Thursday, April 27, 2017

Austin Dillon Born In Lewisville, North Carolina - April 27, 1990

April 27, 1990
Austin Dillon
Born in Lewisville, North Carolina, USA.
He is the son of former driver and RCR general manager Mike Dillon, brother of Ty Dillon and grandson of Richard Childress. Dillon played in the 2002 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He currently drives the No. 3 Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He also drives the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for RCR in the Xfinity Series on a part-time basis. He also drives the No. 99 Chevrolet Silverado for MDM Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series on a part-time basis.

After winning Rookie of the Year in the Camping World Truck Series in 2010, Dillon won the Truck Series championship in 2011, and later the Nationwide Series Championship in 2013, also one year after his ROTY title in 2012. He holds the record for most consecutive poles in the Nationwide Series with four.

On December 11, 2013, it was announced by RCR that Dillon will drive the #3 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Cheerios and The Dow Chemical Company as the primary sponsors. It would be the #3 car's first Sprint Cup appearance in 13 years. During 2014 Daytona 500 qualifying, Dillon clinched the pole position with a speed of 196.019 miles per hour and posted a 9th place finish. Dillon ended the 2014 Cup season as one of only two drivers to have been running at the finish of every race during the season, the other being Jeff Gordon. He finished second in the rookie of the year standings to Kyle Larson. Dillon finished 21st in the 2015 Sprint Cup standings.

Dillon competed part-time in the Xfinity Series in 2016, splitting the No. 2 of RCR with six other drivers. On the final lap of the Xfinity race in Fontana, Dillon battled with Kyle Busch, whose car had cut a left front tire, the two making contact as they approached the finish. Dillon's car hit the turn four wall but was able to hang on for the win.

In the Cup Series, Dillon won two Poles, the first coming at Auto Club and the second coming at the second Texas race. At the first Talladega Cup race, Dillon scored a career-best 3rd place finish after getting caught up in two big crashes. He then also qualified for his first Chase for the Sprint Cup; though he advanced out of the Round of 16, he was eliminated in the following round.

Dillon got engaged to former NFL cheerleader, Whitney Ward, on August 9, 2016. 

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