Austin Dillon Makes Plans To Enter This Weekend’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events At Winchester & Selinsgrove
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Ready To Drive Iconic No. 3 Machine On Virginia & Pennsylvania Clay
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
CONCORD, NC – Aug. 24, 2012 – Fast-rising NASCAR star Austin Dillon plans to end a nearly two-year absence from World of Outlaws Late Model Series competition this weekend by entering tour events on Saturday night (Aug. 25) at Winchester (Va.) Speedway and Sunday evening (Aug. 26) at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.
The grandson of famed NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, Dillon won the 2011 Camping World Truck Series championship and is currently battling for the Nationwide Series title in his first year as a regular. He will arrive at Winchester for Saturday’s Ernie D’s & Gunter’s Honey 50 after racing his Richard Childress Racing AdvoCare/Bass Pro Shops Chevy No. 3 in tonight’s Nationwide Series event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Dillon, 22, of Lewisville, N.C., has entered 21 WoO LMS shows and started eight A-Mains since making his debut on the full-fender circuit as a fresh-faced 16-year-old in February 2007, but he hasn’t appeared in a World of Outlaws race since Oct. 13, 2010, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. He finished seventh in that A-Main, one of three career top-10 WoO LMS placings on his resume.
A Nationwide Series winner at Kentucky Speedway this season, Dillon competes in selected dirt Late Model and open-wheel Modified events when his NASCAR schedule allows. He has made seven dirt Late Model starts in 2012 with a top finish of fourth in a DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature on July 10 at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. He also finished third in June’s Prelude to the Dream, the charity race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, that featured more than two dozen stars from the NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA and World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuits.
Dillon, whose career-best WoO LMS finish is sixth (Nov. 5, 2009, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte), will drive a Team Dillon Warrior chassis dirt Late Model carrying the iconic No. 3 at Winchester and Selinsgrove. He will make his first career start at both tracks.
Dillon will be one of two drivers from the NASCAR Nationwide Series in action at Winchester and Selinsgrove, joining two-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. Richards left the World of Outlaws tour in April to pursue his NASCAR aspirations, but a break in his stock-car schedule allowed him to return to the circuit last week and run the next four races as well.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filter, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.