NASCAR XFINITY Series - Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
July 4, 2015 - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 155 in the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet Camaro is new for the 2015 season and was previously driven by Ty Dillon at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season where he earned third and eighth-place finishes, respectively.
The Welcome, N.C. native driver has made five NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the 2.5-mile track, collecting four top-five and four top-10 finishes. Dillon holds an average starting position of 10.8 and an average finishing position of 7.8 with 14 laps led.
Danny Stockman now assumes the role of crew chief for the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet team beginning this weekend at Daytona. The move reunites Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska with Dillon. The trio won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and XFINITY Series championship together in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
So far this season, the No. 33 team has accumulated impressive stats with Dillon, Paul Menard and Brandon Jones. In 14 races, the RCR team has garnered two wins, five pole awards, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes with 402 laps led.
According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon holds some notable stats so far in the 2015 season. The 25-year-old driver ranks first in the following categories: driver rating, drivers fastest late in a run, fastest laps run (261), fastest driver on restarts, green-flag speed and speed by quarter. Dillon is second amongst his competitors in drivers fastest early in a run, laps led (397), average running position, speed in traffic and mile leaders (586).
So far this season, Dillon has been entered in 11 XFINITY Series events, collecting two victories, eight top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and five pole awards. Dillon has led a total of 397 laps with an average starting position of 4.0 coupled with an average finishing position of 7.9.
How much can you bring over from the NASCAR XFINITY Series to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?
Confidence is probably the biggest thing that I can bring over from the XFINITY car to the Cup car. Our Cup car has gotten a lot better over the last couple of weeks. We've been more consistent with qualifying and making it into the third round. We haven't earned the finishes we should be getting, but I think our consistency will pay off and the finishes will come. - Austin Dillon
Coverage for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway will begin with both practice sessions on Friday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Qualifying will also be showcased live on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, July 4, at 2:35 p.m. and race coverage will begin at 7:45 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. It will also be broadcast live on MRN and SiriusXM channel 90.