Dillon Wins with Aggression, Thrives on Balance
By David Smith (on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA)
July 3, 2012
When former NBA player Antoine Walker would launch his first 3-point shot of a game, his coach, teammates and home crowd held their collective breath. If the shot did not fall, Walker would become discouraged and use his 6’9”, 265-pound body to bang bigger forwards and centers down on the block, becoming one of the most effective players in the league. If the shot went in, he would forgo using his sizable gift and instead launch ill-fated, low-odds jump shots the rest of the night. His coaches and teammates preferred that he miss the first shot. A player not relying on his best abilities is not the same player.
Could the same thought be true in NASCAR?
While it is premature to launch the #FreeAustinDillon movement to promote Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race winner into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it is due time to break down what Austin Dillon did differently to land his first career victory in the series ... Read More
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