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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2016 Recap/2017 Outlook – Austin Dillon

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After a solid rookie season, Austin Dillon came back for his sophomore year and was able to contend for a couple race wins en route to finishing 14th in points.

 

Car No.:  3  

Crew Chief: Richard “Slugger” Labbe

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Wins: 0           

Top-Fives: 4

Top-10s: 13

Points Finish: 14th           

2016 Quick Summary: Dillon had by definition what could be a breakout season after a disappointing 2015 campaign. Through consistency and some timely finishes he qualified for his first ever Chase for the Sprint Cup and finished 14th in the final championship standings. Although he ended up without a win, Dillon showed that he will be a factor once the premier series unloads at Daytona in February.

2016 Highlight(s): Finished a seasonbest third at Talladega in May. Earned two Coors Light pole awards: Fontana (March) and Texas (November).

2016 Lowlight(s): Narrowly missed the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup after a 32nd place finish at Charlotte in October. Finishes of 37th and 39th respectively at Texas and Phoenix in November resulted in Dillon not finishing out the season as strongly as he would’ve hoped.

2017 Outlook: The outlook for Dillon in 2017 is bright with Slugger Labbe returning for another season on top of the pit box and a Richard Childress Racing team that continues to improve each week. Dillon was one of the Cup Series most improved drivers in 2016 and look for him to carry that momentum to victory lane for the first time in NASCAR’s premier series next season.

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Justin Tucker

Been following Motorsports for over 30 years. NASCAR, Indy Car, F1. Earliest racing memory was Richard Petty's 200th Cup Series win. Currently resides in Ridgeway, Missouri. Favorite things to do outside of Racing is watching and cheering on the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Kansas City Chiefs.