Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson are neck and neck on top of the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings through six races (Larson holds a scant two-point edge over Dillon).
And while Larson has been flashy and a contender for wins, Dillon has been consistent and relatively quiet since the Daytona 500 – and now finds himself in the top 10 in points.
Dillon is ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standing as a result of his consistency. Despite Larson’s close runner-up finish at Auto Club Speedway, he is currently 19th in NSCS points, outside the Chase cutoff.
The opposite styles on the track have kept the ROY points tight. Texas Motor Speedway could prove to be a turning point in the ROY battle. Larson’s first NSCS start at TMS came last fall, with a 36th-place finish three laps down. His stats from two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts are not much better, with an average finish of 20.5.
Though this will be Dillon’s first NSCS start at TMS, he has four starts, and an average finish of 4.8 at the track in four NNS starts.
Each of the six 2014 NSCS winners are former champions in either the NASCAR Nationwide or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Will the 2013 NNS Champion, Austin Dillon become the seventh, and leave Texas with a new cowboy hat?