Austin Hill is competing in his rookie NASCAR Xfinity Series season for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Hill is making the jump to the Xfinity Series after spending four seasons competing fulltime in the NASCAR Truck Series. He racked up eight wins, three poles, 27 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes in 119 starts for Hattori Racing Enterprises. Hill qualified for the Playoffs three times (2019, 2020 and 2021) and finished a career-best fifth in the championship standings in 2020.
In 2021, Hill won the inaugural Truck Series race on the dirt at Knoxville Raceway surviving a chaotic event to go to victory lane. He won the next event on the schedule at Watkins Glen International, giving him multiple wins in three consecutive seasons. Hill finished with eight top fives and 15 top 10s and was credited with ninth-place in the final standings.
In 2020, Hill captured the NASCAR Truck Series regular-season championship title. He won races at Kansas Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway but two DNFs in the Playoffs ruined his chances to contend for a championship. Hill finished sixth in the final standings with 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 23 races.
After competing full-time in the Truck Series in 2018, Hill enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. He won four races in 2019 highlighted by his first-career victory in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway. He added wins at Michigan International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway plus won three pole positions. He finished fifth in the series championship standings with seven top fives and 13 top 10s.
Hill has made 15 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series scattered in three seasons from 2019-2021. His best finish was a fifth-place effort in the fall event at Kansas Speedway in 2020 and he has four other top-10 finishes in those starts.
Before leaping into a partial Truck Series schedule in 2016, Hill built a solid platform in the K&N Pro Series East with running fulltime in 2014 and 2015. He won four races in those two full seasons along with one pole. He claimed 12 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. In 2014, Hill placed fifth in the championship standings and one year later claimed third in the standings in 2015.
Hill started his racing career at the age of six in Quarter Midgets. He won the 2002 Quarter Midget championship at his home track in Cumming, Ga. and went on to excel in Bandolero, Legends Semi-Pro Series and Pro Late Model Series racing.
Hill resides in Catawba, N.C., with his wife Ashlyn and children Lynnlee, Kenslee and Barrett.
Andy Street is the crew chief of the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro SS for Richard Childress Racing with driver Austin Hill in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 2023 marks the pair’s second year working together, as well as Street’s fourth year as a crew chief and his 20th overall with the Welcome, N.C.-based company.
During the duo’s first season working together in 2022, Street guided Hill to two NASCAR Xfinity Series race wins (Daytona International Speedway – February and Atlanta Motor Speedway – July) among 21 top-10 finishes and advanced to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. Hill was also named the Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year.
Prior to working with Hill, Street spent the 2021 season working with driver Myatt Snider in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Together, they won at Homestead-Miami Speedway and claimed 11 top-10 finishes enroute to a berth in the NASCAR Playoffs. During his first year as a crew chief for RCR, Street worked with a multi-driver lineup of Snider, Anthony Alfredo, Kaz Grala and Earl Bamber, earning five top-five finishes and a season-best third-place effort at Texas Motor Speedway with Alfredo.
In 2018 Street took a brief hiatus from NASCAR and the RCR organization to work as the crew co-chief for Tanner Gray in the National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock division, winning the division title before returning back to RCR.
Prior to his contributions to RCR’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program, Street worked in a variety of positions at RCR, including team engineer and design engineer specializing in chassis and suspension systems. He played a vital role as team engineer within RCR’s Cup Series program, helping deliver success across the board. Most notably, Street worked with drivers Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, combining to win 10 races. Street also played a key role in the team’s Research and Development program, which elevated the entire organization’s competition department. His career at RCR began in 2003.
The Kernersville, N.C. native competed in drag racing events while he was still in high school, earning his first win in 1996 at Farmington Dragway. He competed in the Sportsman Bracket program behind the wheel of a 1972 Chevrolet Nova and a 1981 Chevrolet Camaro.
Street earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.