NASCAR XFINITY Series - Chicagoland 300
June 20, 2015 - Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.
Inclement weather forced the running of the 200-lap NASCAR XFINITY Series event to Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Dillon led the field to the green flag in the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro after qualifying in the top spot on Saturday afternoon. After the green-flag waved, Dillon led the majority of the first segment of the race but reported he was fighting a loose-handling condition primarily on both ends of the mile-and-a-half race track. Crew chief Nick Harrison remedied the condition during the NASCAR-mandated competition caution on lap 25 with four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Dillon restarted in the point position at lap 31, but fell back a few spots still fighting a loose racecar. A number of caution flags were displayed throughout the middle portion of the race with Harrison calling the Rheem Chevy to pit road each time for a variety of adjustments including track bar, wedge and pulling spring rubbers. With 50 to go, the caution once again fell and, amidst a bit of confusion, Dillon came down for what would be his final pit stop of the day. Unfortunately the Rheem Chevy, along with 21 other racecars, was caught for pitting too early and was forced to start at the rear of the lead-lap cars. As the final laps ensued, Dillon raced his way in and around the top five ultimately crossing the line in third place. That finish bumped the No. 33 Rheem team up three spots to third in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Owners' championship point standings.
The Rheem Chevy was good today, but we fought it on the loose side a good chunk of the race. I struggled getting going on restarts but the car would come to me on longer runs. We definitely had the speed, but just couldn't get the track position in the back half of the race that we needed. I look forward to hopping back in this car in Daytona in a couple of weeks. - Austin Dillon
Start - 1, Finish - 3, Laps Led - 28, Owner's Points - 3