Dillon, No. 3 team extend Nationwide title celebration
December 16, 2013, NASCAR Official Release, NASCAR.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Dillon, the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver champion, and his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide team – led by crew chief Danny Stockman, were honored today with a full day – and evening – of activities, hosted by series sponsor Nationwide Insurance in its headquarters’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
This is the sixth consecutive year Nationwide Insurance has welcomed the series driver champion to its home turf, and the second time an RCR driver has been honored (Clint Bowyer, 2008). Following the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards on Nov. 18, Monday's schedule allows Dillon’s championship celebration to continue a bit longer.
"It has been a big week," said Dillon, who last week announced that he will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014. "I’m thankful for Nationwide Insurance and everybody that has made it possible for us to race in such a great series. I’m looking forward to being at Champion’s Day in Columbus. It is an honor and a privilege to represent Nationwide as their champion today. I am excited to celebrate this championship with my team."
The day began with a visit to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Then Dillon and the No. 3 team received a tour of Nationwide’s corporate headquarters, participated in an exclusive Q&A session and signed autographs for Nationwide associates on site.
Following lunch, the driver champion team headed to The Ohio State University for a tour of the famed Woody Hayes Athletic Complex, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ football practice facility.
Late this afternoon and early evening, the team travels to Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, for a tour of the facility and a game of broomball on the Jackets’ home ice.
A unique experience follows as team members will be once again be introduced to a Columbus, Ohio original: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Jeni’s was a garage favorite earlier this year at the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio.
The day concludes with a short trip back to Nationwide Arena for "NASCAR Night" where the team will enjoy the 7 p.m. ET matchup between the Blue Jackets and the Winnipeg Jets and be recognized at the game.