Some well known names from the Nascar circuit raced tonight right here in town.
Brothers Austin and Ty Dillon went back to their roots and hit the dirt track of Boyd's Speedway on Scruggs Road off of Ringgold Road/Highway 41.
A significantly larger crowd than normal filled the grandstands. And the eyes and ears weren't deceived.
The driver in black, white and red number 3 car was none other than Nascar Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon.
The 24-year-old up and coming racer--he won the pole at Daytona--has been here before.
Back when he was just 16. NewsChannel 9 met with the Dillon brothers before the race back in the pit area. Austin Dillon said, "Actually this is the first dirt track I ever ran on. And when we get into running late models with Dale and Shane McDowell right here out of Chattanooga. Now, coming back and running it again, it's pretty special."
Austin's younger brother Ty is still riding high.
On Saturday, he won the Nationwide Series at Brickyard.
He had the extreme pleasure of kissing the famed bricks.
And he held off superstar Kyle Busch to do so. Ty Dillon said, "I was doing all I could. Wasn't really no strategy, just hit my line every time and not make a mistake because he's the best in the business."
Ty Dillon sat behind the wheel of the Team Dillon Racing number 41 car.And the Dillon brothers got into the racing business after their grandfather, legendary Richard Childress, called the McDowell brothers.They had a driving school and taught the Dillon brothers the basics of racing.
Dale McDowell said, "We moved over to North Carolina (the brothers are from Lexington, NC) and started taking the boys racing with us. We raced a little bit. Then after that, my borther Shane stayed over there. He runs the shop over at Team Dillon Racing and we all still race."
To this day, the relationships are evident. Lots of joking around and hanging out, just like families do. Ty Dillon reminisced about tonight's race. "It's cool to be back on the track kind of where it all started."
And the raw horsepower of dirt track racing has helped the Dillon brothers. Their teacher, McDowell, explained. "These things have a lot more horsepower that the Cup cars, so it teaches them to manage the wheel spin, teaches them car control, teaches them how to pass."
Ty Dillon said it was good to get back to the basics, "I think it helps, it's a refresher every time I get in it and I love it."
by John Madewell