To best position herself for the future, Patrick should spend at least another year in the Nationwide Series before making the jump.

Austin Dillon is having a phenomenal season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series by any standards. In 18 races, Dillon has completed every single lap. He has an astounding 14 top-10 finishes in those 18 races.

Dillon, it should be noted, is a rookie. A rookie! Before this year, he’d only driven 11 Nationwide races. And the dude is second in the point standings.