The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet sported a green paint scheme on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, but the car was running like a certain black No. 3 of old.
In his strongest run of the season, Austin Dillon had the No. 3 solidly in fifth place and was chasing reigning series champion Kevin Harvick for fourth on Lap 155 of the Hollywood Casino 400.
But Dillon’s day came to a thudding end when the right front tire blew and sent the car hard into the Turn 2 wall.
“Man, what a bummer!” Dillon said. “I guess we just cut a right front tire. I don’t know if I ran over something, or what. It showed a little heat the second run but not that much.
“We’re carrying a lot of speed around the top of the track, and just cut a tire. If we bring another car like this one to the racetrack this year, we’ll end up with a win.”