Despite leading for a large portion of the 100-lap affair, Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team finished sixth in the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season at Daytona International Speedway. The Richard Childress Racing team started the night from the fifth position and jumped to the lead on lap seven. Dillon led for the next 56 circuits around the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Crew chief Marcus Richmond utilized routine two-tire pit stops to maintain track position, until the final pit stop of the night on lap 64 when the Welcome, N.C.-based team took fuel only. With multiple other teams opting to stay on the racing surface, Dillon lined up in the seventh position for the ensuing restart. Using the draft, the 20-year-old driver maintained a position within the top 10. With five laps remaining, Dillon maneuvered his way to fourth and began making a charge to the front of the pack, when an incident on the final lap broke out behind him bringing out the yellow flag. The caution froze the field, leaving Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team with a sixth-place finish.
Start - 5 | Finish - 6 | Laps Led - 56 | Points - 4
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"Overall, I'm happy with our finish tonight. To be able to leave Daytona (International Speedway) with your truck all in one piece is always a good night. The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team worked hard this week getting the truck ready for the race. We were fast and led a lot of laps. We're putting the right foot forward and starting off the season right."