Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dillon won for the second-straight season in 2018, and it was a big one. The Richard Childress Racing driver fought off the best in the sport and won last season's Daytona 500. Add that alongside his 2017 victory in the Coca-Cola 600, and Dillon has won two of the more prestigious races of the last two seasons. Still, the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet's Top-10 totals was only modestly better last season with eight total. It's that week-to-week consistency that Dillon at the No. 3 team are desperately searching for at this point. He and crew chief, Justin Alexander, have been together long enough that they're now showing those signs. Dillon had a great stretch run of four Top-10 and seven Top-15 finishes during the Chase. Each week it seemed like the No. 3 Chevrolet was finishing in that seventh- to 11th-place range. That's the kind of late-season momentum we love to see heading into the this season. Dillon could pop big in 2019 and post a career-best season in terms of Top 5s, Top 10s and points finish. Read Past Outlooks
Sixth-Place at Richmond
NASCAR Cup
April 15, 2019
Dillon earned a sixth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway Saturday night.
ANALYSIS
It was a strong short track performance for Dillon and the No. 3 team. The RCR veteran had an average running position of ninth-place for the 400-lap event. Dillon also spent 395 laps racing inside the Top 15, so he stayed up front the entire evening at the Richmond oval. It was one of the best cars the No. 3 Chevrolet team has brought to the track thus far this season. Dillon will ride the momentum of this performance, his second Top-10 finish of the season, into the off week.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While Dillon grabbed his first-career victory (Charlotte) in 2017, and he made the Chase for the Cup field, it still wasn't the campaign the No. 3 team quite expected. With just four Top-10 finishes, Dillon somehow managed to finish 11th in the final driver standings. That was due in large part to the Chase format and how it rewards wins. From a consistency standpoint, last season failed to measure up in many respects. Dillon will look to hit the reset button in the upcoming season. He'll once again be paired with Justin Alexander as crew chief and the team will look to find more consistency and more Top-10 finishes in the upcoming season. With the series becoming younger and even more competitive, it will be difficult for Dillon to recover the level of performance that he had in 2016.
While the No. 3 RCR team isn't exactly where they'd like to be, they still made some dramatic improvements last season. Dillon posted career-best marks with four Top-5 and 13 Top-10 finishes and he enjoyed his first appearance in the Chase for the Cup. Dillon wound up 14th in the final driver standings, but that will only make him hungrier to push higher in the upcoming season. He and crew chief Slugger Labbe have figured a lot of things out, but still have a way to go before Dillon can be mentioned among the Top 10 drivers in the Monster Energy Cup Series. We expect some marginal improvement from the No. 3 team in 2017, and even perhaps one of the those near-miss flirtations with victory lane could materialize into career-victory No. 1 for Dillon. We expect another berth in the Chase and maybe a couple more Top 10s for Dillon this season.
The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet made some steps in 2015, but barely enough to be discernable from his rookie season. Dillon claimed five top 10s en route to a 21st-place finish in the final driver standings. His 39-laps led were a slight improvement over 2014, but it was his average starting position that really improved. The young RCR driver improved his qualifying to a 17.0 average starting spot. There's good reason to believe Dillon could take some pretty big steps in 2016. Slugger Labbe took over as crew chief mid-season last year, and has earned a three-year extension to stay. With 85 Sprint Cup starts under his belt, Dillon could be ready to make some significant steps in the upcoming season.
Dillon and his RCR No. 3 Chevy team will return for a second season of racing in the Nationwide Series. As a rookie Dillon finished a surprising third in the final driver standings with two victories and 27 Top-10 finishes. The youngster is just getting started. Dillon should up the ante in 2013 and throw his hat in the ring for the championship once again. He will be reunited with crew chief Danny Stockman and primary sponsor Advocare. Given all that Dillon learned in his rookie season, he should be even better in the upcoming season. He’s a prime contender for this year’s Nationwide Series championship.
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10th-Place at Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR Cup
March 18, 2019
Dillon turned in his most complete performance of the season Sunday and finished 10th-place at Auto Club Speedway in the Auto Club 400.
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Wins Fontana Pole
NASCAR Cup
March 15, 2019
Dillon will start on the pole for Sunday's Auto Club 400 after recording the fastest time in Friday's Busch Pole Qualifying, NASCAR.com reports
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Sweeps Both Vegas Practices
NASCAR Cup
March 2, 2019
Richard Childress Racing flexed its muscle again in Saturday's final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Dillon and Daniel Hemric topping the leaderboard, NASCAR.com reports.
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Fast Opening Las Vegas Practice
NASCAR Cup
March 1, 2019
Using a fast lap of 180.294 mph in his No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon topped opening practice on Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR.com reports.
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New Crew Chief Named
NASCAR Cup
November 27, 2018
Danny Stockman, who guided Dillon to the 2011 truck title and 2013 Xfinity title, will replace Justin Alexander as Dillon's Cup crew chief next season, Bob Pockrass of ESPN reports.
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