Driver Austin Dillon sporting new paint job for NASCAR race in Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida - For those of you planning to take in NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 this weekend at Daytona, be on the lookout for the #3 car. That’s the Bass Pro Shops’ Chevrolet SS driven by Austin Dillon. And what makes this car so special? The paint job.
With a classic Bass Pro Shops logo prominently displayed upon the hood, a look around the corner reveals a nod to the NRA. More specifically, to the NRA Museums. Appropriate enough given that the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri is home to one of those museums.
“We opened the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Missouri last August,” explained NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. “It’s been a wonderful experience and we’re proud to have a place on the #3 car.”
Starting on August 2nd of 2013, the National Sporting Arms Museum has been home to more than 1,000 specimens of firearm history. There you will find the guns of presidents, kings, composers and hollywood legends — which is of particular interest to Bass Pro Shops driver Austin Dillon as Dillon is quite the John Wayne fan. And as luck would have it, there’s a few John Wayne pieces there too.
“I’ve always loved the outdoors,” said Dillon. “Hunting, fishing and being outside is something we enjoy as a family – my Pop Pop (grandfather), dad, brother and I. It’s something we can do together away from the racetrack. Besides hunting, something else I remember doing with my family growing up is watching John Wayne movies.
“We always go to Montana for Christmas and watch John Wayne. It’s what I grew up doing. I think I’ve seen pretty much every John Wayne movie he’s ever made. He’s a true American hero. He’s just the man. I can probably recite every line from every movie. I just love it; the cowboy stories and guns, and villains and heroes and everything John Wayne stands for.”
As driver for Bass Pro Shops’ NASCAR car, he’s been waiting for the right opportunity to see the Sporting Arms Museum in person. Odds are he'll make a beeline to the John Wayne display at first chance. A ’92 Winchester, an Italian Colt Walker, as well as a Single Action Army owned by the Duke.
But this weekend he’ll be making a beeline for the Daytona International Speedway finish line. Battling the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and others, he’s going to need all the support he can get. And with 5 million NRA members along with Bass Pro Shops behind him, there’s every chance he’ll need to get a little ornery and make some moves. Just like the Duke
And Johnny Morris wouldn’t have it any other way.
“All of us at Bass Pro Shops are proud to partner with our good friend and conservationist Richard Childress and his grandson Austin Dillon and pay tribute to the NRA and the new National Sporting Arms Museum by donating a special NRA paint scheme,” said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “We couldn’t think of a better way to salute the NRA membership and museum than to feature it on the famous No. 3 Chevy when it returns to Daytona on the 4th of July weekend.”