Austin Dillon To Drive Truck At Homestead
DENVER, N.C. – Sharp-Gallaher Racing announced today that NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader and 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Austin Dillon will drive the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.
Sharp-Gallaher Racing won the 2012 event at the 1.5-mile South Florida race track after an exciting last lap pass by Cale Gale.
“I’m a racer so when Sharp-Gallaher Racing presented me with the opportunity to race the No. 6 Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway I jumped at it,” said Dillon. “I love the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and my record in the Series is pretty good this year (one-for-one with the Eldora win). Racing in the Trucks will help me determine exactly what my Nationwide Series car needs as I try to battle for the Nationwide Series Championship, and Richard Childress Racing has an alliance with SGR. They run ECR Engines in their trucks. They put solid, competitive trucks on the track each week and won the race last year. I think we can put them in Victory Lane there again.”
Dillon is no stranger to the Camping World Truck Series. In his rookie season of competition in 2010, Dillon earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished fifth in the Driver’s Championship Point Standings, becoming only the second rookie to do so in nine seasons. He followed up his rookie season success by claiming the 2011 Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Championship title in RCR’s No. 3 Chevrolet, becoming the youngest champion in series history at 21 years, six months and 22 days.
He advanced to full-time Nationwide Series competition in 2012, securing Rookie of the Year honors on the strength of two race wins at Kentucky Speedway while leading the series in top-10 finishes. Now in his sophomore year in the Nationwide Series, Dillon leads the battle for the championship title by eight points over Sam Hornish Jr. going into the final race of the 2013 season.
“We are very excited to have Austin (Dillon) in the No. 6 Chevolet at Homestead,” said team co-owner Eddie Sharp Jr. “Austin is a very talented driver and will bring great experience to the organization. Max (Gresham) has shown a lot of improvement throughout the season and this is a great opportunity for him to work with a champion like Austin.”