Austin Dillon 2014 Stats: Points Finish 20th, 1 Pole, 0 Wins, 1 Top Five, 4 Top Tens, Average Running Position 19.3, Average Finish 17.5, Laps Led 10, Driver Rating 71.7
Strengths – Austin Dillon is a consistent driver who finishes races. That attribute guided him to championships in the two lower divisions and in NASCAR’s top series it helped him finish 20th in the standings. In 69% percent of the races last season he finished in the top twenty. As is tradition for the #3 car, Austin Dillon performed very well at restrictor plate tracks last season scoring the 3rd most points and having a 10.5 average finish.
Weaknesses – Consistency has taken Austin Dillon far in his career, but he needs to run competitively more often. From August to the end of the season he only had one top ten finish.
Track Type Fantasy Value Key = Elite > High > Moderate > Low
Intermediate Track Fantasy Value – Moderate
Austin Dillon needs to improve the most at intermediate tracks. They comprise nearly half the season and at these venues last year he had one top ten and finished in the top fifteen just 24% percent of the time. In terms of points accumulated at these venues he scored the 17th most points and had an 18.4 average finish. In a typical race for him at these tracks he finished between the mid-teens and the mid-twenties.
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Flat Track Fantasy Value – Moderate
Austin Dillon was a solid performer at flat tracks last season. At these venues in 2014 minus the fall Phoenix race he had a 15.2 average result. His lone top ten at a flat track last season came at Indy when he finished 10th. The Tricky Triangle wasn’t too tricky for him and he had results of 15th and 17th in 2014. The Magic Mile was a friendly venue last season and between the two events he had a 12.5 average finish.
Phoenix was the least friendly flat track to him. In the spring race he wasn’t competitive and finished 24th. In the fall he got into the wall and finished 38th.
Although his fantasy value is listed as moderate I would consider him a high moderate. He just needs to step up his game a little bit to move into the next tier.
Short Track Fantasy Value – Moderate
Austin Dillon had some moderate success at short tracks in 2014. Last season on this track type he had three results between 11th and 15th and three results between 20th and 28th. At Martinsville last year he came home with results of 12th and 15th. At Thunder Valley he finished 11th in the spring but his night race wasn’t incident free and he finished 28th. Richmond was his toughest short track and he had results of 20th and 27th.
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Restrictor Plate Track Fantasy Value – High
Last season at restrictor plate tracks Austin Dillon was strong. At these venues he scored the 3rd most points and was one of two drivers who finished in the top fifteen every race. His average result over these four races was 10.5.
At Daytona in 2014 he started his season off on a good note with a Daytona 500 pole. Also at that historic track last season he swept the top ten and had a 7.0 average finish.
At Talladega he didn’t perform quite as well but he still came home with respectable results of 13th and 15th.
Road Course Track Fantasy Value – Moderate
Last year at road courses Austin Dillon was a steady driver but that’s it. At these two venues he came home with results of 16th and 17th. There’s nothing flashy about that but I think he should be able to have slight improvement at these venues in 2015.