Austin Dillon poses with an Arizona Diamondbacks player



NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon threw out the first pitch Tuesday evening before the Arizona Diamondbacks took on the Washington Nationals at Chase Field.  Dillon participated in batting practice, swapped his racing helmet for a Diamondbacks jersey and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  Dillon’s appearance in the Valley comes at a pivotal time in the NASCAR season, as the upcoming Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway gains more anticipation and the start of NASCAR’s postseason closes in.  Dillon, driver of the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, made the stop in the desert to promote the Can-Am 500 weekend on Nov. 11-13.

“Phoenix is an awesome city,” said Dillon. “It’s fun to catch a Diamondbacks game because I’ve never been to one. It’s been fun to watch what these guys do for a living.  Being out there on the field and experiencing what they experience is a lot different than what I do on the weekends.”

Prior to the game, Dillon chatted and took pictures with Diamondbacks players, in addition to meeting with fans at the ballpark.  The much anticipated jersey and helmet swap took place just before the first pitch between Dillon and D-Backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

“The whole team, the coach, they all said hello, and it was nice talking to the guys.  Tuffy Gosewisch was a super nice guy, and I really enjoyed throwing the first pitch to him.”

Hailing from Welcome, North Carolina, Dillon is in his fourth season racing full-time under his grandfather Richard Childress.  Driving the legendary No. 3, Dillon is one of the top young drivers in the Sprint Cup Series.  With nine top-ten finishes, and three top-five this season, Dillon will look to be one of the final four contenders in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup title after the Can-Am 500 at PIR on Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m. local (2:30 Eastern) on NBC.

“Hopefully I am in a Chase position, and just have an opportunity to go to Homestead and win a championship.”

Tickets for the upcoming Can-Am 500 race weekend start at just $35, and 2017 season tickets are available beginning at $99. Individual tickets and season tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the PIR ticket office.

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