Austin Dillon

February 23, 2020

Austin Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-Go Chevrolet Team’s Gamble in Las Vegas Pays Off with Solid Top-Five Finish

“Our Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet was strong all day, but we needed track position. Thankfully we were able to make some moves at the end of the race to earn a fourth-place finish. It’s just really hard because everybody is really close, and you can tell how close we all are by how many cars are on the lead lap at the end of these races. NASCAR did a great job of getting these cars to where they are now. The race really came down to restarts. You had to get what you could on the start. It is crazy racing out there. On the second-to-last restart we started on the inside and lost a ton of positions, so at the end of the race when the caution came out, we knew it would be to our benefit to be on the outside. The leaders hit pit road and we were strategic. We had been running the same lap times at the beginning of a run with fresh tires as we were at the end of a run, so staying out was our best move if most of the other cars were pitting. Luckily, we were lined up on the outside on that final restart and were able to fight our way to fourth. It’s a great start to the season. This has been fun.”



February 17, 2020

Austin Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-Go Chevrolet Team’s Daytona Finish Provides Solid Start to Season

“We want to be in Victory Lane where Denny Hamlin is, but all in all, we’ve had a pretty good start to the season for this No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road/E-Z-Go Chevrolet Team. The Daytona 500 is one of those races where you want to finish towards the front because it takes a while to recover from a bad first race. To start the season in the top-13 in points is huge. We were riding around biding our time to make a run for it at the end when I saw a car swing across the field and I knew we were going to be in trouble. I got hit pretty good. I tried to keep it in the middle but ended up with some right-front damage. After that, our car was on the splitter and didn’t want to turn. Still, we survived several more wrecks to finish 12th. I was able to maintain at the end but I think we could have finished a few spots higher if we would have lined up on the outside for the final restart. I really needed other cars pushing me to help me along. We’re through Daytona and it’s a solid start to the year.”

 



February 13, 2020

Austin Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Off Road Team Survive Duel and Capture Sixth Place Finish at Daytona

“It’s a pretty good start to the season to earn some points tonight in the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet. Those extra points could come in handy during the season. We had a great race. We started losing the front end in dirty air and we are lacking some speed, but we have two practice sessions left to work on our car. The No. 47 car was just so unbelievably fast tonight. I was holding him up when I was leading, but when he was in front he pulled me pretty well. I think we’re strong enough to put together a solid race on Sunday if all of the Chevrolets work together.”

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February 13, 2020

Daytona Preview

This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Daytona International Speedway … Dillon, the 2018 DAYTONA 500 Champion, has 13 previous starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, acquiring one pole award, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The Welcome, North Carolina driver, who grew up attending races at Daytona International Speedway with his family, has 10 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with one win, seven top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has two starts at the track in the NASCAR Truck Series.
Former Pole Winner … Dillon earned his career-first NASCAR Cup Series pole award with a lap of 196.019 mph (45.914 seconds) in the 2014 edition of the DAYTONA 500. It marked the fourth time the No. 3 has won the pole for the DAYTONA 500, and its 67th Cup Series pole, overall. Dillon also started on the front row for the July 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Dillon’s starting position for this year’s DAYTONA 500 will be determined by his finishing position in the Bluegreen Vacations Duels on Thursday.
Tracker Off Road … Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE prominently features TRACKER ATVs, a game-changing new line of all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides offering breakthrough performance, service and value in the off-road industry. TRACKER OFF ROAD was born out of a powerhouse partnership formed between Bass Pro Shops and TRACKER founder Johnny Morris and Textron Specialized Vehicles, bringing together the undisputed world leader in boating with a global leader in innovation and technology.
Bass Pro Shops … Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.” Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit  http://www.basspro.com/.
E-Z-GO E-Z-GO golf cars and personal transportation vehicles are designed and built so you can live larger, whether you’re traveling from a round at the local golf course, to drop the kids off at school, or to enjoy dinner at the neighborhood cookout. E-Z-GO’s newest offerings include the ELiTE series of lithium-ion powered golf cars and PTVs, and gas-powered vehicles powered by our new EX1 gas engine, purpose-built to provide a quiet, smooth ride with the industry’s best fuel economy. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960, and today operates as part of the company’s Textron Specialized Vehicles division.
Meet Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to join fellow Bass Pro Shops driver Martin Truex Jr. at Bass Pro Shops (1880 W Checkered Flag Blvd., Ste. N-100, Daytona Beach, FL 32114) at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 13. Dillon is also scheduled to participate in a Q & A on the Team Chevy Stage in the Daytona International Speedway fan midway area on Saturday, February 15 at 10:15 a.m. ET.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
Are you chomping at the bit to start the 2020 season?
“I’m pretty excited for it. Daytona is always fun and as soon as you pull through the tunnel, there is excitement. It’s just an adrenaline that pulls through your body and through your brain that makes you excited for the race.”
What are your on-track goals this season? Any specific races you want to win, or a Playoff run, perhaps?
“Our on-track goals for 2020 are to win multiple races. In order to win a championship in the NASCAR Cup Series you need to win multiple races, so that’s one of our goals. There are places I would like to get better at, and places that I feel more confident at. Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been a good track for me. I’d like to go there and run well in the Coca-Cola 600 in May, and then I would like to get better at road course racing. That is one thing I’ve put on my shoulders for many years, just trying to make it better, and to be more competitive at it.”
What are you most looking forward to this season?
“I think what I’m most looking forward to this season is getting back out onto the track and competing for wins. I feel like we ended the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a really good run and anytime you finish the last race off with a strong finish, it makes you excited about the next season. I feel like we’ve gotten better as a group within the Chevrolet camp going into 2020 and we just want to go out there and compete strong.”
Do you have a favorite track, and why?
“My favorite track would probably be Daytona International Speedway, simply because of the memories there. It’s filled with history, and it’s been a fun track for me. It’s been wild there. A lot of things have happened. I’ve torn down the fence and won the DAYTONA 500, so I have to choose Daytona just from the historical perspective”
Are you a guy who likes to play it conservatively during Speedweeks to make sure your car makes it to the DAYTONA 500, or are you a guy who is a little bit more aggressive so that you can find out exactly what your car can do?
“It’s a good mix. I think you have to be able to just pick your battles throughout the time leading up to the DAYTONA 500. If you can score some points in the Duels that’s a nice thing. It’s an advantage going into the season. The Duels are one of the only races that pay points that you can really bank and use to help you get into the Playoffs. Points matter so much. Every year it seems to make a difference when it comes down to those final spots available to make the Playoffs. I like to pick my battles.”
What makes the DAYTONA 500 so special to you?
“The history behind the DAYTONA 500 is what makes the race so special to me. Being able to be there with RCR during the times when Dale Earnhardt was able to win, and then Kevin Harvick and later on, myself 20 years after Dale’s win. We’ve celebrated some big moments at Daytona as part of the RCR family. That makes Daytona very special to me.”

 



February 9, 2020

Austin Dillon and the Symicort / RigUp Team Survive Wild Busch Clash at Daytona with Second-Place Finish

“I thought we were going to end up victorious in our Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) / RigUp Chevrolet today. At the end, there were just no cars left. I thought that we were in the best position with the cleanest car. When it came down to it, we drove from the back up to second by the white flag and I was racing Ryan Newman. My spotter did a pretty good job of telling me to get up, but I felt pretty confident that we had the pace we needed to keep the lead. When Newman blocked me low it just killed our run and those guys flew by. We probably should have been working with the No. 42 Chevrolet during the red flag to put a better plan together to try and win. Justin Alexander and I have a pretty good record of winning our first races together. We’ve done it in the Xfinity Series for our first race together, and in the NASCAR Cup Series for our first race together, and we almost extended that record today. Still, second is a pretty good start to Speedweeks.”