Austin Dillon’s historic Coca-Cola 600 win Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway undoubtedly was the biggest win of his NASCAR career. The victory cemented his name into the history books and catapulted the 27-year-old driver into the limelight this past week.
“I haven’t slowed down enough to really let this sink in,” Dillon said Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. “But I’m glad to be back at the race track.”
His week has been a whirlwind, to say the least, including a trip to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the Closing Bell, to throwing out the first pitch at the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball game. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights:
Monday, 12:20 a.m.
Dillon wins his first-career Cup Series race, returning the No. 3 Chevrolet to Victory Lane for the first time in 17 years. The celebration begins.
Monday, 2:30 a.m.
Dillon, Richard Childress, crew chief Justin Alexander and team gather in the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway to receive his Coke 600 champion jacket and have a champagne toast. In front of nearly 200 fans in the early morning hours of Memorial Day, Dillon is crowned the champion.
Monday, 4:30 a.m.
Dillon returns to his home in Welcome, North Carolina to a large group of friends, family and teammates. To celebrate, Dillon does a burnout with his 2017 Chevrolet Camaro in his barn.
Monday, 4 p.m.
The celebration continues. Friends, family and teammates gather at Dillon’s house for a Memorial Day pool party.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., 4:45 p.m.
Dillon and his fiancée, Whitney, Childress and other RCR personnel fly to New York City to tour the New York Stock Exchange and ring the Closing Bell. Dillon is with executives from Speedway Motorsports, NASCAR and Coca-Cola. The group has dinner in New York City, capped with a champagne toast, before flying back to North Carolina. Coincidentally, Dillon runs into Indy 500 champion, Takuma Sato, in the airport before boarding.
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Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Dillon arrives at RCR to meet with media members in the banquet hall in front of the race-winning car and Victory Lane backdrop. Dillon speaks for nearly 45 minutes on camera.
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Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.
RCR’s quarterly lunch brings its 550 employees together to celebrate and enjoy a meal together. Dillon addresses the crowd and talks about how important the win was for RCR and ECR Engines. Following Dillon’s remarks, he presents the windshield of the race winning car to the Harris Family, who are in attendance. Their son, Josh, was honored on the windshield of the No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet Sunday night. Josh lost his life in August 2008 while serving as a Navy SEAL.
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Wednesday, 7 p.m.
It’s Dillon Brothers bobble head night at the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball game. Austin arrives early to take batting practice, meet with the team, sign some autographs and throw out the first pitch for the game versus the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
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Thursday, 9 a.m.
It’s the 16th annual Drive for Autism golf tournament at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Friday, 12:45 p.m.
Back at the racetrack in the No. 3 AAA Mid-Atlantic Chevrolet SS, Dillon is 19th fastest in first Cup practice. He meets with the members of the media to discuss the previous week’s win and the race at Dover International Speedway.