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Austin Dillon

Dillon living up to potential in 3rd full NASCAR season

Austin Dillon was safe at home twice this week.

He beat the relay throw to the plate and scored on a triple and a throwing error in a celebrity NASCAR softball game.

Even more impressive, Dillon survived the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway and crossed the finish line with a career-best third-place finish.

With the famed No. 3 on his car and deep bloodlines in the sport, Dillon has started to fulfill some of the promise heaped on him early in his career. His three top-five finishes are two more than he had over his first two full seasons and his five top 10s match last year's total.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: GEICO 500
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick3512
2Kyle Busch3424
3Carl Edwards3371
4Jimmie Johnson3293
5Joey Logano3165
6Kurt Busch3126
7Brad Keselowski3009
8Dale Earnhardt Jr.2797
9Martin Truex Jr.27410
10Austin Dillon27212
11Chase Elliott27111
12Denny Hamlin2698