Austin Dillon is the driver of the No. 3 American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing, competing in his fifth full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Dillon, 27, is a two-time NASCAR champion, having won the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s championship and the 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series driver’s championship. Dillon notched his first-career Cup Series victory on May 28, 2017, in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, returning the legendary No. 3 car to Victory Lane for the first time in 17 years. Dillon is a 16-time winner in NASCAR’s top-three touring series.
In his third year driving the No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon’s premiere series season was highlighted by his first Chase berth, which took him as far as The Round of 12 and, ultimately, a 14th-place finish in the final point standings. He earned pole awards at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and Texas Motor Speedway, a career-high four top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes with 17 laps led.
While competing in a majority of the XFINITY Series races in 2016, Dillon earned wins at Auto Club Speedway in March and Bristol Motor Speedway in August.
Dillon began his racing career in INEX Bandoleros 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 International Raceway on September 7, 2008, and followed that up with a fourth-place finish at Memphis 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, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR 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 premier 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, North Carolina, 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 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 premier 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 premiere series competition in 2014, reviving the number, which had been inactive in the premiere series 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-premiere 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.
Dillon’s sophomore premiere series season in 2015 was highlighted by a fourth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August among five top-10 finishes and 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 four 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 Camping World Truck Series race driving under the GMS Racing banner.
Before he began his racing career, Dillon played stick-and-ball sports and appeared in the 2002 Little League World Series.
Danny Stockman will once again be teamed up with Austin Dillon, this year working as the crew chief on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Stockman, a two-time NASCAR champion-winning crew chief will begin his 10th season with Richard Childress Racing this year.
During the past two seasons, Stockman served as the crew chief for Daniel Hemric and the No. 21 Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In that time, he led the team to two consecutive appearances in the Xfinity Series Playoffs. In 59 races together, they earned 22 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes, as well as five pole awards.
For the final 16 races of the 2016 season, Stockman was called up from the XFINITY Series to serve as crew chief for Paul Menard and the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet team in the NASCAR premier series. Prior to Stockman’s transition, the Yucaipa, California, native earned one victory, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes with the No. 2 XFINITY Series team.
Stockman is a third-generation racer, as his grandfather (Harry) attempted to qualify for the 1953 Indianapolis 500, and his father (Gary) was a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief for former driver Rick McCrae. He grew up in the racing industry and traveled with his father to half of the NCWTS races from 1996 to 1999.
A former racer himself, Stockman drove Super Late Models on the West Coast from 2000 to 2003 before employment at Orleans Racing. He is also an experienced go-kart racer, earning victories and championships in California.
Stockman won the 2003 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Division championship as car chief for Scott Lynch and the No. 08 Orleans Racing team earning three wins, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He also served as truck chief for Orleans Racing’s No. 62 team with Steve Park in 2004 and the No. 77 team with driver Brendan Gaughan in 2005.
In his first year as a crew chief in the Truck Series, Stockman guided Austin Dillon to Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 on the strength of two wins (Iowa Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway), seven pole awards, seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Stockman earned his first win as a crew chief at Iowa Speedway in July of 2010, just 11 races into his tenure as crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. During the 2011 Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship season, the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team recorded two wins (Nashville Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway) among 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
In his first full year as a crew chief in the XFINITY Series in 2012, Stockman led the No. 3 team to two wins, both coming at Kentucky Speedway, in addition to three pole awards, 16 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.
In 33 XFINITY Series starts in 2013, he guided Austin Dillon to a series-record seven poles, 13 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes, earning the championship title. The championship was Stockman’s second with RCR, his first came in 2011 in the Camping World Truck Series, also with Austin Dillon. Also in 2013, Stockman also led the No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet Silverado to Victory Lane for the inaugural “Mudsummer Classic” at Eldora Speedway.
Stockman assumed crew chief duties for Ty Dillon when he made the transition to the XFINITY Series in 2014. The 32-year-old crew chief earned one win at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, seven top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, three pole awards and finished fifth in the driver championship point standings.
Stockman and Austin Dillon reunited after a brief hiatus apart in 2015, earning victories at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. They also accrued runner-up finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stockman also led Menard to a victory at his home state track at Road America in August 2015, marking Menard’s third win in the XFINITY Series.