Austin Dillon Wins Daytona 500 in Realtree-Sponsored No. 3 Car

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Realtree is thrilled to congratulate this year's winner of the Daytona 500, Austin Dillon. The 27-year-old crossed the finish line in the No. 3 Realtree-sponsored Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car, which was introduced into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season.

The last time the No. 3 car won the Daytona 500 was 20 years ago when Bill Jordan's close friend Dale Earnhardt Sr. claimed the title in 1998. Sadly, three years later, Earnhardt tragically died on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Dillon, the grandson of Earnhardt's team owner Richard Childress, became driver of the No. 3 car in 2014. Realtree, which has been involved in NASCAR since 1997, happily supported Dillon during his inaugural season and has enjoyed watching Dillon make a name for himself and, best of all, win "The Great American Race!"

In a press release from Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Dillon said, "This is so awesome to take the No. 3 car back to Victory Lane. This one is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those (Dale) Sr. fans. I love you guys. We are going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year!"

Some may wonder what Realtree and NASCAR have in common. Through the years, Jordan has developed friendships with several NASCAR drivers through a shared love of hunting, and the Realtree/NASCAR relationship has grown naturally from there. Both Childress and Dillon are passionate outdoorsmen and place tremendous value on our hunting heritage.

Realtree values its involvement with Chevy and RCR and is anticipating a bright future for Dillon and the No. 3 car.

Photos provided by Richard Childress Racing

 

 

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1 | No. 3 Wins!

Realtree became a sponsor of Austin Dillon and the No. 3 car in 2014.

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2 | Celebration!

Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Daytona 500.

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3 | Last Lap Victory

Austin Dillon didn't hold the lead until the very last lap.

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4 | On Display

The No. 3 car, showcasing the Realtree logo, will be put on display for a year in Daytona International Speedway's Ticket and Tours building.

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5 | Grandpa's Car

Austin Dillon races for his grandfather, Richard Childress.

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6 | No. 3 Wins Again!

The last time the No. 3 car won the Daytona 500 was 20 years ago when Bill Jordan's close friend Dale Earnhardt Sr. claimed the title in 1998.

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7 | Camaro ZL1 Race Car

Dillon’s victory was the first for Chevrolet’s new Camaro ZL1 race car, which was introduced into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season.

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8 | This One's For Dale Earnhardt Sr.

"This one is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those (Dale) Sr. fans. I love you guys. We are going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year!," Dillon said.

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