The drivers in the various classes of NASCAR keep getting younger and younger. This week on “Conversation Corner”, Rick talks to two of these young drivers, both from the state of Georgia. Austin Hill runs his own team and drives in the Camping World Truck series, he is 21. Brandon Jones is driving full-time in the Xfinity Series and he’s 19.
Austin is a Georgia native – he grew up racing at short tracks in Georgia and has finally made it to the top level of NASCAR. He is thrilled to be racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway in front of his hometown crowd!
The Winston, Ga. native is a 21-year-old hand-selected driver of the NASCAR Next, a program designed to support and promote the next big names of NASCAR. Hill is currently in his second year as a member of the prestigious program.
Not only is Austin driving the car, but he runs his race tem as well – Austin Hill Racing. The No. 20 ARCO Design/Build Ford F-150 was built in Austin’s race shop in Mooresville, NC. Away from the track, Hill enjoys spending time with his family (wife and three-month-old daughter) and he enjoys hunting and catching up on a few of his favorite TV shows including The Walking Dead and Blindspot.
Following a successful five-race tenure in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Richard Childress Racing in 2015, Brandon Jones returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro as a full-time driver for the 2016 season.
This is Brandon’s first full season in NASCAR and just turned 19 years old last week. He finished seventh at Daytona and is currently third in the point standings. He’s also leading the Rookie of the Year standings and was listed as one of NASCAR’s top-five young drivers to watch this season. He is from Atlanta and grew up racing locally.
During his limited XFINITY Series schedule with RCR in 2015, the young driver made 34 starts across four different racing divisions; XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, to gain valuable experience in a career that spans five seasons. Jones garnered 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes with 166 laps led. Jones looks to capitalize on last season’s momentum in the XFINITY Series that included one top-five and two top-10 finishes as well as 16 laps led in competition.
- RCR Racing
- Xfinity Series
- 2016 Goals