NASCAR XFINITY Series - DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans
November 14, 2015 - Phoenix International Raceway - Avondale, AZ
Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 145 in the DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway. Dillon drove this Richard Childress Racing-prepared Chevrolet on two occasions this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and Richmond International Raceway where he finished second and ninth, respectively.
The Welcome, N.C., native has six previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the one-mile track, collecting three top-five and five top-10 finishes. Dillon is credited with an average starting position of 10.0 and average finishing position of 9.5 with four laps led. In his last five starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Dillon has earned a top-nine starting position and finished within the top-six of the running order.
So far this season, the No. 33 team has accumulated some impressive stats with Dillon, Paul Menard and Brandon Jones behind the wheel. In 31 races, the RCR team has garnered five wins, six pole awards, 16 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes with 568 laps led.
Dillon was credited with the pole position following cancellation of qualifying on Saturday morning due to wet track conditions. After visiting pit road for a potential flat tire on lap 76, Dillon fell one lap down to the leaders, but a timely caution allowed the No. 33 Rheem team to take the wave around on the following lap. Restarting 18th, the RCR driver climbed his way back into the top five and resumed the race lead with less than 40 laps to go. Dillon battled three-wide for the lead on the final restart and slipped to third where he crossed the finish line.
In the spring edition of the race at Phoenix International Raceway, Dillon qualified the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet in the fifth position and recorded a fourth-place result after leading four laps.
According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon holds some notable stats in the 2015 season. The 25-year-old driver ranks first in the following categories: drivers fastest late in a run, fastest driver on restart and green-flag speed.Dillon is second among his competitors in drivers fastest early in a run,fastest laps run (366 laps)and mile leaders.He also ranks fourth in laps led (528 laps).
So far this season, Dillon has been entered in 18 XFINITY Series events, collecting four victories, 12 top-five finishes, 15 top-10 finishes and six pole awards. Dillon has led a total of 528 laps with an average starting position of 4.5 coupled with an average finishing position of 6.9.
Following this weekend's 200-lap event at Phoenix International Raceway, Dillon is scheduled to compete in the No. 33 Chevrolet for the season finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Can you compare Phoenix to any other track on the schedule?
No, Phoenix is a unique animal. It's very different from any of the other tracks I've been to before. I don't exactly know what to expect. I think it will be extremely challenging. - Austin Dillon
Coverage of this weekend's XFINITY DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway will be televised live on Saturday, November 14, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network. It will also be broadcast live on Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.