Richard Childress Racing
August 7, 2012
Austin Dillon Event Preview: Zippo 200 at the Glen
"If we can survive and finish the race, I know that it will be very helpful for us in the point standings."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Austin Dillon, No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet
Zippo 200 at the Glen – August 11, 2012
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s AdvoCare Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 098 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. This is a new Chevrolet from the RCR stable that will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
Dillon at the Glen … Dillon will make his first Nationwide Series start at Watkins Glen International this weekend and has one Nationwide Series road course race to his credit, finishing in the 18th position at Road America in June. He has competed in two road course races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division, finishing 12th at Watkins Glen and finishing 21st at Lime Rock Motorsports Park, both in 2008. The 22-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has been training with road course racing veteran Max Papis this season.
The Season So Far … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon has completed 90.8 percent of his Laps in the Top 15, ranking him second and has an Average Running Position of 8.496 in the season’s 20 contested Nationwide Series races, also ranking him second among all drivers. The Nationwide Series rookie is ranked second in the Fastest Laps Run category with 279 laps so far this season and has completed 96.02 percent of Laps on the Lead Lap, ranking him third among all competitors. He maintains a Driver Rating of 105.1, ranking him fourth, has the fourth-fastest Speed in Traffic and is the fourth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run. He has 283 Laps Led this season, ranking him fifth, has the sixth-fastest Green Flag Speed, is sixth-Fastest on Restarts, is the sixth-fastest Driver Early in a Run and ranks sixth in Quality Passes with 774.
Get to the Points … Dillon is second in the 2012 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing RCR teammate Elliott Sadler by 18 points. The Welcome, N.C., driver currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
Spark your Engines … Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon’s favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.
Iowa Speedway Recap … Dillon started from the third position and led 53 laps in the Nationwide Series’ second Iowa Speedway appearance of the season before a vibration caused the RCR driver to make an unscheduled pit stop and fall one lap down to the leader. A long green-flag run ensued, preventing Dillon from earning the “Lucky Dog” award and he ultimately finished in the 15th position.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
With limited road course racing experience, what are your goals for this weekend?
“This weekend could be a big game changer for a lot of people in the point standings. I’ve been working with Max Papis a lot and I know that his feedback will be helpful throughout the race weekend. Max has given me a lot of confidence and I’m definitely more prepared, both physically and mentally, for this weekend. I think the biggest thing for Road America, Watkins Glen International and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is to stay on the race track. It’s easier said than done. If we can survive and finish the race, I know that it will be very helpful for us in the point standings.”