Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team finished 12th in the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway after battling a tight-handling Chevrolet for the majority of the 150-lap affair.
Dillon took the green flag from the third position and reported early in the event that the Richard Childress Racing entry was tight in the center of the corners. The Welcome, N.C., native was scored in the seventh position at the halfway point of the event when Richmond called the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was called to pit road for fuel and a chassis adjustment to alleviate the handling issues.
Dillon restarted in the eighth position on lap 86 and experienced relief from the chassis adjustment. When another caution flag slowed the field on lap 98 and, Richmond instructed the 2011 ARCA Racing Series champion down pit road for a two right-side tire pit stop which included a round of chassis adjustments.
The two-tire stop catapulted the team into the second position for the ensuing restart. Dillon battled three-wide for the lead, eventually taking over the top spot on lap 117. He led for 17 circuits around the 1.5-mile facility before slipping back to third as the tight-handling returned to the No. 3 Chevrolet.
With multiple restarts in the final nine laps of the American Ethanol 225, Dillon battled traffic and handling issues in the closing laps of the race and lost track position, relegating the 20-year-old to a 12th-place finish.
Despite the 12th-place result, Dillon improved to second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 23 markers behind the leader.
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"Tonight was a good points night for the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. We struggled a little bit with the handling of the Chevrolet, but we led some laps and gained a spot in the championship hunt. We just have to keep putting together good trucks, and a win should be around the corner."