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March 20, 2014

From the Pit Box: Crew chief Danny Stockman

Danny Stockman enters his fifth, full-time season with Richard Childress Racing after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship last season.

Danny Stockman enters his fifth, full-time season with Richard Childress Racing after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship last season. A new setting this season with a new driver in Ty Dillon, Stockman and his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/WESCO/Yuengling Light Lager team look to defend its title and give him his third NASCAR championship ring in four seasons.
 
Stockman, who was born in Fontana, Calif., returns to his home state this weekend with three top-10 finishes, and one pole award thus far, in 2014. Last season at Auto Club Speedway, Stockman’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro finished fifth, which was one of 13 top-five finishes he collected in 2013. With most of his family still residing in the Fontana area, Stockman is looking forward to making the return to ACS.
 
What’s it like racing in your hometown?
“It’s definitely fun going home, we don’t get to go out there very often. Being 3500 miles away from the family and all that, it gets tough. We’ll go out there for a couple days and then I’ll get to stay until Tuesday to catch up with family. My dad grew up there, my grandfather had a machine shop about five minutes from the race track and my brother just had a new baby so I’m really looking forward to seeing him. It’s definitely something I look forward to, going to the home turf and seeing all the people that helped me get to where I am today.”
 
Ty tested in Fontana a few weeks ago, did you talk with him on how the test went?
“Yeah definitely. We’re going to apply some of the things we tested out there to our car. He had a pretty good test, he learned a lot having never been there. It’s really good for him to get out there and get some laps because the place is its own racetrack. It’s got its own characteristics, the weather is so nice out there and it’s hot all the time, so the asphalt on the track is a lot different from the other race tracks we go to. It’s an interesting race as far as a pit strategy, especially with your tires. You definitely have to conserve your tires.”
 
What’s the setup like for Auto Club Speedway, comparing it to another track?
“It’s actually kind of hard to compare it to another track because it is so different. It’s one in its own, for sure.” 
 
What’s the chemistry been like so far with a new driver behind the wheel?
“Taking the last four years with Austin, I knew him. I could read his facial expressions, I could read his eyes, and we’re just having to get to that point with Ty now. We’re working really hard on that and I think it’s going extremely well. We’ve had some good cars, some not so good cars. In the race, we’ve been able to get it close enough to get some decent finishes. But you definitely always want more.”
 
How are you going to spend you off-weekend after this race?
“I don’t know. Maybe take my wife somewhere nice or maybe do some Remote Control racing somewhere.” 
 

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