He races for his grandfather's ultra successful team. After eschewing racing for a budding amateur baseball career, he was presented with quality equipment after changing his mind.
Then there's the matter of that No. 3 on his door. For Austin Dillon, 20, it's the number that has adorned most every vehicle he's ever raced since he first felt the thrill of going fast and running up front. But he knows it means much more. And after validating his opportunity by finishing fifth in the NASCAR Truck series last year as rookie of the year, Dillon will be expected to do it all over again. There's pressure, certainly. But if he's feeling it, he's not letting on.
[RCR Sprint Cup driver] Jeff Burton talked to me about setting goals and accomplishing them. After I got my first top-10, I wanted a top-5, then another, then to win a race after winning a pole.