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Austin Dillon

Team: Richard Childress Racing-3
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/27/1990

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Austin Dillon finished ninth in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but it did not give him quite enough points to get into round three of the Chase.
Dillon ended round two tied in the points with Denny Hamlin. In the event of a tie, the highest finish in the current round is used to break it and Hamlin’s third-place finish Sunday afternoon was enough to allow him to advance. This was Dillon’s sixth consecutive top-15 on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway and the 11th time in the past 12 races on this track type that he finished this well. Oct 23 - 9:05 PM

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Austin Dillon enters the Hellmann's 500 with five consecutive top-15s, of which three are top-10s.

Dillon’s best result in that span came at Talladega SuperSpeedway this May; he finished third after starting on the outside pole. Last July he also qualified second at Daytona, so there is the potential that he could earn a qualification bonus in games that offer them.
Oct 20 - 1:37 PM

Austin Dillon finished sixth in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting the day 12th.

Dillon gambled on a two-tire pit stop late in the Bank of America 500 to gain track position. Last week, he tried to employ the same strategy and got turned in front of the pack. This week, the ploy elevated him to the top spot and he was able to make some different choices that contributed to his top-10. This was his third top-10 in the past eight weeks.
Oct 16 - 7:16 PM

In a six-race career at Kansas Speedway, Austin Dillon has alternated two sub-15th-place finishes with a top-10.

If the pattern repeats, Dillon is due for a disappointing finish this weekend because his latest result this May was a sixth after starting 17th. Dillon was one of five Chase contenders last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway who finished 30th or worse and cannot afford to struggle.
Oct 13 - 11:00 PM

Besides driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Holiday Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Austin Dillon will pilot the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas on Saturday.

In three previous NXS starts at Kansas, Dillon has recorded one pole award, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He holds an average starting position of 4.0, coupled with an average finishing position of 8.0. With 29 NXS events complete in 2016, the No. 2 team has three victories, three pole awards, 16 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, with 115 laps led to their credit. Austin Dillon is scheduled to pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet for the remaining races in 2016.-RCR
Oct 11 - 9:17 PM

Besides driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at CMS on Friday night.

In seven previous NXS starts at CMS, Dillon has recorded two victories, sweeping both races in 2015. The Welcome, North Carolina native has three pole awards, four top-five and five top-10 finishes to his credit. He holds an average starting position of 2.1, coupled with an average finishing position of 5.3.-Richard Childress Racing
Oct 4 - 4:36 PM

Austin Dillon survived his third-worst track last week with an eighth-place finish at Dover International Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway is his second-best course with an average finish of 12.8 in five starts.

Last week’s eighth advanced him into the second round of the Chase. Dillon has been solid on this track type all year. In seven starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, he has five top-15s and a 16th. Dillon was 12th in May’s Coke 600 at Charlotte. His best effort ended in a fifth at Vegas.
Oct 3 - 9:47 PM

Austin Dillon entered the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway five points outside of the top 12. He finished eighth, which advanced him to 11th in the points and into the second round of the Chase.

Dillon watched as his two principal rivals had trouble, but his top-10 would have put pressure on Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson nevertheless. Now that he has cleared the first hurdle, the team needs to improve their unrestricted, intermediate speedway package to earn top-10s at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway and give them as much breathing room as possible for Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Oct 2 - 6:50 PM

The XFINITY Series Dover race postponement (to Sunday at 10:00 am) -- due to weather -- left teams scrambling to assemble its lineups Saturday afternoon with playoff chances on the line.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon were expected to perform double-duty, but with both races now on Sunday, teams had to reassemble its lineups so the trio could focus on their main event -- the first elimination race in the Chase. Drew Herring will now wheel the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Busch, while Ryan Blaney will sit behind Team Penske's No. 22 Ford for Logano and Regan Smith is set to replace Dillon in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Busch enters the Sprint Cup Citizen Soldier 400 fourth on the Chase Grid and, just a few spots behind, sits Logano in sixth. Dillon is currently 14th, five points below the
Oct 1 - 7:39 PM

In terms of average finishes, Dover International Speedway is Austin Dillon’s second-worst track with a 26.7 in six starts.

Dillon is five points behind the cutoff bubble and needs a much better result than he has ever experienced at Dover. He was 20th in June 2014, which is one of three top-25s. One piece of good news is that Dillon has been running at the end of every Dover race he entered.
Sep 30 - 10:53 AM

Austin Dillon finished 16th in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but he is going to need a top-10 and some help to advance to round two of the 2016 Chase.

Dillon is only five points behind Kyle Larson in 12th, but he needs a solid top-10 to overtake his competition. Dillon has not finished better than 12th in his last five attempts. His average finish of 14.2 in that span of races makes him a decent salary cap play in most games, however.
Sep 27 - 6:09 PM

Chase contenders Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire. Dillon will line up 29th with a lap of 132.595 mph. Buescher will start 28th at 132.618 mph.

Buescher is in the bottom four in points among Chase contenders. Dillon is on the bubble with a one-point advantage. Both drivers have two more practice sessions to dial in their cars, but this is a blow to the championship hopes.
Sep 23 - 5:14 PM

Austin Dillon crashed in New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s first practice for the Bad Boy Off Road 300. He got into turn one too hot and spun into the retaining wall.

Dillon will be forced into a backup car. He did not do any damage to the front of his car and should be able to change the engine and keep his qualification position. He will not have any laps on this car, however, and time trials are liable to be challenging. Dillon is just outside the playoff cut and cannot afford to have a bad day.
Sep 23 - 12:54 PM

Austin Dillon finished 14th in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland. That was the 11th consecutive oval track race in which he finished 16th or better with most of his efforts landing in a narrow range of seventh through 16th.

Consistency got him into the Chase, but it is going to be difficult to maintain his spot without top-10s. Dillon is part of the scrum for 12th in the standings and currently sits only one point behind 12th-place Tony Stewart.
Sep 23 - 9:42 AM

Austin Dillon finished the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 14th after starting 15th. He actually improved two spots in the Chase seeding, but is one marker out of 12th.

Seven of the Chase contenders finished between 11th and 18th, which does not allow for any mistakes. As a result, only six points separate 15th in the standings from ninth and a similar race should be expected next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That is going to put a lot of pressure on drivers at Dover International Speedway in two weeks.
Sep 19 - 12:18 PM