The Backstretch Blog-Top 16 in 17: 10 Austin Dillon


Here on the The Backstretch Blog, I'm counting down the 16 drivers I think will make the 2017 Chase for the Championship. Here's a look at driver 10:

10. Austin Dillon: Richard Childress Racing

Dillon is going to win a race this season. I dont say thing like that with that kind of certainty very often, but I feel like Dillon is long past due. He has the entire force of RCR working toward the goal (its the perks of being the owners grandson. But lets be fair, Dillon has shown the talent to prove he's more than kust Richard's grandson).

Last season, Dillon made his first career NASCAR postseason, finishing 14th. He's another driver that I think will benefit from the new points system and could rack up his share of bonus points through segment wins. The biggest challenge for him is going to be his team. RCR is not what it used to be and Dillon is the lead dog on the team in just his third season in the cup series.