Austin Dillon will have his hands full throughout the weekend.
With Tony Stewart still out of action, Dillon will be taking over for Smoke as he continues to recover. With Michigan as the latest stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, it also happens to be many miles apart from where Dillon is scheduled to be at for the weekend.
As he fulfills his duties with the No. 14 team of Stewart-Haas Racing, time behind of his normal ride in the Nationwide Series has been cut short for Dillon. Meanwhile the NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader takes on Michigan, it seems as if his concentration on Mid-Ohio has taken a back seat.
Dillon may be making the best of his opportunity in the Cup Series this weekend, but his championship chase in the Nationwide Series may take a hit as he did not participate in practice at Mid-Ohio, a track that the series is visiting for the first time. Dillon may not have the most experience on road-courses, but considering his road course experience and how it’s the first trip to Mid-Ohio, all of his concentration should have been there.
With the points lead and as a championship contender, Dillon should be behind the wheel of the No. 3 car in the Nationwide Series this weekend. He has a minimal points lead heading and with no seat time before the race, it could potentially cost him a lot more than just the race win.
Come race time in the Nationwide Series, Dillon could get lost within all the action since he didn’t have much time to adjust to the racetrack.
Considering that the Nationwide Series championship is the title he is collecting points for, all of his priorities should have been there and then over to the Cup ride at Michigan.
With little track time at Mid-Ohio, there could be consequences to missing out on practice time. Had Dillon practiced, he could have gotten more accustomed to the track and have a better possibility to figuring out ways to keep his points lead.