3 AUSTIN DILLON, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 15th, only two points out of a spot in the Chase. Lost two spots last week.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: Will be making his Sprint Cup debut. Best finish in two Nationwide Series starts was 12th.
LOOKING AHEAD: Dillon admits, "Road courses have never been my strong suit. But I am actually really looking forward to going to Watkins Glen after our team's performance at Sonoma in June. Sonoma was fun. It made me realize that road course racing can be fun and it got me excited for Watkins Glen. The race to the Chase is on, so my whole team is going into the race motivated to perform."
LOOKING BACK: Dillon seemed headed for a top-10 finish when he got moved out of the groove on the final restart with three laps remaining. He ended up 15th. "This finish definitely does not show how good our American Ethanol Chevrolet was today, so I'm a bit disappointed," said Dillon. "We just got used up on the final restart. There were some guys with newer tires behind us. We're going to keep digging to make it into the Chase. I'm proud of this RCR team. They deserved a better finish."
ETC.: Dillon ended Toyota's 12-race winning streak in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by driving his Chevrolet to a win Saturday at Pocono. "Anytime you can get a NASCAR win, it's huge," said Dillon. "I watched my brother (Ty) at Indianapolis get a win last week (in the Nationwide Series) and that really rejuvenated me I feel like. I attribute some of what Ty did last week to running well this week. I'm jacked up and wanting to get a Cup win now."