Austin Dillon 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Pressure? What pressure? Austin Dillon sits on the launching pad of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career with younger brother, Ty, as a rival just a few years behind him in the NASCAR pipeline, a famous grandfather (his car owner) Richard Childress and a RCR Chevrolet SS carrying the No. 3 made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt. To prepare for the task at hand, Dillon raced 11 times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013 for Stewart-Haas Racing, Phoenix Racing and Circle Sport Racing. His best finish was 11th in June’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Dillon and his trademark cowboy hat figure to be a fixture in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for years to come.
Dillon has climbed the NASCAR ladder in spectacular fashion. He won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in 2013 becoming only the third driver to win both the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles joining Greg Biffle and Johnny Benson. He won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 2012 at Kentucky Speedway in dominating style, leading 192 laps of the 200-lap event and holding off veteran driver Kurt Busch. Dillon swept both Kentucky events that season. He went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. In 2011, his second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Dillon won twice and had 10 top fives and 16 top 10s in a 25-race season on the way to the championship. Dillon earned the truck series’ Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 3 Cheerios Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: April 27, 1990
Hometown: Welcome, N.C.
Team Owner: Richard Childress
Crew Chief: Gil Martin