Richard Childress Racing
March 31, 2012
Ty Dillon Finishes Second in his Short Track Debut at Martinsville Speedway
"On a few of the last runs, I told Flash not to touch it because the handling was so good."
Start – 2
Finish – 2
Laps Led – 2
Points Position – 4
Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team finished second in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway in their first appearance at the half-mile short track. Dillon took to the track Friday for two practice sessions ending the day with the 20th fastest time, but that didn’t stop the 20-year-old from posting the second-quickest lap in Saturday’s qualifying. The Welcome, N.C., native took the green flag from the second position for Saturday afternoon’s 250-lap affair. Crew chief Scott Naset and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team made minor chassis adjustments on the first pit stop to improve the handling on the black Chevrolet. As the halfway point of the race neared, Dillon reported the handling had improved and didn’t need any adjustments on the last stop of the day. While not running outside the top-three at all during the 250-lap event, Dillon held on to all of his fenders driving the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to a second-place result at Martinsville Speedway jumping to fourth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“I’m so proud of Flash (crew chief Scott Naset) and the guys. We struggled a lot yesterday, but they worked hard and made us fast. The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was great. On a few of the last runs, I told Flash not to touch it because the handling was so good. I’m really happy to finish second to my teammate Kevin Harvick. I learned a lot from him these past two days. This second-place finish almost feels like a win seeing how it was my first time in a truck at Martinsville (Speedway).”