Austin Dillon To Make His Nationwide Series Return at Phoenix

Horn FanSenior Writer IApril 17, 2009

Austin Dillon will be making his return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 2 in the Bashas' Supermarket 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night.

It's Dillon's first start in the series, since last October when he finished fourth at Memphis Motorsports Park.

He also made his debut in the series in September of 2008 at Richmond.

Dillon ran in Thursday nights NASCAR Camping World West Series, wehre he finished 15th in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 and drove a Ford. 

He will be running a partial schedule for his grandfather's organization this season.

His No. 2 Chevrolet will have a special message on it: RCR Thanks Chevrolet. The message is a tribute to the 40-year partnership between General Motors and Richard Childress.

"I have a new team around me and we have been able to work well with one another through a few testing sessions and in the shop," said Dillon.

"With it our first race in the Nationwide Series this year, we're looking to have some fun, and hopefully, have a nice solid run."

Dillon will be paired with crew chief Richard Lavalette. They're still learning about each other, but they are gelling and communicating well to each other.

Dillon's looking forward to having Lavalette call all the shots at Phoenix.

Lavalette knows he's working with a great Kid loaded with both talent and potential.

It's definitely going to be exciting to see this Kid back racing in the Nationwide Series and should have a decent run in the top 20.