“Gets You Going” – Austin Dillon Explains Importance of the NASCAR Daytona 500 to Him

Published 02/05/2021, 4:30 AM CST
FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 11: Austin Dillon, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet, sits in his car during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 Testing at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Next weekend, the 2021 NASCAR Cup season kicks off with the Daytona 500. In light of that, Austin Dillon spoke about what the iconic event means to him. It is worth mentioning that he won the race in the 2018 season, his first career win in the Cup Series.

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Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, he said, “I don’t know if it is confidence. Or a feeling of love for the place. You drive through there and I start smiling. It’s like something else deep in your heart that gets you going.

“It’s a cool place, it’s exciting to have some of the best memories I’ve ever had at the track. Just this past weekend in the 24-hour race, that was a blast,” he added.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 02: Austin Dillon (3) Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 on March 2, 2019, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Tami Pope/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Daytona International Speedway holds a lot of fond memories for the driver. Other than that, the feeling of just being at the track is an incredible one. It also helped that he visited Victory Lane on one occasion.

Can Austin Dillon take a second Daytona 500 win?

Considering that the race is well-known for producing surprise winners, no one can rule out Dillon. Of course, the driver boasts of an impressive record at the race and has never finished lower than 19th since the 2014 season, when he made his full-time Cup debut.

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The Richard Childress Racing driver was in excellent form in the 2020 season. Now, he will be aiming to carry it forward into the 2021 Cup Series campaign.

The best part is that he will be racing at the Daytona International Speedway on three straight race weekends. It also helps that he competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona last week.

First and foremost, there is the Busch Clash at the track, followed by the Daytona 500 and later on the Go Bowling 235. Of course, in the case of the latter, the drivers will race on the road course.

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