NASCAR XFINITY Series - Richmond 250
April 23, 2016 - Richmond International Raceway - Richmond, VA
Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 177 in the Richmond 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This is the same chassis Dillon drove to Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway in March.
In seven previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Dillon has earned four top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 9.4 coupled with an average finishing position of 15th.
Like RCR, Ruud is a pioneer in reliable performance. In 1889, Edwin Ruud invented the first automatic gas water heater and since then, the Ruud brand has grown into one of North America's largest and most respected makers of quality heating, cooling and water heating products for residential and light commercial use. The Ruud reputation for engineering excellence, reliability, strength and top performance has been consistently recognized by leading consumer publications as a brand that can be trusted to deliver efficient, reliable performance day in and day out. Today, the proud performance histories of Ruud and RCR come together to serve as the cornerstones of future championship performance of two great brands, Austin Dillon and the No. 2 RCR-Ruud XFINITY Series team.
With seven XFINITY Series events complete in 2016, the No. 2 team has one victory, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes with six laps led to their credit. Dillon returns to the driver's seat of the No. 2 Chevrolet next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Richmond International Raceway is a short track but it seems like it has more of an intermediate-track type of feel. Can you describe the racing there? Does it feel like a short track to you?
It's probably one of the biggest short tracks we go to because the restarts are so intense and you can really mess up a guy getting into the corner there if you duck under him and put him into a bad spot. It's a place where you have to be aggressive and then have a car that holds on late because that guy that you were aggressive to at the beginning, will come back and get you later in the run. A fast car makes everything easier for sure, and if you've got that you don't have to worry much about Richmond. It's a place that brings the competition really tight together. - Austin Dillon