First look: Austin Dillon’s patriotic paint scheme revealed

There typically are plenty of stars and stripes at the Daytona summer race. Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will keep that tradition going this weekend at the 2.5-mile track.

The July 1 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) also is the conclusion of the annual NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola initiative, something in which American Ethanol — the sponsor on Dillon’s No. 3 — wanted to take part.

Veterans make up 19 percent of American Ethanol industry’s work force, so the scheme coincides nicely with the Independence Day Weekend race.

On Tuesday, NASCAR also announced NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will bear the names of active military units and installations on their race car windshields during Friday’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as part of the NASCAR Salutes platform.

Military installations like U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division are among the military units and installations from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that will replace the XFINITY header on NASCAR XFINITY Series cars.

Here’s another look at Dillon’s scheme:

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