Richard Childress Racing
June 9, 2012
Ty Dillon Brings Home Seventh Consecutive Top-10 Finish
"I'm really proud of the guys and Marcus made a lot of great calls. We learned a lot from tonight's race, and I can't wait to get to Kentucky Speedway in two weeks."
Start - 3
Finish - 7
Laps Led - 22
Points - 3
Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team finished seventh in Friday night's Texas 400 at Texas Motor Speedway despite leading laps and dominating throughout the 167-lap event. Due to inclement weather in the Fort Worth, Texas area, NASCAR officials were forced to cancel NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying on Thursday, setting the starting lineup by current owner point standings. The 20-year-old driver started in the third position and remained there until a caution flag was displayed on lap 33. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called Dillon to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. A fast stop by the Bass Pro Shops team vaulted Dillon to the lead for the restart. After maintaining the top position for the next 17 circuits around the 1.5-mile race track, Dillon reported that a tight-handling condition developed on his black and orange Chevrolet. Despite additional adjustments, the tight condition continued to plague the Richard Childress Racing entry and they slipped to fourth in the running order. The Richmond-led team was called into action on lap 129, arming Dillon with four more fresh tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment during the caution period. Restarting from the first position, Dillon led for another five laps. While battling to remain the leader, contact was made with another competitor, causing the RCR driver to lose control of his Chevrolet and slightly tap the outside retaining wall with the right-rear fender on lap 138. Suffering minimal damage, the No. 3 team decided to remain on the racing surface in the ninth position. Dillon was able to improve two positions in the last portion of the race to finish seventh, marking his seventh-consecutive top-10 finish to start the 2012 season.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“It’s a little disappointing that we finished seventh tonight at Texas (Motor Speedway). We had a fast No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet that was capable of winning and a late-race incident cost us the top spot. I’m really proud of the guys and Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) made a lot of great calls. We learned a lot from tonight’s race, and I can’t wait to get to Kentucky (Speedway) in two weeks.”