Welcome to Joliet, Illinois. Home of the Chicagoland Speedway. After making the Chase in Richmond with a 13th place finish, Austin Dillon comes to the north with eyes on only one goal, winning. That’s it, that’s all. No more points, no more worrying about a good “points day” it’s just a win or loss situation.
Chicagoland was not nice to Austin last year, a 43rd place finish. However, his first Cup start there was a 16th place finish. He also has a 5th place average in trucks and a 4th place average in Xfinity series. So his average 30th in Cup is very misleading, but numbers are numbers and the law of averages doesn’t lie.
Ninth on any other weekend would be great. Not this weekend, you see there’s some luck on Austin’s side. You’re goin to be surprised. I honestly think with the leaps and bounds RCR has made on mile and a half tracks combined with some luck, plus an all star pit crew, the 3 team is in the driver’s seat and should be considered a favorite for the weekend.
Now, I’m going to get a little personal, I mean… It is my blog and I get to toot my own horn on occasion.
In 2009 when Kevin Harvick won his first Bud Shootout, I was there. I had handed Richard Childress something that morning through the big window. Only he knows if that made it to Victory Lane last night.
When Brendan Gaughan won his first Xfinity race at Road America, I was there. I shook his hand and wished him luck and his pass of Chase Elliott happened in turn 12, right in front of me.
When Paul Menard won Road America, I was there, on pit road, 3 stalls down. Almost directly across from Winner’s Circle.
When Michael McDowell won Road America this year, I was there, next to the 2 team and my crew on pit road.
When Spirit of Daytona Racing won the last Grand Am race at Laguna Seca with an ECR engine, I had sent them something for luck and it arrived the weekend they won.
Obviously, I cannot take credit for the wins, but I sure do have a tendency to pop up for the big moments. A “good luck” charm if you will.
I will be there…
By my crew, by my team, hoping and praying and believing that God Is In Control and will bless the team with a win while I am there. Do I have any luck for Austin, only God knows but I hope so. If I can snag a headset I will live tweet the race as always. If I can not, I will try to FaceBook live it or somehow broadcast it via my Couch Crew Chief Motorsports page or via periscope, same name as my Twitter.
Come Sunday, I’ll see you in the box.