Although sponsorship is relatively hard to come back in NASCAR these days, Bass Pro Shops along with Tracker Boats, announced last Thursday a sponsorship deal with Richard Childress Racing for 2012. Bass Pro Shops will be sponsoring a Nationwide car for Austin Dillion in the No, 3 Chevrolet Impala for five races and a Camping World Truck Series truck for Ty Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado for the entire 26 race season. This will be Ty Dillon’s first full season in the truck series, and prior to sponsoring him, Bass Pro had sponsored his brother in the same truck in 2011. The agreemenet with Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats is a continuation of a previous deal, plus five extra races in the Nationwide Series for Austin. Though Bass Pro Shops and Tracker had sponsored both a NASCAR truck and a Sprint Cup team, this will be the first time in a few years that they’ll have a Nationwide Series car on the track. The current sponsorship deal with Jamie McMurray and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing will continue during the 2012 season.
As you may recall, Austin Dillion after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011, will be moving to the Nationwide Series. The primary sponsor for Austin Dillion’s car will be AdvoCare. Over his three year career in the truck series, he won four races. Austin and his younger brother, Ty are the grandsons of Richard Childress. Their father, Mike Dillion, was a driver himself for RCR before hanging up his helmet and becoming the general manager at the organzation.
“I’m a hunter and a fisherman so it’s really cool to have the support of Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats,” said Austin Dillion. “It means a lot to me that Johnny Morris[the founder of Bass Pro Shops] and everyone at Bass Pro are going to follow me to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. We were able to win some races for them and a championship in the Truck Series so I hope we can find them continued success in the Nationwide Series this year.”
Ty Dillion, who is just 19 years of age, will be racing in his first full season in the Camping World Truck Series in 2012. Previously, Dillion had drove in the ARCA Re-Max Series. He was a very successfull rookie and managed to take home the 2011 championship. He also turned heads in the few truck races he competed in, including a third in the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the Bass Pro Shops family,” said Ty Dillion. “I’m really excited that they will be embarking on my first full season in the Truck Series. Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats have been a huge part of my career and my goal is to bring them as much success as my brother did these past two seasons.”