Austin Dillon joined rare territory on Sunday evening as he won the 60th annual Daytona 500. Dillon, joins a prestigious list of just 17 other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to win both the Daytona 500 as well as the Cola Cola 600 in the course of their storied careers. He joins the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett, Bobby and Davey Allison, Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Marvin Panch, Fred Lorenzen, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch as the only drivers to do so.
But, what’s different about Dillon’s, is that the two wins for him are his first and only two Cup victories to his credit so far. The others, have won several other races outside of the biggest race in Daytona and the biggest race in Charlotte.
Dillon, won the ‘600 last May on gas mileage and won last weekend’s race on a last lap incident with Aric Almirola. What’s crazy is, Dillon has led three combined laps in both victories. He led two laps in the Coca Cola 600 win and just the last lap at Daytona.
That’s three out of 607 laps (400 at Charlotte, 207 at Daytona). When equating that to mileage, Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet was out front of the field for a total of 5.5-miles out of 1,117.5-miles (Charlotte – 600 miles, Daytona – 517.5 miles *overtime race).
That’s an insane stat if you think about it. Two career wins, in two of the biggest annual NASCAR races of the season and he has led for three total laps in them.
It’s like they say, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. He led the three most important laps in those races.