Austin Dillon

Austin Dillon

32-Year-Old Driver  
Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Dillon has been a model of consistency over the last two seasons. While his chances to win races during his career have been far and in between, Dillon has dialed up the consistency in the last two campaigns. The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet grabbed eight top-10 finishes in 2021 and he posted his best-ever average finish for a season and a very respectable 14.4. Dillon really is a weekly face inside the Top 15. While those aren't eye-popping stats they are a good security blanket of consistency and competitiveness. The non-flashy consistency should continue well into the upcoming season. Dillon will stay paired with crew chief Justin Alexander. The new Cup Series car is a bit of an x-factor, but the two should adapt quickly. Alexander and Dillon are a good team and seem to communicate really well. Read Past Outlooks
Runner-up Finish at Talladega
NASCAR Cup
April 24, 2022
Dillon finished second in the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Dillon would be a low-key competitor most of the afternoon in this 500-mile battle. His time within the Top 10 would be pretty limited. Dillon's key to success was staying out of the accidents and hanging around until the end. The entire third stage would be raced green and Dillon would make his move in the closing laps. The RCR veteran would avoid the contact among the leaders coming to the finish line and secure an impressive runner-up finish. It was Dillon's third Top 5 of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The reunion of Dillon and crew chief Justin Alexander went pretty much according to script last season. The duo combined for a surprising win at Texas and Dillon logged nine Top-10 finishes by season's end. It would net an impressive 11th-place finish in the points despite a bit of a malaise during the playoffs. 2020 was a huge success for the No. 3 team after a lackluster 2019 season for Dillon. He and Alexander will remain paired once again this season, which is the good news. However, we do feel like last season was likely a high water mark for this driver and team. It was Dillon's second-highest Top 10 total and tied a career-best mark for finish in the driver standings. A three-season sampling for Dillon is likely to be more indicative of where he goes in 2021. With the Cup Series getting deeper and richer in talent, it's just the most reasonable expectation.
The 2019 season was so disappointing on so many levels for Dillon and the No. 3 Chevrolet team. He failed to make the Chase for the Cup for the first time in four seasons, he posted a lowly six Top-10 finishes, and saw his average finish inflate two spots from 17.5 in 2018 to 19.5 in 2019. It was a tough campaign for Dillon and his Richard Childress Racing team. Some good news is happening in 2020. Dillon will be reunited with his old crew chief, Justin Alexander. Under Alexander's guidance, Dillon drove to a Daytona 500 victory in 2018 and a Coca-Cola 600 win in 2017. He also finished much more consistently in those two campaigns, making the Chase for the Cup playoffs in both instances. Dillon will look to rebound to that form with his old chief this season. Of all the drivers in the middle portion of the rankings, Dillon presents about as much rebound potential as any in the group.
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.
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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Truck Start at Bristol
Gander Outdoors Truck
April 14, 2022
This weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Young's Motorsports welcomes 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Dillon as the driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado RST.
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Third at Martinsville
NASCAR Cup
April 9, 2022
Dillon finished third in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway Saturday night.
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Runner-up Finish at Fontana
NASCAR Cup
February 27, 2022
Dillon finished second in the WISE Power 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Third in Busch Light Clash
NASCAR Cup
February 6, 2022
Dillon finished third in the Busch Light Clash at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum Sunday evening.
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New Sponsor
NASCAR Cup
January 18, 2022
True Velocity joins Richard Childress Racing and the No. 3 Chevrolet for multiple races in 2022, beginning with The Clash.
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