dillon took over the lead for the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors after the inaugural race at "The Rock" last month. He is 16 points ahead of driver John King after four races on the Camping World Truck Series schedule.
Changin’ it Up ... Marcus Richmond will serve as crew chief on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2012 season. Richmond was appointed crew chief on the No. 2 RCR truck program at the end of the 2011 season working with drivers Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan and Tim George Jr. In his four races a top the No. 2 pit box, Richmond earned a pole award and victory at Martinsville Speedway with Harvick and a pole award at Kansas Speedway with George Jr. Prior to joining RCR, Richmond worked with Cole Whitt in the Camping World Truck Series, capturing one pole, two top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
Gobble, Gobble … The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet will sport a different look this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the National Wild Turkey Federation on board. Bass Pro Shops and the NWTF work together in wildlife habitat conservation in an effort to preserve North America’s wild turkey population. The NWTF was founded in 1973 in Edgefield, S.C., and has since expanded to having local chapters in every state and Canada. Today, the NWTF has helped preserve almost 17 million acres of habitat land.
Kansas Speedway Rewind ... Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team finished ninth in the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway. After qualifying in the fifth position, the team battled a tight-handling black and orange machine throughout the 167-lap event even after adjustments over the course of three routine pit stops. On the final restart, Dillon was scored in the 15th position but climbed his way to ninth before the checkered flag was displayed 10 laps later.
Meet Ty Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in an autograph session at Childress Vineyards on May 25 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Rookie of the Year contender will sign autographs with fellow RCR teammates Gaughan and Joey Coulter at the 2012 FAN DAY co-hosted by the RCR Museum and Childress Vineyards. Following the autograph sessions, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to fish with the 2011 ARCA Racing Series champion and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team in the pond behind the winery, courtesy of Bass Pro Shops.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
Marcus Richmond has been named your crew chief for the remainder of the season. What are your thoughts on this change?
“We tested at Nashville Superspeedway with Marcus a few weeks ago, and we seem to work really well together. I learned a lot from him at Martinsville (Speedway) when I worked with him and Kevin Harvick. Marcus has the level of experience that can direct a rookie team toward a championship, and that’s one of our team goals this season.”
You’ve never raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway before; does this add extra pressure on you?
“Not really, last year in the ARCA Racing Series there were a lot of tracks that we had never been to and ran well at. We’ll unload at Charlotte Motor Speedway with notes from my brother (Austin Dillon) from last year, and I’ll have the help of my teammates Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan. We just have to do our best and learn all we can during practice.”