Austin Dillon was likely looking for something more at the History 300 in Charlotte, but he is still in a solid position in the Nationwide Series standings.
The 23-year-old driver was able to win the pole position during qualifying Saturday morning before the race. It was his fourth career pole position, with three of them coming in 2012.
There were plenty of eyes on Dillon heading into the race, but he wasn’t able to make much of an impact on the race. He led only one lap, finishing 13th while Kyle Busch was able to take home the win.
Despite the finish, Dillon was able to keep his position in the Nationwide standings, as he is still No. 6 on the board and just 52 points back.
There’s still plenty of racing to be done in this series, but Dillon has shown already in his racing career that he can be a winner.
In 2010, Dillon became the Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year. Just one year later in 2011, he went on to be the Truck Series Champion.
If the Nationwide Series continues like the Truck Series did for Dillon, he’s going to be in good shape this year.
So far, the Nationwide Series has looked a lot like the Truck Series. In 2012, Dillon was named the Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. He finished No. 3 in the standings, with two wins, 16 top-five finishes, 27 top-10 finishes and 486 laps led in 33 starts.
Through 10 starts in 2013, Dillon has looked pretty good as well. He had his first pole position in this race at Charlotte along with two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
Although Dillon has yet to register a win this year, some of his best races from last year haven’t happened yet. His wins last year came at Kentucky, where he won in June as well as September after winning the pole position in both races.
Dillon is a young driver who is beginning to do some very good things. Having the No. 3 on his car brings a lot of attention, but Dillon is doing what he can to make his own legacy as the No. 3 driver.
Living up to the famous Dale Earnhardt is no easy task, but up to this point Dillon is starting to become one of the better drivers in the Nationwide Series. With enough time in the racing series, Dillon could eventually become a big name in the Sprint Cup Series.
Until then, we will all be watching him as he becomes one of the more exciting drivers to watch.