American Ethanol Fall 2017 - Page 28

701 8th St NW Suite 450 Washington, D.C. 20001 Automakers approve E15 for use in nearly Austin Dillon Extends His Postseason Streak three-quarters of today’s new cars. Throwback design a winner Austin Dillon has extended his quest for the ultimate NASCAR® prize to a second consecutive season, qualifying for the Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs. The playoffs were previously known as The Chase for the Sprint Cup, in which Austin participated for the first time last season. “Growth Energy was thrilled to see Austin Dillon make his second consecutive appearance in the NASCAR postseason,” said Emily Skor, Growth Energy chief executive officer. “This accomplishment is a testament to the work ethic of Austin and the entire Richard Childress Racing team. We’re proud that one of NASCAR’s young stars represents American Ethanol on and off the track every day. That Austin is able to do that during the playoffs, when the lights are brightest, is truly exciting for all of us.” Dillon automatically qualified for the playoffs with his victory in the Coca-Cola 600. That win—his first career Cup Series victory—marked a significant milestone in his young career. He and 15 other drivers competed for the playoff championship, which was won by Martin Truex, Jr. Dillon also created a splash at Darlington Raceway’s throwback weekend—always one of the most heavily anticipated events on the NASCAR calendar. This year’s American Ethanol beautiful throwback car paid homage to Dale Earnhardt, Sr.’s first career Southern 500 victory at Darlington in 1987. Both Dillon and the car garnered significant attention, as Dillon finished fourth in the race after a strong performance throughout, and USA Today named Dillon’s paint scheme the best of all the throwbacks.