Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Austin Dillon using Paul Menard's Atlanta chassis at Michigan

Austin Dillon is 40/1 to win at Michigan on Sunday.
This Week’s Cheerios Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 528 in the Pure Michigan 400. This Chevrolet SS has been utilized by both the No. 31 team (Kansas and Homestead in 2015) and the No. 27 team (Atlanta 2016).

Dillon at Michigan International Speedway … In his junior season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour, Michigan International Speedway ranks as one of Dillon’s most seasoned tracks with eight starts at the two-mile facility. He finished fourth in August 2015 to earn his best finish at the track and finished eighth in his most recent start in June 2016. He also earned his best starting position, fourth, in August 2015.

#CheerThe3 … Dillon continues a long-standing Richard Childress Racing tradition this weekend by carrying General Mills’ Cheerios brand on the No. 3 Chevrolet. General Mills has been an active sponsor in motorsports for more than 15 years, working with drivers including Austin and Ty Dillon, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Johnny Benson. Both Dillon brothers made their Daytona 500 debut with General Mills, with Austin in the Honey Nut Cheerios Chevrolet in 2013 and Ty in the Cheerios Chevrolet in 2015. In 2016, Cheerios is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The cereal debuted as “Cheerioats” in 1941. Cheerios has been a family favorite of the Dillon and Childress families for years. Its wholesome goodness is perfect for toddlers to adults and everyone in between. Made from whole grain oats, and without artificial flavors or colors, they’re naturally low in fat and cholesterol free. These wholesome little “o’s” have only one gram of sugar!

Dirt Trackin’ … Prior to arriving to Michigan International Speedway, Dillon is scheduled to race his Dirt Late Model in the American Ethanol Late Model Series at Tri City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan on Wednesday, August 24. The race is located just a few miles away from Dow’s Midland, Michigan-based corporate headquarters.

Playin’ Hoops for Kids … Austin and Ty Dillon are hosting a 3-on-3 Celebrity Basketball Tournament presented by The Dow Chemical Company to benefit the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest University’s Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The 16-team, double-elimination tournament will start at 4 p.m.

General admission and parking at LJVM for the event are FREE. For more information and tournament updates please visit https://saveinjuredkids.org/basketball/


We’re going back to Michigan International Speedway with the lower low downforce air package that you ran there in June. Are you happy that the decision was made to go back to Michigan with that same package?

“I’m very excited because I enjoy Michigan International Speedway. I’m just glad to be going to Michigan. Period. I don’t care about the packages. I think RCR has done a good job of going through the motions to get our aero department right to take advantage of these changes. Hopefully we settle in soon and start winning. I just enjoy the track, more than anything.”

Michigan was freshly re-paved just a few years ago. Is it beginning to widen out at all?
“I didn’t notice a whole lot in June. The low line was pretty stout. Hopefully, as time goes on it does widen out more but I think the preferred line would be right through the middle.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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