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Dillon: More changes on the way for Richard Childress Racing

Richard Childress Racing has undergone some changes this season in pursuit of improved performance, but the organization still has more work to do before it's back into championship contention.

"We're not done at RCR right now," Austin Dillon said Saturday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "We're making some more changes.

"We're gonna put a lot of effort in for next year and the end of this year, to build it to where we need to be. We know we're not where we want to be, and we're gonna change the direction."

The season has been difficult for Dillon and teammate Kyle Busch. Both drivers are below the playoff cutline.

Dillon is 32nd in points with two top-10 finishes. He was within reach of his third top-10 finish at Nashville before the race went to a record five overtimes. He finished 32nd after a crash.

Busch is 17th in the Cup standings with two top-five finishes and five top-10s. He has four DNFs in the last five races and only two top-15 finishes in the last seven races.

RCR has already made multiple changes to its competition department this season. The team put Justin Alexander back atop the No. 3 pit box after the spring race at Richmond Raceway.

Keith Rodden, who was Dillon's crew chief, took over as the interim competition director after longtime executive Andy Petree retired.

Both the No. 3 and No. 8 teams have shown speed at times this season, but they haven't been in contention for the wins that would put them into the playoffs. Yet Dillon hasn't seen any quit in the organization.

"Busch is) willing to fight each week in those competition meetings to try and make RCR better, and that's all he wants," Dillon said. "He wants to go out there and run well, and we're showing a commitment to go out there and get better.

"And that's all we're trying to do right now. Like I said, we want to make some good moves to make our organization where it needs to be, and I think you'll see those by the end of the year."

Dillon did not detail what these moves will be. These updates will come at a later date as the team looks ahead to 2025 and beyond.

Going from struggling to being back in contention is not something that happens overnight. This is especially true in the Next Gen era where teams are running essentially the same equipment and the competition is so close.

The process won't be easy, but Dillon is in it for the long haul.

"I'm really excited about where I'm at right now as a race car driver," Dillon said. "I've got two years on my contract, and just gonna go to work with KB.

"And same with him. He's got another year (on his contract) and an option with that. So we just want to go out there and put RCR where it needs to be and work hard."