· Sidelined with illness, Brennan Newberry stepped away from his No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado at Chicagoland Speedway, handing driving duties over to Chevrolet teammate Austin Dillon. Dillon qualified the No. 24 Chevrolet in the 10th position and ran most of the 150-lap event in the top 10 before finishing seventh in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225.
· Looking to continue his strong runs at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Ron Hornaday and the No. 9 Anderson’s Maple Syrup/Jewel-Osco Chevrolet Silverado team started the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 from the 17th position and earned a solid 13th-place finish.
· Kyle Busch won the race followed by Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon.
· Next up on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule is the Smith’s 350 on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With Brennan Newberry Sidelined Due to Illness, Austin Dillon Pilots the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado to Season-Best Seventh-Place Finish
After illness sidelined Brennan Newberry from piloting the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Champion and Chevrolet teammate Austin Dillon stepped up to the driver seat for the 16th stop of the season.
Spending Friday morning’s practice session getting accustomed to the NTS team and getting the No. 24 to his liking, Dillon was able to secure the 10th starting position in the afternoon qualifying session in preparation for 150 laps under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway.
With the green flag in the air, Dillon immediately began to move to the front of the field taking over the fourth position on lap 10. Moving into the third position on lap 12, Dillon reported to the team that the No. 24 Chevrolet was a “tick snug” as the caution flag waved for the first time. Opting to pit for fuel only, and with varying pit strategies coming into play, Dillon restarted the race in the 10th position on lap 18, radioing the team, “I’ll tell you what, this is fun!”
Dillon was able to pass several trucks to take over the seventh position on lap 32 where he would remain until the second caution on lap 47. The team called Dillon to pit road for four tires and fuel, sending the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado back on track in the ninth position for the restart.
Battling for the ninth position with teammate Ron Hornaday, Dillon was able to maintain his spot and advance to seventh on lap 60. Reporting to the team that the truck was getting tight, crew chief Eddie Pardue assured Dillon that his lap times were quick even with the tight-handling condition.
The race was again slowed on lap 67 for a caution and Pardue called for a fuel-only stop. The team restarted the race on lap 72 from the eighth position. With a quick caution on lap 74, Dillon stayed on track and restarted the race on lap 81 from the fifth spot.
As the race closed in on the final 50 laps, the final caution flag of the race waved on lap 99 and Pardue called Dillon to pit road for his final stop of the 150-lap event. The team changed four tires, made a round of adjustments and filled the No. 24 Silverado with Sunoco fuel. The race restarted on lap 107 with Dillon in the 11th place.
With tight racing and a fast No. 24 Qore-24 Silverado, Dillon was able to move back into the top 10 on lap 113 and in the closing laps, was able to gain several more spots to finish seventh in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225. The finish marked the Qore-24 team’s best finish this season.
Austin Dillon Post Race Thoughts:
“I would like to thank NTS Motorsports for the opportunity to race at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend. The Qore-24 truck was very fast all day and I was happy to work with a Crew Chief like Eddie Pardue. Our seventh-place finish was good for the team, but with some more track position and one more adjustment, I know we would have been fighting for NTS Motorsports’ first win. Best wishes to Brennan Newberry on a quick recovery.”
Start: 10th Finish: 7th Drivers’ Points Standing: N/A Owners’ Points Standing: 21st
Ron Hornaday Finishes 13th at Chicagoland Speedway; 12th Top-15 Finish this Season
Aiming to continue his strong success at Chicagoland Speedway, Ron Hornaday and the No. 9 Anderson’s Maple Syrup/Jewel-Osco Chevrolet Silverado team qualified in the 17th position for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225.
Remaining quiet on the radio early in the 150-lap event and focused on the front of the field, Hornaday moved in to the 11th position on lap 30 on his way to the top 10. Continuing to run fast laps, Hornaday reported to crew chief Bruce Cook that he was fighting a tight-handling truck.
The race slowed for a caution on lap 47 and the team opted for a routine stop sending Hornaday back to the track in the 12th position.
Quickly moving into the top 10, Hornaday found himself in a close battle with teammate Austin Dillon in the No. 24 Qore-24 Chevrolet Silverado on lap 55 while looking to take over the ninth position. Making progress on the top 10, Hornaday took over eighth on lap 61 before the caution was again displayed on lap 67. The team called Horanday to pit road from the ninth spot for fuel only and he restarted the race on lap 72 from 10th. As soon as the race was restarted, it was quickly slowed for a caution on lap 74. Hornaday opted to stay out and restarted the race on lap 81 from 12th.
Struggling to advance in the field, Hornaday found himself shuffling between the 11th and 12th positions when the final caution flag waved on lap 99. Cook called Hornaday to pit road for his final stop of four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 107 with Hornaday running 12th.
Slipping to 16th on lap 113, Hornaday returned to the top 15 on lap 120 and found himself searching for track position over the final laps of the 150-lap event. Gaining several spots, Hornaday crossed the finish line in the 13th position and recorded his 12th top-15 finish of the season with 16 races complete in the 2013 season.
“The Anderson’s Maple Syrup and Jewel-Osco truck was the best I’ve had all season. Chicagoland Speedway is a track that I’ve wanted to win at for a long time, so our 13th-place finish is not what we wanted. We know what we need to do for the next race and we will be back stronger at Las Vegas.”
Start: 17th Finish: 13th Driver Points Standing: 11th Owner Points Standing: 10th
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