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Monday, June 16, 2008
Updated: September 2, 2:33 PM ET
Driven to Hunt
Austin Dillon


By R. Stacy Ratcliff

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Austin Dillon is just 18-years old and races in the NASCAR Camping World Series, a development league designed for up and coming drivers.

Austin and his brother Ty have one big advantage over other drivers trying to make it into NASCAR Cup racing — their Grandfather is Richard Childress. That is also the reason Austin has such a passion for hunting.

We met up with Austin and his Dad Mike at Sammy Nooner's ranch in South Texas. The Dillons were accompanied by friends Danny Janecka and his Grandson Lane. Mike Dillon is no stranger to racing. Each weekend he is at the track spotting for the 07 car driven by Clint Boyer. Both Mike and his son Austin are very busy but they always find time each fall to get away and hunt together.

We got a late start the first night but were soon surrounded by bigger bucks than our Driven To Hunt cameras had seen all year. Sammy does a good job of managing for big deer on the Nooner ranch and it was apparent from what we were seeing. Austin would have been happy with any of those first evening bucks but Gene our guide had been seeing a big ten point that he wanted Austin to have a chance to take.

As special entertainment that night we watched a live auto auction show where Austin's Grandfather was in attendance. Richard was selling "The Intimidator," a one-of-a-kind Richard Childress '69 Series 3 Camaro that honored the accomplishments of Childress with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.

The next morning Austin got his chance at the big ten point that Gene was saving for him. It actually came out way before camera light and they had to wait for about twenty minutes before they got the go ahead from Cameraman/producer Stacy Ratliff.

After waiting for the perfect opportunity Austin made a great shot to take his biggest deer to date.