That equates to one position on the race track – and the difference in their finishes at the 0.525-mile track earlier this spring. Dillon finished second in his first trip to the southern Virginia track. Buescher was third.
Dillon qualified second to Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, who took the outside lane on restarts thus sparing the rookie from having to battle for the bottom groove. “The plan was to get our trucks out front and it worked out pretty well,” said Dillon, whose No. 3 Chevrolet headed the only two laps that Harvick didn’t lead.
Buescher, who drives Turner Motorsports’ No. 31 Chevrolet, improved on a 10th-place finish in last year’s Kroger 200.
Dillon and Buescher shouldn’t get too comfortable racing each other. Timothy Peters, 26 points out of the lead, is a former Martinsville winner (2009). He led every lap at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and also claimed avictory earlier this summer at Iowa Speedway. Peters finished fifth in Martinsville’s spring race.
“It always gives me confidence going back there knowing that I was able to check the win box off my first time there,” said Peters, driver of the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota. Peters’ teammate, Parker Kligerman, enters this week’s race in fourth place with RCR’s Joey Coulter fifth.