Austin Dillon dominates and wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 23, 2015
- Austin Dillon won the Hisense 300, Ty Dillon finished seventh, Brendan Gaughan 18th and Brian Scott 20th.
- Austin Dillon qualified on the pole for the Hisense 300 while Brian Scott qualified third, Ty Dillon ninth and Brendan Gaughan 17th.
- Next up for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click it or Ticket at Dover International Speedway. Catch all the action live on Saturday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX, broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Brian Scott Finishes 20th at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Brian Scott and the Shore Lodge Chevrolet qualified in the third position for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the home track for the NASCAR industry. Scott quickly lined up behind Richard Childress Racing teammate and pole sitter Austin Dillon at the beginning of the 200-lap event. Initial reports about the No. 2 Chevrolet from Scott were tight-handling conditions. He raced in second place for the first 47 laps of competition when a caution flag was displayed for another competitor. A four-tire stop with an air pressure adjustment made Scott’s tight-handling conditions more severe as he fell to the 16th position before coming to pit road for service on lap 99. The Shore Lodge Chevrolet was brought back to pit road during the lap 109 caution to diagnose a mechanical issue in the left front. The team elected to change the left-front shock on pit road, resulting in them falling three laps short to the leader. Scott restarted on lap 117 in the 25th position. With 34 laps remaining, Scott moved into the 21st position and was able to gain one additional position before crossing the finish line in 20th.
Start – 3 Finish – 4 Laps Led – 0 Points – 5
Brian Scott Quote:
"This was a really frustrating race. This was definitely a race we were capable of winning, which makes it even more frustrating. We’ll figure out what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again."
Ty Dillon Finishes Seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Qualifies for Dash4Cash
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF.org Chevrolet Camaro to a seventh-place finish Saturday afternoon in the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, recording the team’s eighth top-10 finish of the season. Dillon, who qualified ninth earlier in the afternoon, struggled to gain positioning on restarts, but managed to make up ground on long green-flag stretches. For a majority of the 200-lap race, Dillon raced in and around the top 10. Several times he reported the car’s balance was tight while getting through the middle of the corners. Crew chief Danny Stockman called for track bar and wedge adjustments on each of the team’s five pit stops to improve the Camaro’s handling on restarts. Despite some of the struggles, the 23-year-old driver held his position until the final restart on lap 162 where he drove up to seventh place. He maintained his position for the final 38 laps and crossed the finish line seventh. Dillon was the fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series regular to finish, qualifying him for next week’s #Dash4Cash at Dover International Raceway and the $100,000 bonus. He remains second in the driver point standings, trailing the leader by only four points.
Start – 9 Finish – 7 Laps Led – 0 Points – 2
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"We made the right adjustments throughout the day, especially there at the end. Overall, it’s another good points day for the No. 3 team and we qualified for the Dash4Cash. We’ll regroup and get ready for Dover next weekend where our friends at XFINITY have put a $100,000 bonus on the line – what a cool program. Thanks to Bass Pro Shops and the National Wild Turkey Federation for a fun weekend."
Austin Dillon Wins in Dominating Fashion at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon and the No. 33 Rheem team earned their second victory of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Hisense 300. Dillon posted the fastest time in qualifying earlier in the day, earning his fourth pole award of the year with the Richard Childress Racing team. After the Welcome, N.C. driver took the green flag for the 200-lap affair, crew chief Nick Harrison made minimal air pressure adjustments during routine four and two-tire pit stops to alleviate a tight-handling Chevrolet. On the final restart of the race, Dillon was scored in the fourth position and worked his way into the second spot with less than 20 laps remaining. With 15 laps to go, the 25-year-old driver battled three wide for the lead before taking over the top spot. Saturday’s victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the second time this season the No. 33 team has visited Victory Lane, with the first being at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Start – 1 Finish – 1 Laps Led – 163 Owner’s Points – 2
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
"I didn’t want to get out of this thing, it drove so good. I want to thank Nick (Harrison, crew chief), Danny (Efland, engineer) and the No. 33 Rheem team for all they do. They put together another fast Camaro this weekend, and we dominated today in our hometown. It can’t get much cooler than that. It was a heck of a race there with Denny (Hamlin) and Kasey (Kahne) at the end. I had to go right there in lapped traffic to make the pass for the lead. This is really cool to win in my hometown. My whole family was here and a lot of our friends, this is really awesome."
Brendan Gaughan Finishes 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Brendan Gaughan took the green flag for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 17th position on Saturday afternoon. Gaughan began reported his No. 62 South Point Chevrolet was experiencing tight-handling conditions on lap 24. The Las Vegas native battled those conditions for a majority of the 200-lap event. On lap 106, Gaughan began to report he had a right-rear tire going down. The caution flag flew on lap 111 and the 39-year-old driver came down pit road to the attention of his RCR team. On lap 118, Gaughan restarted in the 19th position, one lap down, where he raced for the remainder of the event. The No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet crossed the finish line in the 18th position. Gaughan is currently 10th in the XFINITY Series driver point standings as the Series heads to Dover International Speedway.
Start – 17th Finish – 18th Laps Led – 0 Points – 10th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:
"Unfortunate finish for the South Point team today. This Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was fast and the boys did a great job. After we lost a lap for having a right-rear tire go down, we were just never able to find ourselves in position to get the lucky dog. The last few weeks have not been the finishes we’ve wanted, but we are going to work hard to make it all back up."