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. He is also competing in his 11th season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, this year driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Nick Harrison calling the shots atop the pit box.
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.
Crew chief Nick Harrison returns to Richard Childress Racing for the 2018 season, leading the No. 3 NASCAR Xfinity Series team with drivers Austin and Ty Dillon, Shane Lee, Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan.
During the 2016 season, Harrison was partnered with Ty Dillon and qualified for the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase. Together, Harrison and Dillon finished fifth in the Xfinity Series point standings on the strength of nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. The duo also earned a pole award at Daytona International Speedway in February.
The Columbia, Tennessee, native, began his racing career at the age of 14, where he and best friend Steadman Marlin – son of veteran NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin – started racing late models at the local fairgrounds in Nashville. These local short track races were Harrison’s first experience serving as a crew chief.
After graduating high school, Harrison took a job as crew chief at Sadler Racing. During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, he and Steadman Marlin competed in 10 Xfinity Series races. During the winter of 2002, Harrison moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he served as crew chief for Marlin during Braun Racing’s first venture in the Xfinity Series.
In 2005, Harrison assumed the role as car chief at Brewco Motorsports in Central City, Kentucky for driver David Green. The following year he teamed back up with Marlin for several races on the Xfinity Series schedule with Sadler Brothers Racing.
Harrison joined Phoenix Racing as car chief in 2008 and moved into the role of crew chief during the 2010 season. While not officially listed as crew chief, Harrison earned his first premiere series victory atop the pit box with Brad Keselowski in the April 2009 race at Talladega Superspeedway. He earned his first-career Xfinity Series win with Kurt Busch at Daytona International Speedway in July 2012.
Harrison first joined the RCR organization in October 2013. During the 2014 season, Harrison served a combined role, acting as crew chief of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the Xfinity Series and as crew chief on a limited basis in the premiere series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as part of a R&D program, working with drivers Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton and Cale Conley.
That season, Harrison scored an Xfinity Series win with Menard at Michigan International Speedway and a Camping World Truck Series win with Austin Dillon at Pocono Raceway. He also earned a pole award in the premiere series with Scott at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2015, Harrison and Austin Dillon went to Victory Lane twice, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.