(Posted Mon. Mar 12th, 2012)
Mar. 12: This weekend marked major milestones for both NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and the American Ethanol partnership as the 21-year-old sensation made his first Nationwide Series start at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway while sporting an American Ethanol paint out on his No. 3 Chevrolet Impala. Born a racer, son of former driver and RCR general manager Mike Dillon and grandson of Richard Childress, Dillon shone a spotlight on his developing talent and his dedication to clean-burning, domestically produced ethanol.
“This was a big weekend for ethanol in NASCAR, with Austin Dillon racing his No. 3 American Ethanol car to another strong finish. With three races down in the Nationwide season, he is already exceeding our expectations,” said Martin Barbre, chairman of the National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee. “He ranks second in driver points in his rookie season and is proving to be a great spokesperson for the performance, economic and environmental benefits of Sunoco Green E15.”
Dillon came in seventh place, after running as high as third, the third strong showing of his rookie season. Following the race, he partnered with fellow ethanol supporter Kenny Wallace to give ride-alongs on the Vegas track to lucky fans interested in feeling the speed ethanol powers. To watch, click here.
“We are thrilled to be working with Austin this year to make fans aware of the amazing performance ethanol offers,” said Barbre. “Our partnership with RCR brings together two great American legacies, that of the famed racing family and that of the American family farmer. Educating fans about the importance of NASCAR’s switch to a 15 percent blend of ethanol, from an environmental, performance and even patriotic standpoint, will reinforce the importance of the NASCAR Green message while helping the sports broad fan base become better acquainted with the benefits of the fuel produced by family farmers such as myself.”
The Las Vegas 300 marked the first race this season in which the No. 3 Chevrolet will sport the black and green colors of American Ethanol. American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America's farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country. American Ethanol, in which NCGA is an active partner, is working with NASCAR to introduce a cleaner-burning fuel to America.
Dillon started at the track twice before in the NASCAR Camping Truck Series, winning one pole award and the September 2010 race.