The move of Austin Dillon to the NASCAR Nationwide Series may have been one of the worst kept secrets in the garage area. Dillon, who has shown in his limited number of Nationwide starts that he is more than capable than running in the series. With the merger between Kevin Harvick Incorporated and Richard Childress Racing, most put ‘two and two’ together to make the assumption that Dillon would be driving in the Nationwide Series in 2012.
It was relieved on Friday morning at the Texas Motor Speedway the exact plans of the deal.
Dillon will compete for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship for Richard Childress Racing, receiving sponsorship from the AvoCare brand for 20 races on the 2012 tour.
The move also includes Dillon driving the #3 for the season. The number made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt has been a major part of the Childress family’s racing ventures from the beginning of the organization.
“We are excited to have AdvoCare on board as Austin makes the full time step into the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet.” said team owner/grandfather Richard Childress.
“AdvoCare is a company with a great culture that creates a great fit with RCR. We look forward to working closely with them and the other partners on the No. 3 team to build a competitive and successful program.”
President and CEO of AdvoCare Richard Wright expressed his excitement on the deal.
“This extraordinary opportunity is the next step forward in our strategic efforts to take AdvoCare to new heights.”
“Continuing our solid history with the motorsports community, we are proud to partner with Richard Childress Racing to bring back the No. 3 car in the Nationwide Series with Austin Dillon as the driver. This is the start of an exciting era for both AdvoCare and Richard Childress Racing.”
The move to the ‘next level’ will also include 2-3 Sprint Cup starts for Dillon for Richard Childress Racing at tracks yet to be determined.
“I want to thank my mom and my grandma for giving me my talent, ” said Dillon jokingly.
Dillon, who has shown nothing but pure, ‘raw’ talent over the course of his two full-time season in the Truck Series will no doubt be looking for the same, if not more, amount of success that he has found as a ‘tailgater’.
No doubt, a big day for the entire Childress/Dillon family.