Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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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The reunion of Stockman and Dillon is hoped to jump start the young driver's performance. He nabbed one victory and eight Top-10 finishes last season en route to a 13th-place points finish. Stockman and Dillon have won championships in the lower divisions of NASCAR, so the working relationship and chemistry is already well established.
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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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Eighth at Phoenix
NASCAR Cup
November 12, 2018
Dillon earned an eighth-place finish Sunday in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway.
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10th-Place at Fort Worth
NASCAR Cup
November 5, 2018
Dillon was one of the biggest movers of the day, coming from 26th on the starting grid to finish 10th-place in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Fourth at Michigan
NASCAR Cup
August 12, 2018
Dillon finished fourth in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Top-10 Finish at Daytona
NASCAR Cup
July 8, 2018
Dillon continued his good record of performance at Daytona with a ninth-place finish in Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400.
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Wins Rain-Shortened Xfinity Race at Michigan
XFINITY Series
June 9, 2018
Dillon held on to score a rain-shortened win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, claiming Saturday's LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR.com reports.
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