Dillon Chasing History in Playoffs

"We got to be more aggressive" - Austin Dillon on Racing in the playoffs

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For the second straight season, Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet will compete in the playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Dillon gained entry for the playoffs after earning the victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte back in May.

Since winning for the first time in his career four months ago, Dillon has had an up and down season with everything from an three DNFs to a fourth place finish a few weeks ago at Darlington. As the playoffs approach, Dillon is seeded 14th in the playoff standings, 48 points out of the lead.

“I’m ready to hit the restart button.” Dillon told OnPitRoad.com after the race Saturday night. “We made some noise last year in the playoffs and we’d like to do it again obviously.”

Dillon’s looking to do something nobody in NASCAR history has ever done before – be a champion in all three of NASCAR’s top-tier series. He won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title in 2011 and followed that up two years later by winning the XFINITY Series championship.

“We’ll get after it and see what we can do,” he said. “I want to get to Homestead and win our third NASCAR championship and put us in a pretty elite group.”

Despite not having the victories and top-five finishes, Dillon and his team have shown consistency with an average finish of 20th throughout the whole regular season. Once Dillon got the first win, it gave the team the opportunity to try different things to experiment heading into the post-season.

“We got to be more aggressive, I think. It’s a three-race season getting ready to happen for our team. Three races at a time and we’ve gotta take advantage of each one of them to the max of out abilities,” Dillon said, talking about the team’s playoff approach. “I love all three of the first round tracks (Chicago, New Hampshire and Dover). I don’t dislike anything about them, we need to have speed at them but as a driver I enjoy going to those places. Obviously Charlotte’s a very good one for us in the second round but the first three there isn’t one I’m scared of we just have to make sure we put a car out there capable of competing and we’ll take car of the rest as a team out there on race day.”

About Christian Koelle 201 Articles
Christian is from Ooltewah, TN, a town on the outskirts of Chattanooga. He began writing about NASCAR in July of 2015 when he started his own blog. In 2017, Christian moved to OnPitRoad from his blog, He also contributes writing to a few other news sources. His first race he ever attended came in 2005 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and his first race as media came in 2015 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. His favorite track to attend is either Iowa Speedway or Bristol Motor Speedway and his favorite track he hasn't been to yet is Phoenix. Christian makes occasional appearances on The Race Trim Radio Show on Frat House Sports and really enjoys talking about racing with anyone. Along with NASCAR, Christian loves Minor and Major League Baseball and Football. His favorite teams include the Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Chattanooga Lookouts, Iowa State Cyclones, and The Detroit Lions.

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