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A lot of fans this season are claiming that Austin Dillon will be the Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year. With his credentials and success it would be hard to see otherwise, especially considering that he has the backing of his championship-winning grandfather, Richard Childress. It's easy to see that over the years, Childress has had more success than Chip Ganassi, car owner of Dillon's closest RotY challenger, Kyle Larson.
However, although it is highly likely that Dillon will be successful many times over, it will probably be closer than his fans will let on. More often than not, there have been drivers who have won titles in the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series only to flounder in the Sprint Cup Series, so Dillon needs to be aware of what could happen.
That's not to say he isn't talented. Five truck wins, two Nationwide wins, the 2011 CWTS title and the 2013 Nationwide title (a title he earned on consistency alone) should go to show that he is a kid who knows what he is doing.
On top of that, he has only two DNFs in 77 starts in the Nationwide Series (both due to crashes) and only one DNF in 13 Sprint Cup starts (his spectacular crash at Talladega in October last year), so he is incredible when it comes to staying out of trouble. That is essential for success in the Sprint Cup Series.
He's at his most comfortable on tracks ranging from a mile and a half to two miles. The faster he can go, the better. So with that being said, look for him to put the No. 3 up front when the Sprint Cup is on a track that size.