These days, there are docuseries and reality shows on every wild subject imaginable. There are scandalous Kardashian sisters and the Housewives franchise, for those who want endless drama. Gordon Ramsay’s Cooking Contest for those who love cooking shows. Various fashion realities, where someone is looking for either the next top model or the next stylist, designer or lifestyle guru. The list of docuseries is endless. Essentially, everyone will find something to their liking, and car enthusiasts are not excluded. Gearheads have their own docuseries As Display Drive Hard: the Maloof method, Auto Masters: From Rust to RichesWhere fast and strong.
Christmas came early for NASCAR fans this year as a new reality show premiered on the USA Network starring four-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Austin Dillon and the show is titled Austin Dillon’s life in the fast lane. Those unfamiliar with the American professional stock car driver now have the opportunity to learn more about his career, his teammates and his family life with his wife, Whitney, and two-year-old son, Ace. And in case Austin Dillon’s life in the fast lane has you hooked, here are some facts about NASCAR and reality TV star Austin Dillon.
Austin Dillon: the NASCAR champion
First and foremost, Dillon is a NASCAR superstar. Since 2005, when he started his racing career in the Bandolero Mini Cars and Legend Cars series, Dillon has come a long way, collecting various titles and accolades. In a career that spanned more than two decades, it all started with winning the NASCAR Camping World East Series Rookie of the Year award in 2008. Since then, Dillon has been unstoppable. He appeared in the NASCAR Playoffs five times (2016-2018, 2020 and 2022) and won four NASCAR Cup Series races, including the 2018 Daytona 500, according to NASCAR.
Additionally, he won the 2021 Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 race at Daytona International Speedway and earned nine wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Dillon recorded seven more wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. NASCAR points out that Dillon is the 2013 Xfinity Champion and the 2011 Truck Series Champion.
How Austin Dillon Became a ‘Cars’ Celebrity
In our meme-obsessed society, going viral is the ultimate goal. But there’s something even cooler than being a meme and that’s being a Disney superstar or cartoon character. It’s safe to say that this achievement gets the same fan points as being made into a Barbie doll.
Austin Dillon could see any child’s dream come true when he worked with Disney and Pixar on “Carstin Ace Dillon.” According to Pixar Cars fandom,”Carstin ‘Ace’ Dillon is a Next-Gen Race Car who competes in the Piston Cup Racing Series with number 3 for the Sidewall Shine team.
This is why Austin Dillon is nicknamed “The Ace”
The grandson of the legendary Richard Childress had big shoes to fill. His grandfather was Richard Childress and his brother, Ty, also races and wins titles. But Dillon didn’t let his family’s accomplishments overwhelm him and he became a superstar in his own right. Not for nothing, his the nickname is “The Ace.”
Dillon got the nickname from his own mother, who gave him the name when he was just a baby. It seems the nickname brought good luck to Dillon, or he liked it a lot as he named his son Ace RC Dillon. Maybe somewhere in the future young Ace will become NASCAR’s next superstar. In the meantime, we can enjoy the father-son duo in the new reality series.
Austin Dillon is an actor and he has had past experiences in television and film
If you think USA Network was the first TV station to see Dillon’s potential, think again. This guy has a lot of industry experience under his belt and he’s appeared in TV series and movies even before the release of Austin Dillon’s life in the fast lane. Dillon made an appearance in the action-packed television series The SEAL Team, the film StuberTV show Nashville in 2014, and the show Rosewood in 2017, according to NBC Sports. In the SEAL Teamhe “gives Bravo Team a special driving lesson in his #3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE,” says CPR race.
Meanwhile, his wife, Whitney, also has TV experience under her belt, having appeared on the reality show Racing wives. But despite the couple’s success, it seems Dillon isn’t too fond of celebrity culture or seeing himself on TV.
“I’m definitely nervous“, Austin said. “I don’t like watching myself do anything. I hardly re-watch my races. But I think it will be good. Everyone else will be pumped.