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 for Austin Hill and the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Street will lead Hill in his rookie season and the duo will be working together for the first time.
In 2021, Street served as the crew chief for Myatt Snider and the No. 2 team for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Together, they earned one win (Homestead-Miami Speedway), one top five and 11 top 10 finishes. With their win, they were automatically locked into the Playoffs.
Street, who was promoted to the crew chief position in the 2020 season, earned five top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, as well as one pole award with four different drivers rotating in and out of the No. 21 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.
Street joined Richard Childress Racing in 2003 as a design and test engineer. Since then, the Kernersville, North Carolina native has served RCR in a variety of positions including team engineer and design engineer specializing in chassis and suspension systems. Street has also played a key role in the team’s R&D program, helping to elevate the entire organization’s competition.
Street also played a vital role as a team engineer within RCR’s Cup Series program, helping deliver success across the board. He most notably worked with Cup Series stars, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, to win a combined 10 races.
Street took a brief hiatus from NASCAR, where he served as co-crew chief to Tanner Gray’s 2018 NHRA Pro Stock Championship run. Upon winning the NHRA Championship, Street promptly returned to RCR. The 2022 season will mark Street’s 19th season with the historic Welcome-based organization.
He is a former drag racer and spent many of his high school days on the road traveling around the state driving a 1972 Chevrolet Nova in the sportsman bracket program as well as a 1981 Chevrolet Camaro in the local top sportsman series. He got his first win, of many, in 1996 at Farmington Dragway.
Street holds a mechanical engineering degree from UNC Charlotte and currently resides in Lexington, NC with his wife Lauren, daughter Addison and son Andrew.