Dillon Ready to Dance with the Lady in Black
DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 10, 2010) – Excitement is building around this Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Too Tough To Tame 200 and around the return of a black, No. 3 Chevrolet at the famed Darlington Raceway.
While the black, No. 3 may not be the Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt, Sr., made famous throughout his career it does signify the beginning of a new era with Austin Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, behind the wheel. Dillon will pilot the familiar number and paint scheme in his first career start at Darlington Raceway.
The mystique and mystery behind a fast lap at Darlington is not lost on Dillon.
“We’ll spend more time in practice trying to learn the track. However, I’m armed with great feedback from my spotter, Andy Houston, who has raced there before in the truck series and all of the RCR cup drivers,” said Dillon. “They have been giving me little pointers and, hopefully, that will make my race day go smoother on Saturday.”
“Austin is a great young driver and it will be exciting to watch him work his way through practice, qualifying and 200-miles of racing action on Saturday,” said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. “Saturday’s field is full of guys who have never raced at Darlington and that just adds to the excitement of this event.”
While the on-track competition will be tough so will conditions at Darlington. Mid-summer heat is expected to keep the track hot and slick during the day while cooler temperatures will creep in around race time creating more grip.
“Everyone says the key to Darlington is to race the racetrack,” said Dillon. “I’ve heard the track conditions change quickly, so it will be important to keep up with the changes so that I can provide feedback to Danny [Stockman, crew chief] and all of the guys on the team.”
Tickets for the Too Tough To Tame 200 are still available and can be purchase be calling 866-459-RACE or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.
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Darlington Raceway, or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars returned to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a stop at Darlington for the first time since the 2004 season.
Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. The Camping World Truck Series will make its return to Darlington Raceway for first time since 2004 on August 14 for the Too Tough To Tame 200. The Darlington Historic Racing Festival will make its return on September 24-26. The three-day festival will feature the cars and stars that made motorsports the spectacle it is today. Tickets for both events are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.