Austin Dillon scored his second top five of the season with a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Dillon hadn’t been inside the first five finishers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season since his Daytona 500 to kick off the year. The Richard Childress Racing driver was able to add to that mark on Sunday.
“It’s huge,” Dillon said. “It’s great momentum for the team. The pit crew was amazing all day. It just feels good. We have this capability when we put our best days together and we’ve got to keep doing it and work hard. And we’ve got a great opportunity this year with being in the playoffs.”
The finish did not come easy for Dillon. He was running as high as second in the closing laps trying to chase down eventual winner Kevin Harvick. But a tire problem caused him to have to slow down and nurse the car home to a still impressive fourth.
“Yeah, we had a loose wheel or a tire unraveling there at the end,” Dillon explained. “So proud of my guys, RCR/ECR guys. Man, I wish I could have brought it home in second. Awesome racing with Harvick there at the end in our Camaro.
“Man, it just feels great when we have been struggling all year long since Daytona and to have a top five run like that is huge and really, I put ourselves as a second-place car today for sure. If the No. 4 makes a mistake we are there to capitalize.”
Dillon is hoping Sunday’s run will be something to build on as the regular season ends and the playoff begin next month.
“This is a big place for everybody,” Dillon said of Michigan. “Especially for all the manufacturers. To come out here and be the top finishing Chevy that means a lot for RCR also. We will keep working hard and hopefully this is a great showing leading into the playoffs.”