Austin Dillon expected to race Sunday after suffering burns in NASCAR Xfinity race at Charlotte

Austin Dillon started fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday.

As if racing in NASCAR’s longest event in 90-degree heat weren’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 outside air temperature wasn’t what got to Dillon.

“When he hit the wall behind the 23 it knocked the crush panels out and all the heat was coming in,” his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress said. “It burnt him all down the right side of his shoulder off the seat.”

Dillon will race on Sunday. He starts fourth.

“He’ll be good,” Childress said. “They’ll tape him up and he’ll be fine, I’m sure.”

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