(Posted Mon. Dec 16th, 2013)
Dec. 16: The National Corn Growers Association congratulates American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon who announced last week that he will return to the track next season in the elite-level NASCAR™ Sprint Cup Series. Still driving the famed No. 3 car, Dillon makes his move into the elite-level race series with the backing of Richard Childress Racing.
“The National Corn Growers Association had an incredible year as its message about the environmental and performance benefits of renewable, domestically produced ethanol gained greater attention as its spokesman rose to even greater fame,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from Paxton, Neb. “We certainly wish Austin even greater success in the future and offer our gratitude for his work in bringing ethanol into the national spotlight.”
Dillon won the Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011 driving the No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, which is owned by his grandfather, and continued to sport the No. 3 alongside American Ethanol when he entered the Nationwide series in 2012.
The number has not been used in NASCAR’s top series since Dale Earnhardt's death in the 2001 season-opening Daytona 500. In addition to Dow and Cheerios, several longtime partners associated with RCR and Dillon will sponsor him as he moves to full-time competition in the Sprint Cup Series including American Ethanol, Realtree Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops and the University of Northwestern Ohio.