Richard Childress Racing
June 29, 2012
Ty Dillon Leads Laps and Earns Top-Five Finish at Kentucky Speedway
"I'm really proud of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. We had to change engines during practice which resulted in starting from the back of the pack, but we drove our way up to finish third."
Start - 4
Finish - 3
Laps Led - 3
Points Position - 3
Ty Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team battled their way through Thursday evening's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field to finish third in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Although the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender qualified fourth, the RCR team was forced to change engines during final practice on Thursday afternoon, sending Dillon to the back of the field for the start of the 150-lap race. Dillon took the green-flag from the tail-end of the field and drove into the top 20 within the first 10 laps of the race despite battling a loose-handling condition on the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Routine chassis adjustments throughout the event provided little relief for the Welcome, N.C., driver. A strategic call for two tires during a lap 104 caution period placed Dillon in the top spot for a lap-107 restart, and he led the next three circuits before slipping to the second position. The 20-year-old driver battled for position during the final laps of the race as he maneuvered his loose-handling truck, crossing the finish line in the third position. He is now tied for third in the driver championship point standings, four points behind the leader.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"I'm really proud of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. We had to change engines during practice which resulted in starting from the back of the pack, but we drove our way up to finish third. That's how great this team is; we took a bad day and turned it into a good one. We even closed in on the points leader. Overall, I'm happy with how we performed today."