Austin Dillon starts his Speedweeks strong with DIRTcar Nationals win in Florida


Austin Dillon got an early start on his Speedweeks – and a successful one, too.

The second-year Sprint Cup driver for Richard Childress Racing won from the pole position in a U.M.P. Modified event last night at the DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, Florida.

His younger brother, RCR Xfinity Series driver Ty Dillon, finished third in the same event behind Austin and runner-up Nick Hoffman following a green-white-checkered finish.

“It’s a great start to our week – it always has been,” Austin Dillon said in a release. “I love coming here. It definitely gets your confidence up when you come out the first night and win one.

“We have a long week ahead of us and hopefully, I can get some more wins. I just hope it’s not like when you go fishing and you catch one on the first cast.”

Several other NASCAR notables were also in the 20-lap feature, including former Cup veterans Kenny Wallace (fifth) and Ken Schrader (13th) and current HScott Motorsports Cup racer Justin Allgaier (23rd).

Austin Dillon will begin preparing for his first Sprint Unlimited appearance with practice on Friday before Saturday night’s 75-lap exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.

He earned a bid in the Unlimited by winning the pole for last year’s Daytona 500. His Unlimited car is the same one he took to a fifth-place finish at Daytona last July and a 13th-place finish at Talladega last October.