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2014 Michigan: Austin Dillon NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2014 - 06:13 AM
2014 Michigan: Austin Dillon NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Dow Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the first time Dillon will race this Chevrolet SS in 2014.


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Dillon at Michigan International Speedway .... Dillon has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, including both 2013 events when he subbed for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet in August, finishing 14th. He also raced an American Ethanol-sponsored No. 33 Chevrolet in June, finishing 11th after starting seventh. Dillon finished 24th, after starting 22nd, in June 2012 in a No. 33 Chevrolet.

Etc. ... In addition to Sprint Cup Series competition, the reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion has made three Nationwide Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, earning back-to-back pole awards in 2012 and 2013, leading 72 laps and acquiring his best finish of fifth in 2012. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon has earned one pole award, led 34 laps and earned his best finish of fifth in 2010.

Welcome, Dow ... Dillon's rookie year in the Sprint Cup Series is also Dow's first year as a primary sponsor with RCR and the No. 3 Chevrolet. Together, both teams embrace the power of safety, science and technology as RCR tests Dow products under the most strenuous conditions. Dow also drives innovation to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, bringing a broad range of sustainable products and solutions to customers in nearly 180 countries. www.dow.com.

Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race event at Michigan International Speedway.

#ALLin Challenge ... Dillon is asking fans whether they are #ALLin for a new and exciting challenge every Wednesday on his Twitter account, @austindillon3. From capturing an "awkward hug" via video to submitting your best "poker face" photo to helping crew chief Gil Martin's son Ford find a date for his upcoming prom, each challenge is unique and the winner, as voted on by Austin, wins race tickets or unique memorabilia. Follow @austindillon3 on Twitter every Wednesday for the #ALLinâ™  Challenge.

Questions, Please ... Dillon will be available to the media in the Michigan Room at Michigan International Speedway on Friday at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time.

Meet Dillon ... Dillon and his grandfather, Richard Childress, are scheduled to visit Dow's corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan, on Wednesday, June 11. Media members are invited to the Dow campus from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. ET. He is also scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Great Lakes Loons baseball game at the Dow Diamond Stadium in Midland, Michigan (825 East Main Street, Midland, Michigan, 48640), on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

What do you think about Michigan International Speedway?
"I've raced at Michigan International Speedway before in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, so I'm really looking forward to going back to a track where I've made a few laps. Last year I subbed for Smoke (Tony Stewart) at Michigan and I've also raced a RCR-prepared car there. It's a fast track. I love it. I've had one of my best finishes in the Cup Series at Michigan. I've had some good success at Michigan in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Last year we came pretty close to winning the Nationwide race, but cut down a tire. It's a very raceable track."

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