19-Year-Old Austin Dillon Among Four Drivers with NASCAR Ties Slated to Compete in the Oct. 14 World of Outlaws Topless Showdown
Austin Dillon, the 19-year-old grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, is one of four drivers with NASCAR ties scheduled to compete in the World of Outlaws Topless Showdown presented by Hungry-Man on Wednesday night, Oct. 14, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The first of three races during NASCAR Banking 500 Week, the Topless Showdown is the only time this season the nomadic World of Outlaws drivers will compete with the fiberglass roofs removed from their late models. The program includes time trials and a series of qualifying races that will determine the starting field for a 50-lap finale in which the winner could earn $30,000.
In addition to Dillon, drivers with a NASCAR connection scheduled to compete in the World of Outlaws Topless Showdown are Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender Ryan Newman; four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Ken Schrader; and veteran late model racer Dale McDowell, who wheels the No. 17m Cheerios late model owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer.
Even though he has far less experience than the other members of the quartet, Dillon has enjoyed tremendous success at The Dirt Track. The Lewisville, N.C., resident has driven his familiar black No. 3 to two victories on the four-tenths-mile clay oval, the most recent coming in May when he topped the FASTRAK Racing Series event during Coca-Cola 600 Week.
"The Dirt Track is like our home track and we've had success there in the past," said Dillon. "We feel like we have a good shot of running up front and it's always an all-around good time when we run in conjunction with the NASCAR races."
Following in the tire tracks of his father, longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series competitor Mike Dillon, and his legendary grandfather, Dillon started racing Bandoleros in 2005 and quickly advanced to Legends Cars. He attended McDowell's dirt-track driving school in 2006 and soon became a regular in limited late model races throughout the Southeast.
This season, Dillon has competed in a smorgasbord of events on both dirt and asphalt including appearances in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
This will be the second consecutive year Newman, who will wheel the No. 39 Gillette-sponsored late model, has attempted to qualify for the Topless Showdown feature. His debut last October ended in spectacular fashion as the former USAC open-wheel racer flipped several times down the backstretch during one of the last chance qualifiers.
McDowell had a much better showing as he finished third behind winner Chris Madden and runner-up Shannon Babb while Schrader finished 12th in the 28-car field.
In addition to the four drivers with NASCAR ties, the Oct. 14 Topless Showdown will showcase the stars of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, including title contenders Steve Francis, Josh Richards and Darrell Lanigan, along with late model legend Scott Bloomquist and defending race winner Madden.
A strong contingent of Carolinas racers led by Ricky Weeks, Dennis Franklin, Jonathan Davenport and Jeff Cooke are expected to battle the invaders for the top prize.
Tickets for the Oct. 14 World of Outlaws Topless Showdown presented by Hungry-Man are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
Fans can also take advantage of the $99 Super Ticket which includes a ticket to the Oct. 14 World of Outlaws Topless Showdown; a ticket to Bojangles' Pole Night NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Thursday night, Oct. 15; a ticket to the Oct. 16 Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race; and a ticket to the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, Oct. 17.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.