Sporting a special National Wild Turkey Federation paint scheme in conjunction with Bass Pro Shops, Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet team finished 11th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Dillon started the 200-lap History 300 from the second position after posting his career best Nationwide Series qualifying effort on Saturday afternoon but fell to sixth on the first lap as he battled a loose-handling Chevrolet, a condition that plagued the team throughout the race.
The Bass Pro Shops team worked to alleviate the condition through numerous air pressure and chassis adjustments over the course of four separate routine pit stops. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender was scored in the 10th position for a lap-146 restart when oil on the racing surface caused several drivers to slide and spin, including the car directly in front of Dillon. Although the No. 3 Chevrolet was loose, Dillon avoided making contact with any cars or spinning himself by backing off of the throttle, losing three positions on the race track in the process. Restarting in the 13th position on lap 154, Dillon spent the final 46 laps of the race trying to gain track position while massaging his loose-handling black and orange Chevrolet, crossing the finish line in the 11th position. Dillon remains third in the Nationwide Series Driver Championship Standings, 28 markers behind point leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Start – 2 Finish – 11 Laps Led – 0 Points – 3
Austin Dillon on his race: “I worked hard in my Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevrolet today. We fought a loose-handling race car for the entire race. Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the most temperature-sensitive tracks we go to and the mixture of sun and cloud cover definitely affected us today. Track position is king at the end of these races and we didn’t have it today. We’re going to the ‘Monster Mile’ at Dover next weekend and I love that track so I hope we can get a top-five finish there.”