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Austin Dillon

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

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Austin Dillon sustained crash damage in two of the last three races leading up to the FireKeepers Casino 400 to finish in the 30s. He rallied slightly at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but earned only a 12th that weekend. At Michigan, Dillon scored his first top-10 in more than a month.
Dillon is still situated high in the points, but he cannot afford to lose too much ground. More importantly: from a fantasy perspective, he needs to show more reliability to be a great value. Jun 12 - 7:02 PM

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An accident at Dover International Speedway put an end to a two-race, top-10 streak for Austin Dillon. He finished third at Talladega SuperSpeedway and sixth at Kansas Speedway to make it appear he was starting to get some momentum.

Another two-race, top-10 steak at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway ended with a 24th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway but he showed promise along the way after scoring the pole for that 400-miler.
May 25 - 8:22 PM

Dover is the site of Austin Dillon’s third-worst career average finish with a 25.4 five starts. Worse still, on average he loses a little more than seven positions per race from his starting position.

If that trend holds, Dillon would be expected to finish just inside the top 20 after rolling off the grid 12th. But the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet has defied his traditional record on most tracks this and should be able to score a top-15.
May 14 - 12:58 PM

Austin Dillon finished sixth at Kansas Speedway in the 400. This came on the heels of a third at Talladega and marks the second time this season that he earned back-to-back top-10s.

That is significant because prior to this season, he had never backed up one top-10 with another. Dillon was in danger of losing his momentum, but fantasy owners can begin trusting the No. 3 again.
May 8 - 12:00 AM

Austin Dillon entered Texas Motor Speedway this April with four consecutive top-15 results on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He sustained crash damage and finished 19th in the Duck Commander 500—two laps off the pace.

Dillon’s strong finish last week in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway will help regain some of the momentum he has lost in recent weeks and unless something unforeseen happens, he should be one of this week’s favorites to finish in the top 15 once again.
May 2 - 7:48 PM

Austin Dillon was one of 33 drivers impacted by some form of crash damage in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but after getting a Free Pass, he drafted to third on the final lap and finished there. He lost one place-differential point after starting on the outside of the front row.

This was Dillon’s first top-10 at Talladega, but he was still considered a favorite because he has three top-15s in the previous six attempts.
May 1 - 5:24 PM

Austin Dillon posted the fastest single lap in the first round of qualification for the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His top speed of 192.796 mph narrowly outpaced freshman Chase Elliott.

Dillon has a natural rivalry with Kyle Larson since they battled for Rookie of the Year in 2014, but both Dillon and Elliott are regularly competing at the front of the pack so they should be watched in competition with one another.
Apr 30 - 1:43 PM

Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon (#3 Chevrolet SS) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The lap of 134.128 mph in the #2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 39 cars completing laps in this session. #42 Kyle Larson, #33 Brandon Jones, #62 Brendan Gaughan and #18 Kyle Busch are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Derrike Cope in the #70 Camaro was the slowest.
Apr 15 - 2:27 PM

Austin Dillon got loose off the air of Denny Hamlin’s front bumper with about 50 laps remaining in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He was battling for a top-10 at the time, but finished 19th with crash damage.

A pit mistake cost Dillon a top-10 at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago, but he immediately rebounded. This team currently sits 10th in the points and has some challenges to face in order to see just how strong they will ultimately be. Given their salary cap levels, they are good gambles, however.
Apr 10 - 11:49 AM

Austin Dillon had the quickest 10-lap average in final practice with a speed of 184.633 mph during his first 10 laps on track.

Fresh tires made a difference in who ran well in this session since everyone ran their fastest laps at the beginning of the session. Dillon has a ton of momentum this year, however, and should be considered a top contender.
Apr 8 - 9:59 PM

Austin Dillon got into several shoving matches with teammate Paul Menard as they battled inside the top 10; this raised his ire and intensified his focus. Dillon prevailed and finished fourth in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway—four spots ahead of the No. 27.

Martinsville has not been one of Dillon’s best tracks and he was one of four drivers in the top four who exceeded or matched their career-best finishes on this track. This was a great chance for fantasy owners to see if Dillon could rebound from a pit stop malady last week that cost him a top-10. He passed the test with high marks.
Apr 3 - 5:15 PM

Last week, Austin Dillon won the pole for the Auto Club 400. This week, he fell all the way to 29th on the STP 500 grid at Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville has not been the best track for this third-year driver. His best qualification effort of 19th in fall 2014 ended in a result of 12th. He tends to work better in race trim, however, and three of his four races show him finishing better than he started. The only time he stumbled was last spring when he had an electrical failure that sent him home 41st.
Apr 1 - 6:09 PM

Austin Dillon entered last week’s Auto Club 400 with a sweep of the top-11 positions and would have extended that if not for a broken pit gun. Still, his average position of 11.6 puts him seventh on the chart ahead of several marquee names.

Dillon’s ability to rebound will be tested at Martinsville Speedway and it is not a given that this team and driver have the ability to bounce back completely. His pre-weekend handicap is going to be a coin toss, but his accomplishment to date has to be noted.
Mar 25 - 4:29 PM

A broken pit gun on the left rear of the No. 3 cost Austin Dillon a shot at the top 10 on the final stop of the Auto Club 400. He entered pit road in 11th and exited 25th.

In heavy traffic, Dillon picked up only one spot before the checkers and finished 24th. That cost his fantasy owners 23 place-differential points after he started on the pole, but this team is still one of the best values in most fantasy games.
Mar 20 - 10:50 PM

Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon wins the 300 by Janssen, his seventh victory in 102 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is the #2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and fourth top-10 NXS finish in 2016. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four NXS races at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 17 NXS races at ACS. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2016. Darrell Wallace Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Fontana. Brandon Jones (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie. Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 10 points over Elliott
Mar 19 - 7:54 PM