Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Austin Dillon to drive the #3 in Sprint Cup.

Austin Dillon shows off his new Sprint Cup colors. 
It was inevitable. Way back in the day, Richard Childress hinted that he'd run the #3 car when his grand kids got to Sprint Cup. Well, purists, that day has come. Austin Dillon will run the #3 Chevy out the RCR garage for the 2014 season.

Dillon joins Paul Menard, who will drive the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet with crew chief "Slugger" Labbe, and Ryan Newman, who will drive the No. 31 Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/Wix Filters Chevrolet with crew chief Luke Lambert, as full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers under the RCR banner in 2014.

Dillon's program will be led by crew chief Gil Martin, a 13-year veteran of the organization who led Kevin Harvick to six chase berths. Dow and General Mills' Cheerios brand will be the primary brands featured on the #3 Chevrolet SS throughout the season.

"My grandfather and everyone at RCR have done a great job of not pushing me too quickly into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Dillon. "I feel like I've been able to spend adequate time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series preparing for this next step in my career. I am thrilled to be making this move with partners like Dow and Cheerios, along with some long-time partners who have supported me and RCR throughout my career. I am truly grateful and looking forward to this opportunity."

Photo Credit: Harold Hinson

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