The American Ethanol partnership and NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, 21, reached a milestone this past weekend. Dillion 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. Dillion is the 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.