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2012 Homestead: Ty Dillon NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Nov 14, 2012 - 05:38 PM
2012 Homestead: Ty Dillon NASCAR Truck Race Preview

This Week's Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 026 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Friday's season-finale race. This is the same chassis that Dillon drove to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Dillon also utilized this RCR machine at Kentucky Speedway in September where he finished third and Texas Motor Speedway in November where he finished in the fifth position.


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Sunshine State Details ... This week's 134-lap event marks Dillon's second appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. The 20-year-old driver collected a sixth-place finish last November in his first start at the track.

Points Battle ... Dillon is third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 12 markers behind the leader going into the final race of the season.

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 21 Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon has earned one win (Atlanta Motor Speedway), three pole awards (Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway), seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C., native holds an average starting position of 6.1 and an average finishing position of 8.3. He has completed 99.7 percent (3,223 of 3,232) of the contested laps and led for 164 circuits.

Season-to-Date ... Dillon has earned impressive stats with 21 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 Laps Run in the Top 15 (2,883) and Percentage of Laps Run on the Lead Lap (95.79 percent) categories. He ranks second in Average Running Position (7.900). Dillon holds the third position in Driver Rating (101.0) and Fastest on Restarts. The RCR driver is the fourth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and has the fourth-Fastest Speed in Traffic. Dillon is fifth in Green Flag Speed and with 618 Quality Passes made this season, he is ranked sixth amongst his competitors.

Loopy in Miami ... In his first appearance at the 1.5-mile track, according to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon is ranked third in Quality Passes (43) and Fastest Speed in Traffic. He is fourth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run and earned the seventh position in Average Running Position (8.521) and Green Flag Speed. Dillon is the eighth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run and has the ninth-best Driver Rating (96.3).

Taking Questions ... Prior to competing in the final race of the 2012 season, Dillon is scheduled to participate in a championship contender media day on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The press conference will be televised live on live on SPEED, ESPNEWS and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and streamed live on NASCAR.com.

Calling All Voters ... This is the final week in NASCAR's Most Popular Driver contest. Cast your vote for Dillon at NASCAR.com/ncwtsmpd and be entered to win an exclusive trip to the Camping World Truck Series year-end awards banquet in Miami, Fla. Fans may vote once every 24 hour period until Nov. 16.

Rearview Mirror: Phoenix International Raceway ... After being involved in a late-race incident and suffering extensive damage to the right-front fender, Dillon earned a 15th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

You earned a sixth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November after starting from the second position. What are your thoughts heading into the season finale race?
"We're going to do our best to win this race. We had a good truck there last year, and we've had some success on the 1.5-mile tracks this year. We have one more race to claim the championship, and I know we're going to fight hard to win it for RCR."

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