Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 021 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s Kroger 200. This is the same Chevrolet that Dillon drove to a runner-up finish in the spring event at Martinsville Speedway.
The First Time Around … This week’s 200-lap event marks Dillon’s second appearance at Martinsville Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. The 20-year-old driver qualified the No. 3 Chevrolet in the second position and remained a fixture in the top-three for the entire 250-lap affair at the half-mile short track. Dillon led for two laps en route to a second-place finish in his first Camping World Truck Series appearance at the Martinsville, Va.-based facility.
Points Leader … Dillon remains the leader of the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, ahead of second-place driver by one point.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over driver Cale Gale.
2012 Season Recap … Throughout the course of the last 18 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has one win (Atlanta Motor Speedway), three pole awards (Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway), six top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C., native holds an average starting position of 5.2 and a seventh-place average finishing position. He has completed 99.9 percent (2,730 of 2,732) of the contested laps and led for 142 circuits.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with 18 races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule.According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender leads the series in the Fastest on Restarts, Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,482) and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (97.44 percent) categories.He ranks second in the Average Running Position (7.594) and Driver Rating (103.1).Dillon holds the third position in Fastest Drivers Early in a Run and Fastest Speed in Traffic. The RCR driver is fourth in Green Flag Speed. With 566 Quality Passes made this season, he is ranked sixth amongst his competitors.
Welcome Home … Tracy Ramsey, the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops hauler driver hails from Fredericksburg, Va., a town 217 miles from the Martinsville, Va., short track. Ramsey, a 10-year veteran of the RCR team, came over to the No. 3 team from Jeff Burton’s No. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team where he worked as the tire specialist.
Rearview Mirror: Talladega Superspeedway … Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team earned their third pole award of the season at Talladega Superspeedway. Starting from the point position for the 94-lap event, Dillon was scored in the top 10 for the entire race and led for 25 laps en route to a fourth-place finish.
This weekend’s Kroger 200 marks your second appearance at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. What are you expectations heading into the weekend? “We had a really fast truck when we came here in the spring. I think we can definitely give Kevin Harvick a run for the win. The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team has grown a lot since the last race at Martinsville (Speedway). I know we have what it takes to contend for the win.”