Austin Dillon expected to race Sunday after suffering burns in Xfinity race

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 25: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

As if racing in NASCAR’s longest event in 90 degree heat wasn’t tough enough, NASCAR driver Austin Dillon will be racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday nursing minor burns he sustained during Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

Campaigning a Kauling Racing Chevrolet, Dillon started fourth and was running among the top 10 when on lap 115 the No. 23 of Josh Billicki got loose and into the wall in front of Dillon. Dillon sustained some damage but tried to continue. With temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, Dillon was soon asking for a relief driver. The team, which has an alliance with Richard Childress Racing, tapped RCR driver Daniel Hemric.  Hemric took over the car on lap 160 for a few laps but is was soon apparent there was too much damage and he headed to the garage.

It turns out that the air temperature wasn’t what got to Dillon. MORE>>>

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