BROOKLYN, Mich – This weekend was the one that Austin Dillon had been searching for. After his season opening win in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, Dillon had gone nearly six full months without scoring another top five finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season.
Dillon, with a brand new No. 3 Chevrolet, came away with a fourth place finish in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. It was a day that they can use to push forward with some positive momentum going into the playoffs. See, most thought Dillon was the weak link in this year’s playoff field. He’d be an easy pick to be among the first four out after the first round. But, days like Sunday, well that puts that scenario in question now.
Richard Childress Racing gave their drivers brand new cars for the annual stop on the Irish Hills race track and it showed. Dillon and his RCR teammate Ryan Newman shared Row 3 to start Sunday’s 200 Lap race off with.
Dillon, would stay there for most of the day and even had a shot of winning in the end. While he couldn’t pull it off and was passed by Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch over the final two laps, a top five is something that they can hang their hat on.
Other than Daytona and Fontana, he had zero other top 10 finishes even this season. Now, he leaves Michigan, a high speed horsepower track with a top five.
That speaks volumes.