Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a top-20 finish in his NASCAR Nationwide Series road course racing debut at Road America on Saturday despite losing third gear in his transmission early in the Sargento 200. Dillon started the 50-lap race from the 23rd position and drove to the 18th position before pitting for the first time under green-flag conditions on lap five for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco Green E15 fuel. Shortly after the green-flag pit stop, Dillon reported to crew chief Danny Stockman that the car’s transmission lost third gear. With no remedy except to shift using only second and fourth gears, Dillon navigated his way around the 14-turn road course with the assistance of four different spotters placed strategically around the 4.048-mile track. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender made several routine four-tire and fuel-only pit stops throughout the race and was running in the 20th position when the caution flag was displayed at lap 30, prompting the team to make their final pit stop of the race, taking four tires and fuel. When green-flag racing resumed at lap 32, Dillon was scored in the 19th position and instructed by his team to conserve as much fuel as possible. Dillon raced his way to as high as 17th with two laps remaining but ultimately finished in the 18th position. He maintains his second-place position in the Nationwide Series championship driver point standings, 11 points behind the current point leader, RCR teammate Elliott Sadler.  Start – 23rd
Finish – 20th
Laps Led – 0
Points – 2                                   AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:  “We lost third gear on lap 12 and it’s really hard to recover from something like that. The guys did a great job using pit strategy to help me gain some positions on the race track, and I did the best that I could shifting using only second gear and fourth gear. We were able to maintain in the point standings even with a 20th-place finish, so that is the bright side of the day.”
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