Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hard work paying off for Austin Dillon's team heading to Martinsville

Austin Dillon is 60/1 to win at Martinsville.
This Week’s Dow Chevrolet SS at Martinsville Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 489 in the Martinsville 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Dillon at Martinsville Speedway …In four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway, Dillon’s best finish is 12th in October 2014. He made four appearances at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, earning his best finish of third in October 2011.

Year 3 on the No. 3 … Returning primary sponsor of the No.3 Chevrolet SS, Dow enters its third season with RCR and driver Austin Dillon. Together, both teams embrace the power of science, technology and safety as RCR tests Dow products under the most strenuous conditions. Dow also drives innovation to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems, bringing a broad range of sustainable products and solutions to customers in nearly 180 countries with more than 6,000 product families manufactured across the globe. More information about Dow can be found at dow.com


You and the No. 3 team have had a great start to the season. To what do you contribute your successes?

“I think our hard work has been paying off. We’ve been working well together as a group. As a team we’re just not taking no for an answer. We’re working hard and not giving up on anything. We’re not cutting any corners and not just settling. We want to do better and we push each weekend.”

Do you feel like you grew up at Martinsville Speedway since it is so close to home for you?
“I remember driving up with my dad and my grandfather certain days to watch the race. I remember just sitting and watching the races. It’s right in our backyard, proximity-wise to RCR, so it’s not a far drive. I drive up to Martinsville Speedway now every day for race weekend so it’s nice to be able to sleep in your own bed. It’s a fun track and I enjoy going there.”

You haven’t qualified all that well at Martinsville Speedway but you’ve raced very well there. Why is that?
“I’m not sure. I just have not figured out how to go fast for just one lap at Martinsville Speedway. My cars seem to hang on pretty well there. Last year we got in there, we banged around and we did our job. I would love to qualify a little better because that really makes your race a lot easier moving forward. We’ll focus a lot going into qualifying so that we can try to get a better starting position and then if we can do that, we race consistently there so hopefully we can keep it up front and run well.”

Will the low downforce package be a factor at all at Martinsville Speedway?
“I think for RCR the low downforce package was a contributing factor at the only other short track we’ve raced at so far this season, Phoenix International Raceway. At Martinsville Speedway the braking might turn into more of an issue than it was last year. You don’t have the spoiler that you had and anytime you have that spoiler sticking in the air it slows you down so I think the low downforce package will make it so that we are a little bit harder on brakes this year at Martinsville Speedway.”

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