Richard Childress Racing
September 2, 2012
Austin Dillon and the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Team Earn a Sixth-Place Finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway
"The car was great towards the end of the race and we had a good shot at a top-three finish."
Start – 9
Finish – 6
Laps Led – 0
Points – 4
Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in the NRA American Warriors 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, securing the team’s 18th top-10 finish of the 2012 season. Dillon started the 300-mile race from the ninth position and struggled with a loose-handling condition on his No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet until the first round of green-flag pit stops on lap 48 afforded the team an opportunity to make sweeping air pressure and chassis adjustments to correct the handling issues. Dillon showcased speed in the black No. 3 Chevrolet following the pit stop, and although he was running in the top 10, he fell one lap down to the race leader during a long green-flag run in which allowed only seven cars remained on the lead lap. After earning the “Lucky Dog” award on lap 81, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender returned to the lead lap and raced his way into the top three. The AdvoCare Chevrolet was scored in the third position for a late-race restart on lap 192 but dropped to sixth in the closing laps following a hard charge from teams with fresher tires. Dillon remains fourth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“What a crazy race. There was a lot of slipping and sliding out there. The AdvoCare Chevrolet was not handling very well at the beginning of the race but we worked together as a team and recovered well. The car was great towards the end of the race and we had a good shot at a top-three finish. I’m proud of Danny Stockman and the entire team for their hard work tonight.”