Dillon seeks first No. 3 win at New Hampshire
July 01, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Austin Dillon hopes to do what no other driver of a No. 3 car has done at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to The Magic Mile next week.
At a test attended by Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing drivers on Tuesday, Dillon found out that the No. 3 has never won a race at the New England oval. He said he hopes to make history in the Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 13, 1 p.m. ET, TNT).
"I know that number has won everywhere, so I'd love to be the first one to put it (in Victory Lane)," Dillon said. "Any kind of win with that number is huge. If we can get out there and put a good show on and get a win, I think that would be cool; that's history."
In both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Dillon had two top-five finishes in three starts. He said his experience should help him next weekend as he attempts to cross the granite-striped finish line first.
"I feel pretty confident at this track," Dillon said. "The biggest thing is getting our car right so having a couple of days here testing is definitely going to help us so when we go into practice we're not rushing things. I've had some good success here in the past, and I definitely like coming here."
With nine races to go until the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender needs a win to get a provisional Chase berth. Sitting 18th in points heading to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT), Dillon is on the outside looking in.
"I'm still finding that feel at each one of these tracks in the Cup car," Dillon said. "I feel like I was able to find it in the Nationwide car pretty quick and the following year we won a championship, so I'm taking good notes this year for the rookie season and into the following years so hopefully you'll see the 3 team come to the front."
The last and only other driver to run the No. 3 in NASCAR's premier series at the track, Dale Earnhardt, had two top-five finishes and six top 10s in 12 starts.