Austin Dillon Eager For The All-Star Open Race

Austin Dillon & Matt DiBenedetto

This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Bristol Motor Speedway… In 13 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dillon has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. He posted his best finish of fourth in August 2016. He is a former winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the track.

Vying For A Spot In The All-Star Race … Dillon, who has made two previous All-Star race starts, will be vying for a spot in this year’s event by competing in the All-Star Open. The 22 drivers entered in the All-Star Open can race their way into the All-Star Race by winning a Stage. Fans can also vote Dillon into the All-Star race by participating in a fan vote at nascar.com/fanvote.

Tracker Off Road … Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE prominently features TRACKER ATVs, a game-changing new line of all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides offering breakthrough performance, service and value in the off-road industry. TRACKER OFF ROAD was born out of a powerhouse partnership formed between Bass Pro Shops and TRACKER founder Johnny Morris and Textron Specialized Vehicles, bringing together the undisputed world leader in boating with a global leader in innovation and technology.

Bass Pro Shops … Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.” Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit basspro.com.

E-Z-GO …E-Z-GO is an iconic, world-renowned brand in golf cars and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV and Freedom TXT personal golf cars, E-Z-GO Express™ personal utility vehicles, and the 2Five® street-legal low-speed vehicle. Known for innovation in electric-vehicle technology, E-Z-GO’s newest offerings include the ELiTE series of lithium-ion powered golf cars and PTVs, and the company’s exclusive 72-volt AC electric powertrain found in its latest Express series vehicles. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960, and today operates as part of the company’s Textron Specialized Vehicles division.

Vote for Austin … Visit NASCAR.com/fanvote to vote Austin Dillon into this year’s All-Star Race. You can vote daily and votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter count double.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:

What will it take to get into the All-Star race?
“You’ve got to go get it. You will have to be after it, and putting it all on the line to try and win a Stage in the open in order to transfer into the All-Star race. The All-Star race is so fun because you let everything go on All-Star night as far as the big picture, and just put it all on the line to try and win. It’s for the fans, and I’m really looking forward to trying to race my way in. Especially at a short track like Bristol Motor Speedway.”

Richard Childress Racing in the All-Star Race … Richard Childress Racing has won four NASCAR Cup Series All-Star races with drivers Kevin Harvick (2017) and Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993). Earnhardt’s 1987 All-Star victory included the legendary “Pass in the Grass.”

Battle at Bristol … For the first time in history, the Cup Series stars will battle for one million dollars on the high banks of the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’ of Bristol Motor Speedway. Adding to the excitement, NASCAR will implement the ‘choose cone’ rule for restarts. The idea for a choose cone came after Austin Dillon petitioned for it on Twitter saying, “It’s time for a choose cone. The bottom is at a disadvantage. This will create drama and allow us to decide our fate. Paint something on the track before the start finish line. One to go we choose our destiny.” Both Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick will need to race their way in by winning a stage in the All-Star Open in order to secure a spot in the feature event, the All-Star Race.

COVID-19 Relief … Own a piece of history by participating in an auction and sale of Richard Childress’ personal collection of memorabilia. All proceeds will assist COVID-19 relief efforts. Thousands of rare, hard-to-find and exclusive items from Richard Childress’ 50+ years in NASCAR are up for bid or sale. Visit https://www.ebay.com/str/RichardChildresscollection.

Catch the Action … The NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live Wednesday, July 15, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

The NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live Wednesday, July 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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