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Dillon is a rising star in the
NASCAR Nationwide Series

He returns to Sparta to defend
his two-race NNS victories

(June 2013) – Known for his out-of-the-box thinking, Austin Dillon brings a new attitude to stock car racing. Replacing the standard sponsor-logo cap with a cowboy hat, gives only a glimpse at what Dillon has in store for fans and critics alike.

Feed the Children

Dillon, 26, a Lewisville, N.C., native, has stock car racing in his blood. As the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Dillon has quickly moved up in rankings to earn his own spot on the charts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
He’s the son of former NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike Dillon and grandson of Sprint Cup car owner Richard Childress. Dillon is fast proving he can stand on his own, while living up to the family reputation in the world of racing.
Dillon currently drives the No. 3 AdvoCare-Bass Pro Shops-American Ethanol Chevrolet Camero fulltime for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. His younger brother, Ty Dillon, also races for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Dillon returns to the Kentucky Speed-way June 29 to defend his track win from last September. In that race on Sept. 21, he became the first driver to win two series races in the same season at the Sparta, Ky. track. He did so in dramatic fashion, sailing his car beneath Sam Hornish Jr.’s car at the finish to win by 1.059 seconds.

Austin Dillon

Dillon

Earlier last season, on June 28, Dillon won the “Feed the Children 300” Nationwide Series race at Kentucky by leading 192 of 200 laps en route to his first series victory. Dillon became the seventh NNS driver to win at Kentucky in a series debut and set a new series track record for largest margin of victory. The then-25-year-old beat Kyle Busch by 9.828 seconds.
But his joy was short-lived. An hour after his trip to victory lane, NASCAR officials announced the car had failed post-race inspection. They said the rear ride heights were too low. This penalty cost Dillon six points and the championship lead, dropping him to second place.
Dillon has had an impressive career from the start, earning the 2008 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. He had one pole and 10 top-10 finishes in 13 races. That same year, his best career finish was at Memphis Motor-sports Park.
For two consecutive years, 2008 and 2009, Dillon drove the No. 2 Chevrolet Impala part time for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He made his Nationwide Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7, 2008. He then scored a fourth-place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park on Oct. 25, 2008.
Dillon, at 23, tested his hand at the Truck Series in 2009 when he made his first Camping World Truck Series start at Iowa Speedway. He raced a full schedule in 2010 and 2011.
Dillon scored his first win of the 2011 season at Nashville Superspeedway. His second win came at Chicagoland Speedway when he beat out veteran racers Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch for the win. He was given the title of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion for 2011 and the Most Popular Driver Award.
Dillon made his first career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Oct. 9, 2011, finishing 26th.
Last year, Dillon moved up to the Nationwide Series fulltime, driving No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing. He scored top-five finishes in each of the first two races of the 2012 Nationwide Series season, with his first victory coming at Kentucky in June.

He has continued driving full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2013, and has scheduled seven Sprint Cup Series races.

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