Originally posted on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 7/15/12

MADISON, IL - JULY 16: Austin Dillon, driver of the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series CampingWorld.com 200 at Gateway International Raceway on July 16, 2010 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a third-place finish in the F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, marking the team's 10th top-five finish of the 2012 season.

By besting the performances of fellow Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash competitors Ricky Stenhouse, Elliott Sadler and Michael Annett, Dillon earned a $100,000 bonus and qualified for the next Dash 4 Cash race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Dillon started the 200-lap race from the 12th position and immediately advanced his track position, climbing to the sixth position before a lap-36 caution provided the Sunoco Rookie an opportunity to pit. By taking right-side tires and fuel instead of the four-tire stop implemented by many of their competitors, the AdvoCare team gained five positions on pit road and Dillon was scored as the race leader when green-flag racing resumed at lap 41.

The No.3 Chevrolet proved strong contender for the remainder of the 200-lap race as Dillon hovered in the top five, leading the Dash 4 Cash competitors until Stenhouse made a pass on Dillon for the fourth position with 40 laps remaining. Dillon hung back until he could get a run on Stenhouse and regained the position 10 laps later, ultimately posting a third-place finish.

Dillon remains second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, three markers shy of RCR teammate Sadler's lead.                                  

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:  "Winning our first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway was our number one moment of the year, but this finish and winning the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus is a very close second. We had a heck of a battle there and I think it really showed how deep this team can dig. We came to this race without our crew chief and without our car chief, but still set up a great race car and had it ready for the race. We started 12th and advanced our position quickly. That was a great call by our interim crew chief, Gil Martin, to take two tires.

"The Dash 4 Cash racing was awesome. Ricky Stenhouse got up there near the end and had a good restart. I had a good restart but I just couldn't get going on the bottom. They hung me down. I kept working and working and working and I gave it my all. We're looking forward to Chicago next weekend to keep this momentum going."

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