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Ep. 174: Austin Dillon

By Nate Ryan, NASCAR on NBC Sports

The defending Daytona 500 winner on why he's happy to be working again with crew chief Danny Stockman, who taught Dillon much about stock cars (1:00); why Stockman and the rest of the crew fit Richard Childress Racing's old-school racer vibe (3:00); offseason stories of team bonding and paintball welts (6:00); the Dillons' trip to Costa Rica and why this family loves road-trip vacations (7:45); how Dillon became a good friend of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who will attend the Daytona 500 as a guest of Dillon’s (10:00); the impact of McCaffrey's intense training regimen on Dillon (13:00); the keto diet and the weight being shed by the No. 3 team (14:00); why Dillon believes the 2019 rules package will play into his hands (15:00) and the importance of aggression (17:00); how Dillon has helped team owner and grandfather with a foray into eSports (18:00); the advice of Shaquille O'Neal on the Harley J. Earl trophy (20:00); if Dillon was surprised by how Aric Almirola handled the aftermath of last year's Daytona 500 (21:45) and a dissection of the winning pass/bump on the last lap (22:00); the special perspective Dillon has on how veterans and youth perceive driving ethics in the Cup Series differently and a great anecdote about Tony Stewart (25:00); if the generational shifts in Cup are forcing drivers to race harder (27:30).

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