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Mar 17, 2013
Sunday
Austin Dillon Salvages 11th-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway
Press Release

2013 NNS Austin Dillon (AdvoCare) - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
2013 NNS Austin Dillon (AdvoCare) - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon despite incurring damage to his Chevrolet during a mid-race incident. Dillon started the 300-lap affair from the second position and looked strong from the start of the race, settling into the top-five despite a tight-handling condition on exit to the corners.

He dropped to 10th in the running order following a lap-60 pit stop under caution for left-side tires and a chassis adjustment, but quickly raced his way forward in the field. The Welcome, N.C. driver was in the seventh spot when a multi-car incident blocked the half-mile track in front of him, although he tried to brake to avoid the melee, Dillon made contact with another car, necessitating multiple trips down pit road so that the RCR team could make repairs to the No. 3 Chevrolet.

Dillon fell one lap down to the race leader in the process, but gained his lap back by earning the Lucky Dog when the caution flag was displayed on lap 177. Green flag racing resumed on lap 183 with Dillon in the 17th position. The team spent the remainder of the race working for position, with Dillon ultimately earning an 11th-place finish.

Start - 2

Finish – 11

Laps Led – 0

Points - 6

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:

“I downshifted as much as I could when that wreck happened just in front of us but there was no way to avoid it. We just barely clipped it and had enough damage to create problems for the rest of the day. I’m proud of this No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team for turning what could have been a very bad day into an 11th-place finish. It could have been a lot worse. This is what championship teams are made of. It’s still early in the season and we have a lot more racing to do.”

Source: Richard Childress Racing Press Release




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