Dillon talks about top-five finish

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Austin Dillon walks down pit road at Pocono Raceway.

By Dominic Aragon
August 17, 2015



Austin Dillon’s fourth place showing in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 marks his best finish of 2015—and his career.

Dillon, who started fourth, talked post-race about his run at Michigan International Speedway.

“I’m proud of my guys,” he said. “(Crew chief) Slugger (Labbe) made a good call at the beginning. We kind of had made that plan to ride around and save fuel and it worked out for us. Good track position and then staying up there we had a good racecar.

“We drove up to where we were and I’m just proud of my guys. Hopefully, we can build on this and maybe go win Bristol.”

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Austin Dillon leads a pack of cars at Michigan International Speedway.

The top-five run is Dillon’s first of 2015 and second of his career.

Sunday’s race also marked the seventh time in Dillon’s career he has led a lap in a Sprint Cup race. Utilizing an off-sequence pit strategy, Dillon led twice for 19 laps.

The 19 laps led marks the highest amount Dillon has led in a race.

“I had fun racing Matt (Kenseth) up front,” he said. “I just couldn’t lead very well when we got out front. It was a little bit of a learning experience, I think, for me.

“…Matt’s been up there a lot in his career. For me, it was my first time. So, I will learn from it and get better next time.”

Dillon has scored three top-ten finishes in the last seven races. Subsequently, Dillon’s fourth place finish marks his seventh lead lap finish in eight races.

Dillon enters next Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway 20th in points, 83 points back of a Chase position. In three starts at Bristol, he has scored one top-ten finish, a tenth place result in April.ple, including myself.

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