Dillon learns from Panthers' Super Bowl loss

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Thursday, Feb 18 1232
Super Bowl 50 didn't end the way Austin Dillon would have liked.

An ardent Carolina Panthers fan, Dillon attended the Feb. 7 event at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., only to watch his team fall to the Denver Broncos 24-10.

But the driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet learned a lot from his observations of the team. The Panthers, Dillon said, didn't approach that game with the same attitude that had propelled them to a 17-1 record entering the game.

"It was definitely not the results I wanted because of my team," Dillon said during a Daytona 500 Media Day session on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. "I watched them all year long and it just didn't look the same. They didn't seem like they were loose and having fun."

That's something Dillon will keep in mind if he qualifies for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

"I know if I'm in a championship mode, I need to remember that, because you change what you do up until that period of time that got you there," Dillon said. "You can't forget what got you there and how your emotions were leading up to each game. It was cool. I learned from that."