HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 10, 2010 ? Austin Dillon may only be a second-semester freshman at High Point University, but he is already racing to success ? thanks to his skills in the classroom and on the racetrack.
Dillon, a Lewisville native who is majoring in strategic communication, will attempt to make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race when he makes his qualifying run for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. The race will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12; it will air on the SPEED network. Dillon will also be featured on a commercial spot on the same network on the day of the event. The spot was filmed at the Qubein School of Communication and the University Center at HPU.
“Austin is an outstanding young man,” says Chris Dudley, vice president for administration at HPU. “We are proud of him and his ability to balance full-time class work with his responsibilities on the track.”
Dillon, who will be driving the black No. 3 truck in all 26 races, will be racing for his grandfather, Richard Childress and his racing organization; the event will mark the first time he has run at the “World Center of Racing.” He has already been involved in multiple races, and has earned various accolades, including being named 2008 Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year in the NASCAR K&N East Series and is competing this season for rookie of the year honors in the Camping World Truck Series.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.
Vice President for Administration