This season has been kind to first-time winners, with Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez all going to Victory Lane for the first time in NASCAR’s premier series. But what about drivers who’ve won races in previous years but haven’t been to Victory Lane in 2022?
Among the drivers on that list is Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr,, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon. Unlike Blaney, Truex, Bell and Harvick, however, Dillon isn’t in position to make the playoffs on the basis of points, so a win for the Richard Childress Racing driver is more critical. Could it happen for Dillon this weekend at Road America?
The 32-year-old driver and grandson of his legendary team owner, Richard Childress, certainly has high hopes, especially after finishing 11th at the Wisconsin road course one year ago. “I’ve put a lot of effort into road racing to learn and catch up on that learning curve that I never had when I was younger, so I look forward to going to these places now – and Road America is one of them,” Dillon said. “I think we can run really well there. It’s a fun place to be, and there’s a constant learning effort going into every corner at the track.”
Dillon’s most memorable experience at Road America came in an ARCA race in 2013 when he held a more than 20-second lead before a late caution erased his advantage. Instead of winning, Dillon finished sixth. “I’m still angry about that one,” he said. “That would’ve been my first win on a road course, so it would’ve been pretty awesome to have gotten that. Maybe we’ll get it back this time. Maybe we’ll win the big one.”