By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Austin Dillon made 36 starts during the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He had just one win.
However, that one was in the pinnacle race. After starting 14th in the Daytona 500 in February, Dillon won the race.
When Dillon won the Daytona 500, it was the first win for Richard Childress Racing since 2007 in the historic race. Richard Childress won the biggest race with Kevin Harvick that season.
He led the final lap of the season in his Dow car to defeat Bubba Wallace, who finished second.
“I did what I had to do there at the end,” Dillon said. “I hate it for the No. 10 (Aric Almirola’s) guys. We had a run, and I stayed in the gas. It is what it is here at Daytona.
“This is so awesome to take the No. 3 car back to Victory Lane. This one is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those (Dale) Sr. fans. I love you guys. We are going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year!”
This was one of two Top 5 finishes he had on the season. He also had a fourth-place finish at the Consumers Energy 400 on August 12th, 2018.
Dillon, driving the Dow “We are Innovators” car, led five laps in the race. Kevin Harvick won in the Busch Light/Mobil 1 car after leding 108 laps.
Despite just two Top 5 finishes, he had eight Top 10 finishes. He completed 9,993 of a potential 10,250 laps. He also led 23 laps.
Dillon had an average start of 18.8. His average finish was 17.5. He also had three DNF (Did Not Finish).
Two of those DNF’s were a result of a crash. He was involved in a crash in Week 10 at Talladega. He also was involved in a crash in Week 29 in Charlotte (Road Course).
He also dealt with a Wheel Hub issue in Week 17 at Chicago.
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