AUSTIN DILLON: FROM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BECOMES NASCAR’S RISING STAR
Added by Steven Bassin on June 15, 2013.
A young driver has been making a name for himself on the NASCAR circuit this season. Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon put himself on the map this past season by being named NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year.
This season, Dillon hasn’t lost a beat, starting strong with three top five finishes, including a runner-up position at the Iowa Speedway last Sunday. He led by more laps than any driver in the race and currently ranks fourth in the nationwide standings. For Dillon, this is a dream come true.
During an interview on June 12, Dillon discussed his success this season and feels that he and his crew have been putting out solid cars (for) every race, giving themselves a good shot at winning. Dillon also mentioned that the car he drove last week would have competed well in the Sprint Cup Series Race, where the best drivers in NASCAR duel it out on the racetrack.
Dillon, who has raced in three Sprint Cup series and at Daytona this year, is on track to becoming a full-time Sprint Cup driver next year. Futhermore, he talked about bringing back the #3 Chevrolet car for Childress Racing that was famously driven back in the day by Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.
“It’s an honor to be racing in this car.” said Dillon. “When I was growing up Dale Earnhardt was my favorite driver.”
“And every time he would win we would get pizza.” Dillon joked.
Dillon is somewhat of a racing legacy as he reigns from a famous family of racers. His grandfather is Richard Childress, a former NASCAR driver and current team owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR). His father, Mike Dillon, is a former race driver and general manager at RCR. His brother, Ty Dillon, races for RCR in the Camping World Truck Series.
The last man to drive RCR’s race car #3, Dale Earnhardt, was a Hall of Fame driver and the most popular face of NASCAR in his day. In the next five to ten years, we could see the face of NASCAR in the hands of Austin Dillon.
As for his future, Dillon has a bright career ahead of him in NASCAR. He was Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide Series and has had a strong showing this season. He has been proving to NASCAR and his fans that he will be a main stage driver in the years to come.