Austin Dillon is the driver of the No. 3 Dow/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.
Justin Alexander returns as crew chief for Austin Dillon and the No. 3 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2018 season. After serving as crew chief for the No. 2 NASCAR XFINITY Series team for the first eight races of the 2017 season, Alexander was promoted to the MENCS with Dillon in May. In their first start together, Alexander made a fuel mileage call that put Dillon, RCR and the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet back in Victory Lane. The victory was a career-first for both Alexander and Dillon.
Working together for a total of 25 races, Alexander led Dillon and the No. 3 team to one win, two top-five and three-top 10 finishes, that culminated with a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs.
Before making the jump to the MENCS, Alexander led the No. 2 NXS team to five top-five and six top-10 finishes working with Dillon and Ben Kennedy.
After serving as the crew chief of the No. 27 MENCS team at RCR in 2016, Alexander assumed the role of crew chief of the No. 2 Chevrolet in July of that year and called the shots for the final 14 races of the season, working with a variety of drivers including Dillon, Paul Menard, Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael McDowell. Alexander made his first trip to Victory Lane, just one week after assuming his role as crew chief of the No. 2 team at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2016 and again the following week at Road America. In total, Alexander captured seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Alexander, 36, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University where he struck up a friendship with Luke Lambert, crew chief for Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Chevrolet team. The two met while participating in the Formula SAE program and became roommates during and after college.
The Charlotte, North Carolina, native started his NASCAR career at Hendrick Motorsports as a shock specialist for the No. 24 and No. 48 teams in 2003. Two years later, he became the lead engineer on the No. 48 team and moved to an R&D engineer in 2006. In 2009, he was named lead engineer for the No. 24 team. During his tenure, Alexander was part of five MENCS championships.
Following his aspirations of becoming a crew chief, Alexander joined RCR and the No. 27 team in January 2014 as lead engineer. Throughout 36 races of the 2014 season, Alexander contributed to the team’s career-best of five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
The 2015 premiere series season marked Alexander’s first as a full-time crew chief in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Alexander led the No. 27 team to its first bid in the Chase for the championship, ultimately finishing 14th in the championship driver point standings. With Alexander’s guidance on the pit box, Menard collected two top-five, five top-10 and 20 top-15 finishes. Alexander received four of the prestigious MOOG Problem Solver of the Race awards throughout the season. This award is presented to the crew chief that makes the biggest gain in lap average speed in the second half of each race.