Austin Dillon entered in 2012 Daytona 500

Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

AVONDALE, Ariz. –Austin Dillon will drive the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the 2013 Daytona 500, with sponsorship from Cheerios, Dillon announced Friday at Phoenix.

“I’m really excited, and it’s cool to be in the Daytona 500 after watching it so many years,” said Dillon, who currently is third in the Nationwide Series standings, 21 points behind co-leaders Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler. “To watch all the history that’s gone into that race, and now to be a part of it — I can’t wait to get there.”

Dillon won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title last year and is trying to win the Nationwide championship as a rookie this season.

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