Austin Dillon has been making a scene in the NASCAR Cup Series with many surprising performances that leave many excited for what is to come still early in his career.
One of those performances came in the playoff race at Richmond last September. He started 3rd and jumped to the lead on lap 21 for the first time. He would lead four more times before losing the race to Brad Keselowski after a late-race speeding penalty.
Austin returns to Richmond this weekend looking for some redemption at a track he has a newfound love for.
“Richmond is now my favorite track in the world, I finished 4th last year and have had three consecutive top-seven finishes” said Dillon. He added: “It was my least favorite, I sucked there in the beginning of my career, I hated it. Dreaded going there, I said I wish Richmond would just not be a track anymore.” He made it clear that last year was no fluke and he has a ton of added confidence heading into Sunday.
After two top 10s early in the season, Dillon will start 11th coming off a 13th at Martinsville where he ran inside the top 10 before a penalty. He finished outside the top 20 six times in his first five Richmond starts but a top 10 in three of the last four.