Dillon to attempt Cup debut at Kansas
Camping World Truck Series points leader Austin Dillon will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, will drive the No. 98 Curb Agajanian entry sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration.
Tuesday, the 21-year-old absorbed the nuances from Tuesday’s Sprint Cup test at Phoenix International Raceway just days before his expected debut in NASCAR’s top tour.
Dillon listened to radio chatter from on top the transporter in the Sprint Cup garage and watched the action from the stands with spotter Kevin Hamlin just to get a feel for what to expect down the road. On Wednesday, he’s expected to take a few laps around the newly configured track.
Is he nervous about his Sprint Cup coming out party? Not yet.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Dillon said. “I’ve had a good couple of weeks in the truck series leading up to it so my confidence is kind of up here. Our goal is to run all the laps and hopefully run in the top 25 but first we have to qualify since I don’t have any points.
“This is a good deal for me here. It gives me a chance to listen to these guys talk on the radio. Tomorrow I’ll take some laps just to get in the car and get the feel having more horsepower and see what it’s like to run the Cup car at one of these places.”
If Dillon qualifies for the Hollywood Casino 400, he will drive the No. 98 Curb Agajanian/Reagan Centennial/Camping World/Curb Records Chevrolet on Sunday.
Dillon, 21, currently leads the Camping World Truck Series point standings. He’s won twice this season - most recently last month at Chicagoland Speedway. Dillon has 11 Nationwide Series starts with a career-high third at Nashville Speedway in July.
Dillon’s truck team, led by Danny Stockman, will assist him this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
“Pretty much everyone on the truck team will be there along with some of the guys from the Cup shop to help us get through tech (inspection) because those guys don‘t do it every weekend,” Dillon said. “And Danny Stockman will still be my crew chief, so it should be a lot of fun.”
The Kansas Speedway race by Dillon will be the 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start for car co-owner Mike Curb. and Curb-Agajanian Racing.