Dustin Stanley, shock specialist on the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series grew up near the heart of racing in Lewisville, N.C. and calls North Wilkesboro Speedway his home track. Stanley has been in racing for over 15 years and enters his 10th season with Richard Childress Racing, and third apart of the No. 2 team. The 35-year-old has one goal this season – to win races. “If you are winning races, then everything else tends to take care of itself,” said Stanley.
Six Questions with Dustin Stanley:
How did you get into racing?
All of my family is from Wilkes County, North Carolina so the whole racing thing was pretty much always there for me between my dad and granddads. I never got to race there, but North Wilkesboro Speedway is what I call my home track. It was cool when we got to be the first cup car to go back there and test with Kevin Harvick on the 29 in 2010. One uncle of mine, Eddie Reynolds, co-owned Hayes-Reynolds wrecker service a mile from the track and he worked a lot of the races for the speedway. My other uncle, Al Basnight was an official for a lot of years for various NASCAR divisions. We also had family that worked for Holly Farms and they sponsored that race for many years. My uncles were a big part of me getting into the sport, and a part of me races to honor them.
What was your most memorable racing moment?
One of my most memorable racing moments was winning back-to-back races at Fontana and Martinsville in 2011 with Kevin Harvick.
What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be an architect.
If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
Well, after racing for 15 years in the sport I am not sure. It gets in your blood. It would have to be something helping people though. Nothing feels as good as giving back. I am a proud supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
What is your favorite place to eat in Darlington?
The past few years we have eaten at Percy and Willie’s.
Do you have any great memories about racing at Darlington?
I sat on the pole with Clint Bowyer on the 07 car in 2007.