Austin Dillon (born April 27, 1990) is an American stock car racing driver. He is the son of former driver and RCR general manager Mike Dillon and grandson of Richard Childress. He is a rookie and currently drives the No.3 Dow Chemical Company/General Mills Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
After winning Rookie of the Year in the Truck Series in 2010, Dillon won the Truck Series championship in 2011, and later the Nationwide Series Championship in 2013.
There has been a lot of discussion about bringing the #3 back. It has not been seen on the track since the death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Richard Childress who owns the number spent a great deal of time and effort getting the opinions of everyone who was close to Dale on board with the idea.
Austin has been running the number ever since his entry into racing, first in the truck series and later in Nationwide. He also runs it on his dirt racecars. He has grown up around the sport. His brother Ty also races. Dillon grew up around Richard Childress Racing and, along with younger brother Ty, impressed employees with their work ethic, humility and respectful nature. “Coming to the shop so many days of my entire life, it’s my family,” he said. “I know almost all the employees because I’m there every day.”
Now he’ll be tasked with not only bringing RCR’s family number back to the track at the Daytona 500, but trying to win with it. He’ll do it from the best starting position possible, the pole position on race day.