Austin Dillon: Our goal is to take the cars to Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images). Credits: NASCAR.

Austin Dillon reveals that Richard Childress Racing wants to avoid any issues with their cars during the Duels.

The 2022 Daytona 500 is the first points race for the Next-Gen cars. The teams did not have time to build enough cars and some did not bring backup cars for the Speedweeks. RCR is among them, though they have confirmed they had backup cars in the shop in case of emergency.

Obviously, these circumstances will force the drivers to find a balance between risking to get the best possible starting position for The Great American Race and being careful in order to avoid a wreck.

When asked whether the strategy for the Duels was discussed in RCR, Dillon replied: “We’ve had some pretty extensive conversations between our teams and myself and Tyler [Reddick], we were talking last night [on Tuesday].”

The 2018 Daytona 500 champion also admitted that losing a car in a wreck could make an impact on the upcoming races and it might affect the midset during the Duels.

“You want to pick an approach and really attack that approach, but with the situation we’re in, [the question arises] ‘What is right?’ So it kind of comes to when the green flag drops, it’s a feel thing, but you’re still going to have this mentality built in your head that, ‘Okay, you really would like to get this car to the 500. If you don’t, it definitely sets you back for the next 3 races after this going to the west coast.'”

“So, I think it’ll be interesting to see how the Duels play out. I think there are definitely some guys that are going to go for it and some guys that aren’t. And then there are going to be some guys in the middle. And one of those things is ‘Does this middle get you in trouble?'”

“Our goal, obviously, is to take these cars to the 500,” he concluded.

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