When most NASCAR predictions came out, most had Austin Dillon as one of the four drivers picked to be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. After all, Dillon likely wouldn’t have made it into the postseason if not for what many consider a lucky win in Texas. But, I cautioned that move.
I had Dillon coming out of the opening round. Now, I’m looking smart for that. Dillon, finished runner up in last Sunday’s Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. He’s now +10 in the standings with two races left in the Round of 16.
Dillon, has some good momentum on his side too. He’s scored three top 10 finishes in his last five starts. In the spring race at Richmond last year, he finished sixth. In the spring race at Bristol this year, he also finished sixth in his No. 3 Chevrolet. These are the two tracks left this round.
“Well, it’s a great feeling. You know, it’s confidence,” said Dillon, who notched his third top-five of the season and his best finish at the historic South Carolina track. “Confidence goes a long way in this sport, and I think everybody knows that. It’s a streaky sport, too. You see guys get on runs and they’re able to really carry themselves with those. I’m hoping this is kind of our go time, that our streak is starting.”
I think Dillon moves on.
As for the doubters?
“I feel like – I love to compete,” Dillon said. “I am just a competitor, know what I mean? You tell me I can’t and I want to show you that you can in any kind of sports. Me and my dad will literally get in about fisticuffs over a pickleball game this week. I battle. I like to battle and grind things out. That’s why I’m good at the longer races I believe because mentally I keep working, I keep working.
“As a team, I’ve got a team that’s behind me that believes in me, and that’s all I need is the confidence from those guys. We’re in a good place.”