Austin Dillon will move to the Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014, according to AutoWeek . Dillon is slated to run in the Nationwide Series full time this year before making the move in 2014.
The plan seems to be to run Dillon in six to eight, possibly more, Cup races this season to prepare him for 2014.
Dillon will drive for Circle Sport, a satellite team of Richard Childress Racing, the team owned by his grandfather. Dillon will also drive one race for Phoenix Racing and owner James Finch.
Dillon made one start for Circle Sport in the Sprint Cup Series last season, finishing 24th in the No. 33 Chevy in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Stephen Leicht, Tony Raines, Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler, and Cole Whitt also drove for Circle Sport in 2012, with Leicht winning Rookie Of The Year honors.
Childress indicated that he didn’t know how many Cup races his grandson would run, saying that it depended on sponsorship.
Austin’s younger brother Ty Dillon may also run some Cup races. In 2014, the younger Dillon will move from the Camping World Truck Series to the Nationwide Series full time.
Many speculate that the elder Dillon may drive the No. 3 Chevy, which hasn’t been run in Cup since 2001, when Dale Earnhardt Sr died in a last lap crash in the Daytona 500.
Dillon finished third in the Nationwide Series standings, winning two races last year. He will look to improve upon that in 2013.