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Austin Dillon

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

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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

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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

Austin Dillon had a solid showing in regard to 10-lap averages in practice for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. He posted the third-quickest time Friday and the fourth-quickest Saturday morning.

Only 10 drivers went at least 10 laps on Friday; 18 went that far on Saturday morning, so Dillon could be looking at a result in the high single digits or low-teens. That makes him a good value if he fits a particular niche on one’s roster.
Sep 17 - 8:57 PM

Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for Austin Dillon at Richmond International Raceway. His 13th-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 after starting eighth was good enough to allow him to end the regular season with sufficient points to earn a Chase berth.

When Paul Menard retired to an accident on lap 264 and Ryan Newman sustained heavy crash damage on lap 364, Dillon was the only hope for Richard Childress Racing to make the Chase. He had to wait until after the final caution and survive a green-white-checkered attempt to secure his spot, however, because Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne had a shot at winning to become a 14th unique winner that would have moved the playoff cutline.
Sep 11 - 4:13 PM

Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet SS), driving the No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet Camaro, won the Coors Light Pole Award for tonight's Virginia529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 119.665 mph.

This is his 17th pole in 112 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his first pole and 13th top-10 NXS start in 2016 and his first pole in nine NXS races at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Alex Bowman (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at RIR. Justin Allgaier (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at RIR and his 16th in 25 races this season. Erik Jones (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Sep 9 - 5:57 PM

With only three races remaining, it is now a certainty that at least one driver will make the Chase on points. Austin Dillon had the best day at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race among the winless contenders within striking distance and built a 55-point advantage over the cutline.

That is assuming, of course, that there are no more unique winners in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season to move the bubble. Dillon has an eight-point advantage over Chase Elliott, 13 over Jamie McMurray, and 20 ahead of Ryan Newman. He is safer than those drivers and that will impact how he runs the next three events. Look for cautious aggression and consistent top-15s.
Aug 21 - 8:38 PM

Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet SS) won the Food City 300, his eighth victory in 111 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

Driving the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro, it was his second NXS victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2016. This is Dillon's first victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven NXS races at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Justin Allgaier (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at BMS and his 18th top-10 finish in 2016. Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven NXS races at BMS. Brandon Jones (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie. Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 51 points over Daniel Suarez.
Aug 19 - 10:34 PM

Austin Dillon has scored only two short track top-10s in his 15-race career on this course type. One of these came at Bristol Motor Speedway last spring, however, when he crossed under the checker 10th.

Dillon needs to contend for top-10s in order to protect his position in the points. Bristol, and later this season Darlington Raceway, are going to be dangerous events for anyone on the cusp of Chase contention. Dillon already has two sub-25th-place results on this bullring.
Aug 18 - 5:12 PM

Besides driving his regular No. 3 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol, Austin Dillon will take his turn in the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro for Friday night's XFINITY Series Food City 300.

In six previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Bristol, Dillon has recorded three top-five finishes. He holds an average starting position of 4.3, coupled with an average finishing position of 8.3.
Aug 16 - 12:35 PM

Austin Dillon’s 2016 season has looked a little bit like a bell curve. His first six races featured four top-10s and an 11th. His next eight provided only two top-10s and another top-15. His last eight have showcased resurgent results with three top-10s and two top-15s.

That has not been quite good enough to keep him off the hot seat. An accident at Watkins Glen last week has put him firmly in the points’ battle for the final position in the Chase and there is still a mathematical chance that the playoffs will be made up completely of winners.
Aug 14 - 6:19 PM

Austin Dillon struggled in practice for the Cheez-it 355 at Watkins Glen International. He had a battery issue in the first session and a leakin practice two—limiting his practice time and speed.

With about an hour to go in final practice, Dillon was 28th on the speed chart. As one of the bubble-boys currently qualified for the race on points, he needs to exorcise these problems before the race. He is not one of the pre-qualification favorites to finish in the top 15.
Aug 5 - 3:41 PM

Austin Dillon posted the second-quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. His 10-lap average of 174.442 mph was set from laps 24 through 33.

Dillon had only the 11th-fastest single lap. He qualified 12th. It is likely he will get mired in traffic early, but should be able to record a top-10 finish unless something goes wrong.
Jul 30 - 2:30 PM