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Jul 4, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon walks down pit road during qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Getting to Know the New Kids - Austin Dillon #3

Generally speaking, when NASCAR hands out honors like “Rookie of the Year”, the recipient will be a novice at accepting awards, hence that whole “Rookie” portion in the title. That is simply not the case when dealing with Sprint Cup newcomer Austin Dillon.

In the past six years of his racing career Dillon was awarded “Rookie of the Year” honors on three separate occasions and in three different NASCAR racing leagues. That is a pretty impressive factoid for anyone racing in the Sprint Cup circuit but shoot, especially when he’s still just starting out. I wasn’t even aware that a person could get more than one “rookie” award technically speaking.

Austin is still looking for his niche in the Sprint Cup; so far he has only finished inside the top ten twice. There is always going to be a learning curve when you start switching anything about the league you are running in; that is part of the process.

Were you just thinking to yourself that you had heard the name Austin Dillon a ton already and yet he is just this season a rookie in the Sprint Cup? I was thinking the same and evidently he has been a loyal NASCAR series driver for quite a while now.

While being the grandson of Richard Childress probably played a hefty role in his getting a ride, there is no doubt that he has proven himself a fine driver.

In 2011 Dillon took home the Camping World Truck Series championship a year after being the series’ Rookie of the Year. In 2012 he was awarded the ROTY honor in the Nationwide series and then last season was crowned the championship winner.

I am starting to see a trend with this young man. There are still several races left for Dillon to get his first Sprint Cup win and I am positive that he has the support of a lot of fans who are just pleased to see th3e #3 back out on the track on a Sunnday.

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