Dillon Sets New Kentucky Speedway NCWTS Qualifying Record
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) driver Austin Dillon scored his second career Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) pole award by turning a new series track record 179.868 mph (30.022 seconds) lap today in qualifying for tonight's "Kentucky 225."
The 21-year-old driver's effort eclipses the previous 178.141 mph (30.313 seconds) series track record set by Bill Lester on July 9, 2005.
Dillon will start a NCWTS race from the pole position for the fifth time this season. He started this season's July 7 NCWTS Kentucky Speedway race second and placed ninth after the hood of his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet flipped up unexpectedly and forced and unscheduled pit stop. He earned his first Kentucky NCWTS pole award on September 3, 2010.
He will start tonight's race holding a two-point NCWTS championship advantage on Turner Motorsports driver James Buescher, who qualified eighth with a 177.322 mph (30.453 seconds) lap.
"I feel like we've just have gotten everything together and I'm on the top of my game right now. It's the most comfortable that I have felt in the truck series. Yesterday, I told them (the team) that I felt like I was getting every bit out of the truck I could get. It's just really running fast and I can't wait for tonight. We're going to tighten her up a little bit more, because there will be faster speeds tonight. You are probably going to see some thirty-oh's again.
"It's a tough championship race right now and we want to show them that we are here to stay. This is the two weeks we want to capitalize on, Kentucky and Las Vegas. These are very good tracks for us and we need to go out there and win," Dillon said.
Kevin Harvick, Inc., driver Ron Hornaday, Jr., the 2009 and 2006 Kentucky NCWTS race winner, will start second after turning a 178.601 mph (30.235 seconds) lap in the No. 2 Hollywood Casino Chevrolet, his teammate Nelson Piquet, Jr., will start third after manufacturing a 178.383 mph (30.272 seconds) lap in the No. 8 Autotrac/Qualcomm Chevrolet and Brian Ickler will start fourth after turning in a 178.371 mph (30.274 seconds) lap in the No. 18 Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota that won the July 7 event in the commonwealth. Fifth-place qualifier and Eddie Sharp Racing competitor Justin Lofton also bettered the previous series qualifying record with a 178.165 mph (30.309 seconds) lap in his No. 6 Collegecomplete.com Chevrolet.
Overall, 24 of tonight's 36 qualifiers utilized temperatures in the mid 50s to better Thorsport Racing driver Johnny Sauter's July 7 Kentucky pole winning lap of 174.109 mph (31.015 seconds).
Race time is 8:00 p.m., and tickets are available at the speedway gates.
Story by Mike Schmaltz