WATCH: Austin Dillon’s 1-Year-Old Son Ace Gets Behind the Wheel at Daytona, Drops Binky Somewhere in Car

by Matthew Memrick

NASCAR driver Austin Dillon’s 1-year-old son almost lost his binky behind the wheel of his dad’s Daytona car on Saturday.

Ace Dillion was behind the wheel when he dropped the pacifier in a funny pre-race moment.

The child knocked his face into the steering wheel and dropped it. The incident happened during Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400.

When it was time to go, Ace needed to leave. But not without that binky.

And wouldn’t you know it, dad had to get going, and he couldn’t find the darn thing.

The 31-year-old Dillon, who seemed a little frantic, and two crew members looked for it. The second crew member found it under the seat.

One commentator made a good point at the end of the clip.

“Good thing they found they found it because what ends up under the seat (often) ends up under the pedals.”

One Twitter user said, “Super awesome, with his son before the race.. That’s cool as hell.. go with dad to work and get to play in a $300,000 race car.”

Dillon, Wife Brough Ace Into World

Dillon, a former Daytona winner from 2018, and Whitney Ward brought Ace into the world in June of 2020.

Tennessee native Whitney Dillon, 31, has worked as a model and NFL cheerleader. 

She’s been on stage with Florida Georgia Line and the CMT Awards. The former Monster Energy Model also runs a lifestyle blog and is a jewelry company co-owner. She also supports women with Girls Tour with friend Mariel Lane. 

Austin Dillon In Running For Final Playoff Spot

Austin Dillon started the night just out of the final playoff spot. With Kurt Busch behind, he needed to make an excellent showing to advance.

He started in 27th place behind the Richard Childress Racing Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet. According to The Sporting News, Dillon and teammate Tyler Reddick were the only two bubble driers who could secure the spot on points alone. 

Alex Bowman had three wins during the season. Reddick was 11 in the standings but was not guaranteed a spot. He had no wins on the season before Saturday’s race.

Current points leader Kyle Larsen entered the race with 2,052 projected playoff points. He was likely the top seed for the playoffs. 

Last week, Dillon crashed during Stage 2 of the race at Michigan. Dillon made contact with Brad Keselowski.

According to, Dillon said he was trying to do a good job drafting near the apron and figured Keselowski would “give him a little more room.”

Keselowski chased Dillon down, and the two collided. Dillon hit the outside wall, and his car ended up on its side before landing on all four tires.