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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Austin Dillon
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
More Fantasy News
Fast Michigan Practice
Dillon was fastest in opening practice for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 189.969 mph.
Wins Chicago Pole
Dillon won the pole for the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 176.263 mph.
Crash and DNF at Pocono Raceway
Dillon crashed and finished 37th in the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
Leads All Star Happy Hour
Dillon was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 179.450 mph.
L1 Penalty from Talladega
NASCAR issued an L1-level penalty to the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 team Tuesday for infractions found during last weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. Competition officials discovered a rear deck lid on the No. 3 Chevrolet that did not comply with the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book before Sunday's GEICO 500. Officials determined that body filler was added and confiscated the unapproved part before Saturday's Busch Pole Qualifying, NASCAR.com reports.