Austin Dillon: “We’ve Got to Figure Something Out”

Austin Dillon: “We’ve Got to Figure Something Out”

by July 6, 2015 0 comments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In the wake of a terrifying accident that vaulted his No. 3 Chevrolet into the catch fence on the frontstretch of Daytona International Speedway, Austin Dillon says that changes in the name of safety need to come to restrictor plate racing.

Calling the conditions that led to his crash ‘not really acceptable’, the 25-year-old out of Lewisville, N.C. suggests that NASCAR needs to take a look at controlling the speeds in which drivers race in packs and look at aerodynamic changes to help prevent cars from going airborne in the future.

Walking away from his wreck with a bruised forearm and tailbone, Dillon’s wild ride into the frontstretch fence came after making contact with the spinning No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin – sending his No. 3 car airborne and barrel-rolling over other cars while in mid-air and into the fence.

“Well, it’s not really acceptable I don’t think,” Dillon said. “I mean, we’ve got to figure out something. I think our speeds are too high, I really do.  I think everybody can get good racing with lower speeds, and we can work on that and then figure out a way to keep cars on the ground.  That’s the next thing.

“We’re fighting hard to make the racing good.  I hope fans enjoy all that.  We don’t, but it’s what you put your — that’s your job.  You go out there and you hold it wide open to the end, checkers or wrecker, and hope you make it through.”

The winner of Saturday night’s XFINITY Series event, the Subway Firecracker 250, described the feeling of his car’s velocity significantly dropping following its impact with the fence as ‘vicious.’

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“It was very vicious,” Dillon explained. “It’s a swishing around in there and the belts are loosening each hit, so the hits are getting more and more violent. By the fourth one, you know, you’re already – you’ve separated enough where your fourth one is going to hurt more than others.

“But like I said, I held onto the steering wheel as hard as I could, and I’m sure I’m going to find more bumps and bruises by the end of the week, but right now I feel all right.”

While he’s a bit dinged up exiting Daytona, the current 21st-place driver in the points standings acknowledges that accidents like his are a risk that drivers taking strapping into a race car. With that, Dillon is already looking forward to next Saturday’s race – the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

“I mean, this is what we do,” he stated. “We sign up for this every weekend. I’ll be ready to go to Kentucky, and I’ll be fine. Like I said, I don’t feel – if anything hurt any worse than what it did, I think I’d be more shaken, but right now adrenaline is still pumping and I feel fine. I feel like I can go race.”


PHOTO CREDIT: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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