NASCAR: Top drivers of 2014 – No. 20 Austin Dillon

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Austin Dillon

Season finish: 20th

2014 Season Stats: 0 Wins, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10s, 1 Pole.

What went right: The famous No. 3 was revived for Dillon’s ascension to the Sprint Cup Series with Richard Childress Racing, and he made a great first impression by snagging the pole for the Daytona 500 in February. From there, Dillon settled largely into the mid-pack but avoided a single DNF all season. A fifth-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July was his best result, so Dillon appears to have potential for becoming a solid restrictor-plate racer. The man that drove the No. 3 before him, late seven-time Cup champ Dale Earnhardt Sr., wasn’t too bad in that discipline, either.

What went wrong: While Dillon didn’t have a lot of seriously bad finishes in 2014, he didn’t have a lot of great ones either. Some of that can be put down to lack of experience and perhaps Richard Childress Racing’s overall performance (even their Championship 4 representative, Ryan Newman, only had five Top-5s and 41 laps led). At the same time, he was put in the shade by fellow freshman Kyle Larson as he delivered a needed boost to Chip Ganassi Racing. One could argue that wasn’t exactly a good look for Dillon, who hit the Cup level as the reigning XFINITY (Nationwide) Series champion.

2015 Prospectus: As we saw in 2013 and 2014, Dillon has a knack for avoiding the killer finishes. If RCR steps up on overall speed, that will become a more important asset to have as he tries to make the 2015 Chase. Also possibly helping him further will be the additional track time he’ll get from running a “majority” of the XFINITY races along with his normal Cup duties.

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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