Richard Childress 225 225
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Chicagoland Speedway
September 13, 2013
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fifth (Ty Dillon) and 25th (Brendan Gaughan).
Dillon is third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 59 markers behind the leader; while Gaughan ranks 10th in the standings, 126 points out of the top spot.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team is fifth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 62 team 13th in the standings.
According to NASCAR’s Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, Dillon earned the third-best Average Running Position (4.700), was the third-Fastest on Restarts, earned the fourth-best Driver Rating (111.2), had the fourth-Fastest Green-Flag Speed and Speed in Traffic, was the fifth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and fifth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run.
Dillon was one of three competitors in the 36-truck field to spend 100 percent (150 laps) running in the Top 15.
Gaughan was the Fastest Driver Early in a Run and Late in a Run that didn’t finish within five laps of the leader, earned the fifth-best Average Running Position (6.847) and was the fifth-Fastest on the Restarts.
RCR teammates posted eight of the Fastest Laps Run, Dillon earned five and Gaughan three.
Kyle Busch took the checkered flag and was followed to the line by Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Matt Crafton and Dillon.
The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 28. The 17th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Dillon Earns Second-Consecutive Top-Five Finish in Chicago
Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team finished fifth under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night despite battling a tight-handling Chevrolet for the majority of the 150-lap event. After posting the second-fastest time in qualifying, Dillon took the initial green flag and immediately reported his black and orange machine was too tight. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called for chassis adjustments during routine two and four-tire pit stops under caution periods on laps 68 and 100. Quick work by the Richard Childress Racing pit crew allowed the North Carolina native to maintain track position within the top-10 for the entire 225-mile race. Due to multiple long green flag runs, the handling on the No. 3 Chevrolet didn’t improve causing Dillon to battle handling issues until the checkered flag waved when he crossed the finish line in the fifth position. Friday night’s result marks Dillon’s second-consecutive top-five finish.
Start – 2          Finish – 5          Laps Led – 0        Points – 3rd
“I’m glad we could bring home a fifth-place finish tonight. We battled a tight-handling condition all night. It was a lot worse on long green flag runs, but the Bass Pro Shops team never gave up. I hope we can continue this momentum and turn these top fives into wins before the season ends.”
Solid Run by Gaughan Spoiled by Misfortune at Chicagoland Speedway
Brendan Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team fell victim to another round of bad luck Friday night when overheating issues relegated the team to a 25th-place finish in the 225 at Chicagoland Speedway after a solid run by the Richard Childress Racing team. Starting from the fifth position, the Las Vegas native maintained a spot within the top 10 during the majority of the 150-lap event while battling a tight handling Chevrolet. Gaughan was scored fourth when he radioed to crew chief Shane Wilson that the temperature of the black and gold machine suddenly skyrocketed, forcing the team to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 141 to assess the issue. The pit crew pulled tape from the grille in an attempt to bring down the engine temperature. Gaughan returned to the racing surface, only to come back down pit road the following lap. After final evaluation, Wilson determined the issue could not be remedied, forcing the team to settle for a 25th-place result. Following the 16th race of the season Gaughan remains 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.
Start – 5         Finish – 25          Laps Led – 0          Points – 10th
“It just seems like we can’t shake this bad luck lately. We had an incredibly solid run going tonight, and the South Point Hotel & Casino crew did a great job working on the truck and keeping us up front. This is not the way I wanted tonight to end, but we’ll move on and focus on the next race at my home track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”