Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dillon's Eldora Winner Goes To The Hall Of Fame

Austin Dillon made history as the first driver to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway last month, marking the first time in four decades NASCAR has run on a dirt track in its top three series. The No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet that crossed the finish line first and additional artifacts went on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame today. 

Dillon scooped up a jar of dirt near the finish line with the Eldora golden shovel and kissed the track to commemorate the win after crossing the finish line in the CarCash Mudsummer Classic. The jar of dirt, along with the winner’s trophy and the No. 39 truck will all be on display at the Hall of Fame for a limited time, complete with all the dirt, dents and scrapes Dillon accumulated while fending off Kyle Larson in heavy traffic to claim the win.

“We find great value in bringing these timely artifacts to our visitors and fans soon after this momentous type of history is made,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “It’s an honor that drivers and teams such as Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing are committed to supporting the Hall with such an incredible achievement that gives fans up-close and personal access to what made that victory so special.” 

Richard Petty’s Grand National (now Sprint Cup) win at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in 1970 was the last dirt track victory on record.

“I think it is really cool Winston Kelley came over and we had to dig up some dirt for the Hall of Fame, Said Dillon after the race. “That’s very special. To win an inaugural race… I can’t say enough how much this win means to me.”

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or at nascarhall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Up-to-the-minute updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or follow @NASCARHall on Twitter.

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