Richard Childress assured his grandson, "You'll have the opportunity one day, and you'll make it."
Dillon proved his grandfather correct Saturday night by winning the Xfinity Series race at Daytona for
"It's Daytona, man, I have so many family memories here and have been to a lot of victory lanes with RCR and a lot of crazy events have happened here," Dillon said. "I'm just happy for my grandfather."
Childress won 34 races at Daytona with Earnhardt, and Dillon admitted he wasn't sure if he should believe his grandfather's projection for his own future.
"When you are that young, you are just proud to be part of something like this," he said.
Dillon won by avoiding a late accident, and then holding off the competition on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish. He said it was his favorite win of his career.
"I told myself I was going to be aggressive and I was going for the win," Scott said. "Obviously, I mis-timed it a little bit. In hindsight, I should have stayed glued to the bottom, but I felt like I had to be aggressive."
Sadler said Scott was never clear to make the move.
"Brian just tried to make the move too late to block us," Sadler said. "It's a shame, we had a car good enough to win."
Dillon escaped that wreck and was the leader on the restart. He held off Sadler, Chase Elliott and
Dillon returns Sunday night for the Sprint Cup Series race and will start on the front row next to