NASCAR: Austin Dillon Sporting John Wayne On His Car at Watkins Glen

by Josh Lanier

NASCAR fans might notice a familiar face painted on the side of Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet this weekend at Watkins Glen. Dillon will have John Wayne riding shotgun to help promote The Cowboy Channel.

The Dukes’ official Instagram page unveiled Sunday the emblem of John Wayne on the side of Dillon’s car.

“Richard Childress Racing & RFD Tv/CowboyChannel have partnered up for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. Driver, Austin Dillon, is excited to be driving alongside John Wayne!” the caption says. “‘We even have John Wayne riding along with me this weekend on the car – one of my heroes. I hope that the race allows NASCAR fans to learn about The Cowboy Channel and subscribe to The Cowboy Channel+ if they aren’t already.'”

Dillon said it’s an honor for him to have John Wayne on his car for the race.

“I grew up watching old Western movies, spending Christmas at my grandfather’s place in Montana, and overall embracing the western lifestyle so it’s really special to be able to unite two important interests of mine by featuring The Cowboy Channel on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International,” Dillon said in a statement.

He told the Cowboy Channel that he “probably can quote more John Wayne movies than most people out there.”

This is the first race in two weeks as NASCAR took a break as the sporting world turned its focus toward the Tokyo Olympics. Some of the drivers are hoping to make the two-week break an annual tradition for NASCAR.

What To Expect At Sunday’s NASCAR Race

The Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International raceway is the first race back for NASCAR in two weeks. The Cup Series took the time off to allow NBC to focus its coverage on the Tokyo Olympics.

Brad Keselowski is in the pole position with, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top 5 for Sunday’s race, which starts at 3 p.m. Austin Dillon will start 16th.

The Sporting News reported that NASCAR used a mathematical formula to determine the starting position for Sunday’s Cup Series race. To figure out the starting order, NASCAR factored in the driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent). That was the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The car owner’s finishing position from that race (25 percent). Team owner points total for the season (35 percent). And the fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent).

Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick are both on the Cup Series Playoff bubble. They’ll both need good showings Sunday and in the final four races to stay in the playoffs, which begin next month.