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Austin Dillon

Team: Richard Childress Racing-3
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9 / 185

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The longest race of the season came down to a fuel mileage gamble: Austin Dillon scored his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coke 600 by stretching his fuel.
Dillon inherited the lead when Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas with two laps remaining. The No. 3 ran out of gas while Dillon was trying to do a burnout on the frontstretch. Dillon joins David Pearson, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and several other illustrious drivers who got their first win on this track. May 29 - 12:29 AM

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In addition to driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Hisense 4k TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) on Saturday.

In eight NXS starts at CMS, the Welcome, NC native has acquired an average starting position of 3.1 and an average finish position of 6.4, leading 228 laps. Randall Burnett, who previously served as a crew chief for RCR's technical partner JTG Daugherty Racing, will assume a new role as crew chief of the No. 2 Chevrolet in the NXS beginning this weekend.-Richard Childress Racing
May 23 - 8:29 PM

Justin Alexander, who has served as the crew chief of the No. 2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and earned two wins last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will assume crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 Chevrolet SS team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Austin Dillon.

Prior to RCR, Alexander served in various engineering roles with Hendrick Motorsports. Alexander's first race in his new role will be for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, replacing Richard "Slugger" Labbe. Labbe is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.-RCR
May 22 - 1:34 PM

Austin Dillon has scored top-15 finishes in six of his last seven restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. His only stumble came this spring at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon finished 19th after starting 10th and with the nine lost place-differential points, he was not a particularly good value. He should earn much better this week in the Geico 500.
May 6 - 1:13 PM

Austin Dillon improved his performance at Richmond International Raceway last year immensely with a pair two top-20s.

That was the first two times he finished on the lead lap in six starts. Previously, he had one top-20 in 2014 and three 27th-place finishes. That consistency gave this team something on which to build and helped him earn last year’s strong results.
Apr 28 - 4:17 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Toyota Owners 400, Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Int'l Raceway (RIR) on Saturday.

Dillon has made nine NASCAR XFINITY Series appearances at Richmond International Raceway, earning six top-10 finishes, one pole award and leading 65 laps. According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon ranks second in the "Closers" category in the NXS at Richmond. -Richard Childress Racing
Apr 26 - 11:20 AM

Austin Dillon has scored four top-15s in six Bristol Motor Speedway starts during his career.

Last year was a seesaw at Bristol, however; Dillon finished 26th in the spring and then earned a career-best fourth in the summer. Given his overall strong performance on this track and the fact that he is moderately priced in salary cap games, he should be considered a good value.
Apr 21 - 1:18 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series Food City 500, Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Saturday.

In seven NXS starts at BMS, Dillon has earned one race win, four top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has completed 99.8 percent of the laps he has attempted in NXS competition at Bristol. According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon ranks second in the Closers category in the NXS at BMS.-Richard Childress Racing
Apr 18 - 7:41 PM

Austin Dillon has been snake bitten on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks recently. His last three efforts on them and four of the last five ended in results of 25th or worse.

Dillon is more than capable of running well on this track type. He finished sixth in last fall’s Kansas Speedway race. Seven of the eight races previous to his bad streak ended in results of 16th or better, but it is difficult to trust Dillon until his luck turns around.
Apr 8 - 3:23 AM

In addition to driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 2 RUDD Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on Saturday.

In nine NXS starts at TMS, Dillon has not finished worse than eighth at the 1.5-mile track, acquiring his best finish of third in April 2013 and November 2015 (pole-sitter). According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon ranks third in the closers category in the NXS at TMS. His RCR teammate Paul Menard leads the category in NXS competition at TMS.-Richard Childress Racing
Apr 5 - 1:34 PM

Austin Dillon finished fifth in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which was his first top-five in his last 18 attempts.

Notably, Dillon’s most recent top-five before this race came at Bristol Motor Speedway last August. That makes him a driver to watch in a few weeks when the series rolls back onto the high-banked half-miler.
Apr 2 - 6:30 PM

Austin Dillon has made six starts at Martinsville and finished in the top 20 five times.

All of those top-20s also featured positive place-differentials, which made him twice as attractive in games that offer points for that. Dillon will have a good chance to add to that record this week because he rolls off the grid 20th as the STP 500 lineup is set by points.
Mar 31 - 9:47 PM

Austin Dillon’s finishes on two-mile tracks have run the gamut from top-10s to 30th, but he has been mostly strong on them.

Dillon has a best of fourth at Michigan International Speedway in 2015 and another top-10 there in 2016. His best Auto Club Speedway finish is 11th in 2014. Most of his efforts on this track type have been in the teens, and he has an average of .667 in regard to top-20s.
Mar 23 - 1:18 AM

Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, and David Ragan were each penalized 15 minutes in the first Saturday practice session for the Camping World 500 after taking too many times through inspection for qualification.

Practice two is relatively short and this was more than 25 percent of the session, but it is much cooler than the drivers will face on Sunday. Final practice will be more representative of a how they will fare in race trim.
Mar 18 - 12:20 PM

Austin Dillon lacks the consistency needed to handicap him accurately at Phoenix International Raceway with one top-10, one more top-15, and a top-20 in six starts. His other three efforts were 24th or worse.

Dillon has been running at the end of all six races, but his worst results were marred by crash damage last fall and a tire problem in 2014. With so many consistent choices this week, it will be advisable to wait until next week at Auto Club Speedway to start him.
Mar 16 - 1:14 AM