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Crew Member Spotlight: Dustin Keath

If there is a crew member at Richard Childress Racing who has really enjoyed his time at the 45-year-old, family-owned race team – it’s tire specialist and front-tire carrier, Dustin Keath.

Keath, from Reading, Pa., was a part of the “return of the No. 3” to NASCAR competition in 2009 with driver Austin Dillon, won a NASCAR Series championship in 2011 and 2013, and has been a part of seven race wins. He continues to work on that same team today with driver Ty Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Hailing from the dirt tracks in the mountains of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley, Keath toured with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series as a mechanic for several years. In 2005 he landed a job with Team Dillon Racing which is the RCR-affiliated dirt car team. He moved to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when Mike Dillon, Vice President of Competition and father of Austin and Ty Dillon, asked him to be the tire specialist on the Danny Stockman-led team.

A father of three and husband of Amber, Keath enjoys keeping up with dirt car racing, personal fitness and Philadelphia’s professional sports teams.
We asked Keath a few questions about working on the 2014 No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/WESCO/Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet Camaro.

You can follow Dustin on Twitter, @thehandler3

What’s the mind-set going into Kentucky this weekend?
We seem to have pretty high expectations this week, considering we’ve won a lot there in the past. I think the morale is pretty good right now coming off back-to-back wins with the No. 33 and No. 62 team.

What are some of your biggest memories in racing?
Aside from winning the two championships in 2011 and 2013, I would probably say winning at Eldora Speedway last year with Austin (Dillon) in the truck race was pretty big. Outside of RCR, I got a few wins with Tim McCreedy Racing (dirt cars). At that point in my career, it was a pretty big deal. Also, racing with Rick Eckerd when we won four consecutive dirt car races.

Why was the Eldora win so memorable?
We raced there growing up, raced late models there with TDR, and visited the track frequently. So just getting a win there in a major series (NCWTS) was huge. It was an accomplished and rewarding feeling. It’s always your dream to win there – you could be racing tricycles there and still be excited.

What’s the biggest difference between last year and this year?

We had big expectations going into this season after winning a championship, and we’re definitely ready to win some races now. We have a few new crew members, a new driver, and the competition is stiffer. But we are really invested in this program and are all working together at winning a championship.

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