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2014 Kentucky: Austin Dillon NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 06:13 AM
2014 Kentucky: Austin Dillon NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's Cheerios Protein Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 465 in the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 16th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.


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Dillon at Kentucky Speedway .... Dillon has made one previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet to a 24th-place finish in 2013.

Winner, Winner ... Kentucky Speedway is the site of Dillon's career-first win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In fact, the 2013 Nationwide Series Champion earned back-to-back Nationwide Series wins at the 1.5-mile track in 2012, sweeping both races and earning the pole award for both the June and September events. In four Nationwide Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon has not started worst than second or finished worst than sixth. The Welcome, N.C., driver also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, acquiring two pole awards, one top-five and two top-10 finishes among 46 laps led. In his lone ARCA Racing Series start at the track, he finished 15th after starting 34th in 2009.

#CheerThe3 ... Fans can interact and receive unique content about Austin Dillon and the No. 3 race team throughout the 2014 season by visiting the "Cheer the 3" social media communities on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Cheerthe3) and Twitter at @Cheerthe3.

Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 18th in the championship point standings entering this weekend's race event at Kentucky 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.

Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in this week's Tweetup at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday at 3:45 p.m., which will take place on the edge of the track's Turn 4 Quaker State Tower Grandstand, easily accessible to fans via tram. Fans who attend will have a chance to meet Dillon and win prizes, courtesy of Kentucky Speedway and Cheerios.

What are your thoughts on racing at Kentucky Speedway?
"The schedule goes from Sonoma Raceway to Kentucky Speedway, so it's pretty much going from my newest track to my favorite track. I'm looking forward to Kentucky Speedway. I wish we could have had a test in there, just because I feel like it's one of those places where we can go out there and have a shot to win. We'll do our best this year to get after it in that race, I think we will have a solid run there."

Why does Kentucky Speedway appeal to you so much? What do you love about it?
"I don't know. I just have a line there that I like to run and I kind of just know what I want going into the weekend, and that's what you're looking for everywhere. If you can create that feeling for every track, that concept that you have, and you can stick with it. That's what I've been working on really hard, so when we go back to these places for the second and third times, is to have a concept I can stick with and really focus on going into the race."

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