Austin Dillon Upbeat Despite Heading into Potential Chase Eliminationby Kyle Pokrefky September 25, 2016 0 comments
Austin Dillon enters the elimination race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup’s Round of 16 in a precarious position – five points out of a transfer spot into the next round, the Round of 8.
Despite that, the driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet isn’t feeling too down heading into next Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway.
The first-year Chase driver closed out the Bad Boys Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a 16th-place finish that was a cap to a tumultuous weekend for the team.
In opening practice for the weekend, Dillon made significant contact with the outside wall in Turn 1, prompting his team to move to a backup car for the race.
Starting the race from a 29th-place starting position, Dillon’s day was a bit of a struggle as he ran a vast majority of the race outside of the top-20. With the help of several late restarts, the former XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series champion found himself heading home with a salvageable run.
““Truthfully, that was a heck of a fight and we are only five points out going into Dover and we struggled all week long,” Dillon said. “We fought hard. I never gave in, never gave up, our team never gave up. They did a heck of a pit stop there to put us in a lucky dog position, just to gain us some more points.
A bunch of them guys are just right there. Now we go to Dover and we’ve given ourselves a shot. We just got to go run good there; got something new that we think is going to help us there. I’m looking forward to it. Just a whale of a fight by the guys.”
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