As if Austin Dillon’s year wasn’t already going well enough, leading the point standings in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with five races remaining, he also gets the opportunity to attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend at the Kansas Speedway. Add to that, Dillon gets the honor of carrying the President Ronald Reagan Centennial Foundation on the side of his Mike Curb owned, and Richard Childress Racing built Chevrolet.
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If he is able to qualify for Sunday’s race, Dillon will join the likes of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, as drivers that have raced under the Curb banner in the Cup Series. A thing in which not many people can say.
“It’s an honor to make my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut with the support of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, Mike Curb and Camping World,” Dillon said. “I think this weekend will be an opportunity to get experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and to race at a totally different level while highlighting the accomplishments of one of our nation’s greatest leaders.”
The weekend could also be a special one for owner Mike Curb. If Dillon is able to qualify for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, it will mark the 100th Cup start for a Curb owned car. Curb, who was the car owner for Richard Petty when he won his 200th, and final NASCAR Cup race in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona. The race in which President of the United States, Ronal Reagan was in attendance. Curb also fielded the car that the late Dale Earnhardt drove to his first Cup championship in 1980.
“The Reagan Foundation is honored to join with Mike Curb and Richard Childress for this historic tribute,” said Stewart McLaurin, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “Mike Curb and Ronald Reagan were great friends and it is a reflection of that friendship that this race connects the legacy of Ronald Reagan with the next generation of American leaders like Austin Dillon.”
A first venture in the top form of stock car racing in the United States is no easy task, but with the solid support Dillon has behind him through Childress, Curb and the Ronald Reagan Foundation, he has the right ‘tools’ to do the job adequately.
With plans of moving to the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time in 2012, the possible start on Sunday is another stepping stone to NASCAR stardom for the already rising star.