Austin Dillon, driving as a stand-in for the injured Tony Stewart, didn’t exactly have the most auspicious start in the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday. Dillon was involved in a crash with J.J. Yeley during the 14th lap and subsequently fell back to 41st place. However, the 23-year-old Dillon was able to make up a ton of ground and finished in 14th.
(Is there some sort of paranormal coincidence with all those 1s and 4s? I don’t know. It could be the ancient aliens.)
Dillon spoke about the crash to USA Today Sports after the race:
We started wanting a top 15 [finish]. I put us behind in the beginning and scared myself a little there. I thought I was going to be able to pass J.J. pretty easy, and I was just too loose on the braking.
We wanted to stay calm, take our time. It’s 200 laps, and we wrecked on lap 20 [lap 14] or something. I just made a big mistake. It happens when you’re out there racing hard and just trying to give it all. I knew the car was fast. I was just trying to get too much early. I’m just proud we battled back to this finish.
[Source: USA Today Sports]