Every aspect of sports comes with its uniqueness and freshness. While many people delight in most of the popular sports, only a few seem to be drawn towards car racing. Austin Dillon is one car racer who would make you stay glued to your screens whenever he’s behind the wheels.
Taking after his father, Mike Dillon, who was a NASCAR Busch Series race car driver, as well as his grandfather, Richard Childress, a NASCAR Hall of Famer, Austin has proven that he is much more than the kid with the proverbial silver spoon. He has several awards that attest to his skills behind the wheels.
From High-flying Rookie To Accomplished Veteran
The acclaimed car racer was born on the 27th day of April 1990 in Lewisville, North Carolina, and is one of the two children born to Dillon Tina and Mike Dillon with the other being his younger brother, Tyler. Austin’s growing up days was surrounded by everything pertaining to tracks and cars. He started watching his dad and grandad closely and learning the tricks behind car racing as a child. He subsequently launched his own career at the age of 15 and within three years, at the 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series, he was named Rookie of the year.
Over the years, Austin Dillon has grown in his skills and competed in numerous races. He has bagged a number of achievements, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title in 2011, NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013, and Daytona 500 pole in 2014. He is also a three-time winner in the NASCAR Cup series with his titles coming from the 2017 Coca-Cola 600, the 2018 Daytona 500, and the 2020 Texas Motor Speedway. Austin has raced more for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) than any other team. The other car racing teams he has worked with are Curb Racing, Phoenix Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing.
A Look At The Fortune Austin Dillon Has Made From Racing
Thanks to his primary repertoire as a car driver, he has been able to amass a reasonable amount of wealth estimated at $12 million. One of the primary sources of this fortune is his prize earnings in the various races that he has emerged victorious.
For instance, he won the Daytona 500 in 2018 and a bankruptcy filing from BK Racing revealed the total purse for that particular race was $15.5 million which was shared out amongst about 40 drivers depending on their position. Given that Dillon won the race, he would have earned in the region of about $1 million to $1.3 million. The same goes for other races he has won as well.
Other avenues that have rewarded Dillon quite well are sponsorship deals, as well as his racing contracts. The North Carolina native has scored sponsorship agreements with the likes of Bass Pro shops, American Ethanol, AdvoCare, Cheerios, and Dow Chemical Company. He also has a professional contract with his grandfather’s team, RCR. There are, however, not many details about the duration or worth of the contract but it is safe to assume that it is in the seven-figure region.
Meet The Wife Of The NASCAR Star
Austin Dillon’s first publicized relationship was with a lady named Taylor Walker. There are no particular details about how they met or when they began their relationship. However, we gathered that Walker moved into the relationship shortly after she called it off with a fellow named Will Grier in 2014. Sadly, she and Austin were not meant to be as they called it quits not long after they started dating.
Then, Austin Dillon moved on with Whitney Ward. The two dated for a while before the car racer popped the question in 2006. The romantic proposal took place in the Bahamas and the ecstatic couple publicized the engagement. They couldn’t hide their joy and uploaded a picture of them on social media to announce their togetherness.
A year after their engagement, the car racer, and Whitney decided to make it all official. They exchanged their vows on the 9th of December 2017 at the Childress Vineyards in North Carolina. The couple now has one child together, a son named Ace RC who was born in June 2020.
Though Whitney is not involved in the car racing sport, she is also athletically inclined as she was a cheerleading captain during her days at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She, however, did not let this detract her from her studies and graduated with a degree in Communications and Marketing. Since leaving school, Whitney has worked as a professional cheerleader for the NFL. She has also modelled for several brands, including Monster Energy. The Tennessee native now has a jewellery line known as Shop the WM. She is also one of the cast members on the set of the CMT series, Racing Wives, which captures the personal and professional lives of NASCAR’s most prominent wives.
The Dillons Have Some Illustrious Racers In The Family
Austin’s mom, Tina Dillon seems not to be in the limelight irrespective of the fact that her dad, husband, and sons have been pulled to the pages of fame. There is a dearth of information regarding her details.
As aforementioned, Dillon was born into a home of illustrious racers starting with his maternal grandfather, Richard Childress. During his heydays, Richard was hailed as one of the skilled NASCAR drivers. He held sway between 1971 and 1981, participating in 285 races and finishing in the top ten in about 76 of them.
After retiring, Richard went ahead to establish a car racing organization known as Richard Childress Racing (RCR). The organization has been quite successful as its drivers have won numerous titles, including Winston Cup (6x), Busch Series (5x), and Camping World Truck Series (2x). All these accomplishments led to him being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017.
Another illustrious driver in Dillon’s family is his dad, Mike Dillon. Mike raced between 1995 and 2001 during which he participated in the Craftsman Truck Series (3 races), the NASCAR Xfinity Series (154 races), and the NASCAR Cup Series (1 race). He did not manage to win any title during this time and retired after sustaining injuries in a wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway 2001. He now serves as a general manager at RCR.
Last but not least is Austin’s younger brother named Ty. Just like his father and brother, Ty has featured across multiple races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (146), and Craftsman Truck Series (57). He has won several awards, including the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series most popular driver, as well as the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year. Ty has also made history as the youngest person to win the ARCA racing series. He achieved this feat in 2011 at the age of 19.