Austin Dillon: It’s validation to yourself that you’re one of the guys
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Austin Dillon was delighted after securing the playoff. He is aware of his success, but he does not want to stop there. “I think every time you make the NASCAR Playoffs, it’s validation to yourself that you’re one of the guys.
We’ve made it five times now. I don’t know how many years I’ve been doing this, but every time you’re not in it, it doesn’t feel good. You’re not going to the banquet at the end of the year.
You feel like you let your guys down,”Austin Dillon said.
Austin Dillon: You feel like you let your company down
The competition is very strong this year. It was difficult to predict the outcome with Next Gen cars, as the results showed.
There were many surprises, and Dillon hoped to secure the playoffs early. “You feel like you let your company down. For me, it’s everything. It feels good to get a chance to compete for a championship. I did feel like we should have been locked into the Playoffs earlier than this, but it doesn’t matter how you get in; you got in.
15 different winners this year. That’s a testament to this NextGen car and how competitive the field is,” Austin Dillon added. NASCAR was especially exciting this season because there were many unforeseen things.
Dillon believes that this is exactly what makes NASCAR special. “I don’t think there’s any other form of motorsports that has this type of competitiveness week-in and week-out. Take Watkins Glen, for instance, and the spread from first to 20th.
You look at the time sheet, and you are holding your break for a hundredth to move you up five sports. It’s what the NASCAR Cup Series is supposed to be. It’s challenging. You never give up, and that’s been the theme of this season,” Austin Dillon explained.