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2013 Bristol II: Austin Dillon NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 20, 2013 - 02:23 PM
2013 Bristol II: Austin Dillon NASCAR Nationwide Race Preview

This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 116 in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This season, Dillon earned a fourth-place finish in this Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway in August, a second-place finish after starting from the pole at Iowa in June and an 11th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. In September 2012, Dillon drove this Chevrolet to sixth-place finishes at Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, and a 15th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in August.


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Dillon at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Dillon has three Bristol Motor Speedway starts to his credit in the Nationwide Series, posting an 11th-place finish in March 2013, after incurring damage during a mid-race incident, and posting a 12th-place finish in March 2012 after he was thwarted by a NASCAR-issued penalty for exiting pit road too fast and challenged by a loose-handling condition throughout the race. He earned a career-best, fourth-place finish at the 0.533-mile short track in August 2012. The 22-year-old Nationwide Series regular has two starts at the half-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 17th in 2010 and 23rd in 2011.

The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (5.6), has led the second-most laps (483), ranks third in Laps in the Top-15 (89 percent), third in Average Running Position (9.515) maintains the fourth-best Driver Rating (100.2), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (260) and is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.909).

Get to the Points ... After leading the standings for two-consecutive weeks, Dillon fell to third (tied) in the Nationwide Series driver championship standings with his 21st-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday. He is currently 15 markers shy of Sam Hornish, Jr.'s point lead.

Raising Awareness for DRIVE4COPD ... Dillon is scheduled to help raise awareness for the COPD foundation with an appearance at the Food City store located at 1320 Euclid Ave. in Bristol, Va. from 5-6 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 22. Dillon's paternal grandfather, Stan Dillon, passed away following a battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease in May 2012, sparking Dillon to partner with the COPD foundation to encourage all Americans aged 35 or older to log onto www.drive4copd.org/screener to take a brief, five-question screener to see if they might be at risk for COPD, a serious and progressive lung disease that is the third leading cause of death of Americans. If the screener indicates risk, patients are encouraged to take the next step and speak with their healthcare professional or call the COPD Information Line (1-866-316-2673) to discuss what their score may mean. Because COPD is a progressive disease that causes irreversible lung damage, early diagnosis and disease management are critical to helping patients breathe better in the future.

Spark your Engines ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.

AdvoCare Supporting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma ... If Dillon wins this weekend's Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, AdvoCare will make a $5,000 donation to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The health and wellness company will pledge $2,000 to CIPT for a top-five finish and $1,000 for a top-10 finish. So far this season, the No. 3 team has raised $20,000 towards the cause. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. and AdvoCare's generous donations are aimed at helping to raise awareness for pediatric trauma, the No. 1 killer of children in America. You can help save the lives of injured children by making a contribution to the Childress Institute in two ways: donate $33 in honor of Dillon via his website, or text WIN to 80077 to make a $10 donation.

What is the racing like at Bristol Motor Speedway?
"Bristol Motor Speedway is a track where the racing has become really aggressive lately, especially with that groove at the top coming in. There will be a lot of beating and banging in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It's getting down to the end of the year and guys are trying to position themselves for points, so you're going to see a lot of aggressive driving at Bristol. Hopefully, we'll be one of the cars that can put ourselves out front."

How frustrating is it as a driver when it takes six, seven or even eight laps sometimes to pass someone at Bristol Motor Speedway?
"It's frustrating. We dealt with it at Darlington Raceway this year. At some of these racetracks it's just tough. Bristol Motor Speedway has gotten that way. You have to be patient, which is a very key part of these races. Riding in sixth is not a bad day, because on a restart late in the race you're going to have the outside line so you might finish third or fourth. We just need to qualify well and recognize that pit stops will be key. We had a bad pit stop last time we were at Bristol Motor Speedway, so hopefully we can have a clean pit road and come out on top."

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