AdvoCare, Austin Dillon's primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series over the past two seasons, announced Wednesday that it was moving to Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 Nationwide Series car for the 2014 season.
The reason given in the release from the company and Roush Fenway Racing? Because Dillon is going to drive full-time in the Cup Series.
"AdvoCare served as the sponsor on the No. 3 car of Austin Dillon the past two seasons. With Dillon making the move to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in 2014, the organization began the process of diligently seeking out its best option moving forward," the release said.
However, there hasn't been an official announcement of Dillon's 2014 plans or the plans of grandfather Richard Childress's team for next season. Kevin Harvick is leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Dillon is running part-time this season in various capacities and Childress has discussed bringing back the No. 3 to the Cup Series. Dillon, given that he's driven that number in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, would be the logical candidate to be the first driver of the No. 3 at NASCAR's top level since Dale Earnhardt. Plus, it was announced Tuesday that Austin's younger brother Ty will drive the No. 3 in the Nationwide Series next season with sponsorship from Yuengling.
So the pieces are obviously in place for the move to Cup; this isn't a top-secret rumor by any means. However, it's definitely odd that the first official news of a potential move up isn't from Dillon or RCR, but rather a departing sponsor and its new team. We've left a message with RCR inquiring about any official announcement about Dillon.
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