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Driver: Austin Dillon

Crew Chief: Slugger Labbe

Austin Dillon

  • Driver, No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS
  • Date of Birth: 4/27/1990
  • Hometown: Welcome, N.C.
  • Residence: Welcome, N.C.
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Twitter: @AustinDillon3
  • Hobbies: Dirt Racing, Hunting, Fishing, Working Out, Music, Fantasy Football

Driver Bio:

Building off a 2015 season that included a career-best finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and four race wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon will continue to run double duty in 2016. Dillon will drive the historic No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/Cheerios Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series.

The sophomore Sprint Cup Series driver’s season was highlighted by a best career finish of fourth at Michigan International Speedway in August and a career-high five top-10 finishes among 39 laps led. In a season that included a crew chief change 17 races into the books, Dillon managed to finish the final 19 races with six top-10 starts and four top-10 finishes, earning a 21st-place showing in the final point standings.

While competing in a majority of the XFINITY Series races in 2015, Dillon earned wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Daytona International Speedway in July and Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

Also in 2015, Dillon won the 500th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race driving under the GMS Racing banner.

Dillon began his racing career in INEX Bandaleros and Legend Cars in 2005 before advancing to dirt Late Models in 2006. He won three major Dirt Late Model events in 2007, including the May All-Star Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway before competing in asphalt Late Model cars. He still considers dirt track racing among his favorite hobbies, and competes frequently for his family-owned Team Dillon Racing.

Dillon made his XFINITY Series debut at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on September 7, 2008, and followed that up with a fourth-place finish at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park on October 25, 2008. He earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished second in the 2008 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final point standings.

He drove in five different stock car series as an RCR development driver in 2009, including the XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series, K&N Pro Series East and West and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, where he scored two runner-up finishes. He also won his second All-Star Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2009.

In his rookie season of Camping World Truck Series competition in 2010, Dillon earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished fifth in the driver’s point standings, becoming only the second rookie to do so in nine seasons. After finishing outside the top 10 in five of his first seven Camping World Truck Series races, Dillon rebounded to end the season with 16 top-10 finishes and earned race wins at Iowa Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dillon competed in one XFINITY Series race in 2010, driving the No. 21 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Dillon made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway in October 2011 driving an entry prepared by RCR and owned by Curb-Agajanian Racing.

He drove the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick, Inc. in four XFINITY Series races in 2011, earning one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

In 2011, Dillon earned the Camping World Truck Series driver’s championship in RCR’s No. 3 Chevrolet. He secured Camping World Truck Series race victories at Nashville Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway, 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes and led the series in pole awards with five. He was voted the Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver by fans in 2011.

The Welcome, N.C., driver finished third in the driver point standings during his first year of full-time XFINITY Series competition in 2012 and earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year Honors. He also made one Sprint Cup Series start, finishing 24th at Michigan International Speedway in June.

Dillon earned the XFINITY Series driver’s championship in 2013, garnering back-to-back wins at Kentucky Speedway in 2013 and accruing 10 pole awards, including the record for most consecutive poles in the series history with seven.

He made 11 starts in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013, which was highlighted by an impressive third-place run in the second Duel at Daytona race and an eighth-place starting position in his first Daytona 500 start.

Also in 2013, he won the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, marking the first NASCAR national series win on dirt since 1970.

Dillon brought back the legendary No. 3 to Sprint Cup Series competition in 2014, reviving the number, which had been inactive in Cup since Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident in the 2001 Daytona 500. His season was highlighted by a pole for the season-opening Daytona 500, marking his career-first Sprint Cup Series pole, and a fifth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in July. Dillon finished 20th in the final point standings and was one of just two drivers to finish every race.

He also competed in eight Camping World Truck Series races in 2014, winning at Pocono Raceway.

Before he began his racing career, Dillon played stick-and-ball sports and appeared in the 2002 Little League World Series.
 

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