RELATED: See photos of NASCAR stars meeting Taylor Swift CONCORD, N.C. -- Even drivers get star struck by seeing celebrities. During a press conference to discuss the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and his upcoming 3-on-3 Celebrity Basketball Tournament, Dillon admitted to being awestruck when meeting singer and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift over the summer. Dillon told the story as he was joined by 12-year-old trauma survivor Louisa "Weezie" Broughton in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center. Broughton suffered a head injury after being struck by a car in Winston-Salem in November of 2014. RELATED: Read more about Broughton's story The two were part of a contingent that attended a Swift concert at Charlotte in June and got to meet the singer backstage as Swift and her tour sponsor, XFINITY , hosted guests on behalf of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. "I was single at the time and I tried to convince her that she ("Weezie") was my little sister," Dillon said. "So we went to meet Taylor Swift and it was like a big deal, that 'my older brother' pulled these tickets off because I wanted to meet Taylor Swift. And that's what our story was when we met Taylor but I choked up and she was good. Her and Taylor were having a great time. I was just kind of like 'oh, wow, its Taylor Swift.' She didn't get as awestruck as I did. I was pretty impressed by that." The energetic Broughton and her family are Dillon's guest at the track for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and she may even pop over the radio to give the driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet some encouragement. "She wants everybody to be happy," Dillon said. "She's a motivator for sure. We'll give her a radio and see what she can do." And for Dillon it's the lasting bonds and relationships that make this interaction special. "You create a relationship with someone and you want it to last and you want them to get to know you. For me, if she ever needs help with anything, I want to be able to be there for her and kind of go through experiences I've grown up doing." The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. "I am avid outdoorsmen, love to play and get outdoors," Dillon said. "Growing up just me and my brother, going out, riding four-wheelers, riding bikes, different things. We've broken bones and had different injuries, but to go through something like "Weezie" went through is a whole different level of that. I think what the Childress Institute is really doing is teaching the first responders how to work on the youth when they do get hurt." Dillon's basketball event is on Tuesday, November 3 at High Point University. For more on the event, click here.
RELATED: Complete results from Charlotte CONCORD, N.C. – Where Charlotte Motor Speedway is concerned, Austin Dillon doesn't mind being a creature of habit. After experienced veterans Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne knocked themselves out of contention on Lap 151 of Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the 1.5-mile track, Dillon streaked away from Erik Jones to win by 2.809 seconds over the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. With the victory, Dillon completed a season sweep at Charlotte, both wins coming from the pole position. The triumph was Dillon's fourth of the season in the XFINITY Series and the sixth of his career. Dillon's closest call came not on the track, but during the pre-race ceremony. A fireball from one of the skyrockets used to liven up the proceedings dropped out of the evening sky and singed Dillon's firesuit. "I was actually praying, and the fireworks hit me in the back," Dillon said. "I didn't know if it was a sign from God or what. But it got me going right there with a firework in the butt." Now that he's completed a season sweep in the XFINITY Series, Dillon will go for a weekend sweep on Saturday night, but he'll have to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to achieve it. "We going to do our best (on Saturday) to do the same thing we did tonight," Dillon said. Brad Keselowski ran third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Regan Smith . Chris Buescher came home seventh and extended his series lead to 26 points over defending champion Chase Elliott , who finished ninth. Busch lost several positions after a Lap 147 restart, and he and Kahne raced aggressively for third place -- with repeated side-by-side contact between the two cars, before Busch pulled ahead. But Kahne drove hard into Turn 3 on Lap 151, tapping Busch's Toyota twice and sending it up into the outside wall. Kahne's Chevrolet also sustained damage in the incident, but he managed to finish 12th. Busch took his car to the garage on Lap 154 and retired from the race in 31st-place. "Kyle got mad because he got into it with his teammate (Jones) off Turn 2 on the start," Kahne said after the race. "That shuffled him back to where I was, and I'm racing to try to get by him." By Kahne's account, the hard racing soon escalated. "He started beating on me down the back and on the front, and I overdrove Turn 3 and got into him," Kahne said. Busch was not available to comment after exiting his car. Before the incident, Busch had led a race-high 102 laps, taking over the all-time lead in the series at Charlotte with 1,288 laps led. Mark Martin was the previous record holder with 1,257.
RELATED: See the full lineup Austin Dillon ruled qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday afternoon, securing the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Dillon drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a fast lap of 183.524 mph on the 1.5-mile track. Dillon will start first in Friday night's Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) after claiming his sixth pole position of the season and the 16th of his XFINITY Series career. Fellow Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne will start the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevy alongside Dillon after posting the second-fastest lap at 183.150 mph. Erik Jones was third-best with series points leader Chris Buescher fourth and Kyle Busch completing the top five. Defending race winner Brad Keselowski was among the drivers failing to advance to the final round of qualifying, posting the 13th-fastest time. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was 17th-fastest, also missing out on the final cut. Buescher enters the 29th of 33 races this season with a 24-point lead over Elliott and a 36-point advantage over Regan Smith , last week's winner and the 12th-fastest qualifier. Cale Conley brought out an early stoppage in the first round of qualifying with a long spin out of Turn 2. Conley's No. 14 Toyota made slight contact with the inside retaining wall on the backstretch before he was able to limp back to the XFINITY Series garage.
RELATED: Dillon celebrates amid fireworks at Charlotte CONCORD, N.C.—Pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway had a scary moment for Austin Dillon . A firework came down next to the pole sitter and his girlfriend, Whitney Ward. The firework landed on Dillon's backside and burnt the back of his fire suit, NBCSN reported before the race got underway. By the way the driver of No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet drove on this night, he seemed fine. He led 61 laps en route to completing a season sweep of the Charlotte XFINITY Series events in 2015, while also scoring his fourth XFINITY win of the year in just his 16th start. "I was praying with my girlfriend and I think it was a sign from God," Dillon said after the race. "He said, 'your getting ready to have a good night or something.' Get your butt in gear." Dillon said it hurt a little bit and showed off his burnt fire suit in the media center. Dillon's crew chief, Danny Stockman Jr. said that the whole thing didn't seem real. "To be honest with you, it was looking at a movie screen and seeing all the light crashing right in front of you," Stockman said. "I thought it was not real for a second. Then, it kind of went in between the door and Austin's butt. It burnt his fire suit up. It burnt the wrap on the car. They tell kids don't play with fireworks for a reason." Stockman admitted to also being concerned about possible damage to the car from the firework. "As it fell it hit the left front side skirt and went underneath the car. As hot as whatever is coming off that firework is, it could have burned something underneath there. We checked it out and it was good. Pretty wild."
Austin Dillon , who led the field to green was able to regain the lead late in the race and win the Drive for the Cure 300 and complete a Xfinity Series season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon led the field to green and to the checkers as he wins the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
During the pre-race ceremony of the Drive for the Cure 300, fireworks land on Austin Dillon and burns the back of his fire suit.
Austin Dillon celebrates his Xfinity Series win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon narrowly misses getting hit by a firework on the grid at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Check out his reactions.
Practice 2 recap " Practice 2 results Closing out Friday's practice runs, Austin Dillon continued his speedy streak and led the final session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , topping the leaderboard with a speed of 133.166 mph. Dillon led the series' opening practice on Friday with a speed of 131.311 mph. Spencer Gallagher was second-fastest in the closing session with a speed of 132.720 mph. Cameron Hayley (132.577 mph), Matt Crafton (132.406 mph) and Kyle Busch (132.232 mph) completed the top-five fastest during the one hour, 25-minute session. Defending race winner Cole Custer came in as ninth-fastest (131.597 mph). Custer was 11th-fastest in the opening round. Series points leader Erik Jones finished seventh in final practice. The Camping World Truck Series returns to the track on Saturday at 10:10 a.m. ET for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. The series' UNOH 175 will also take place Saturday at 1 p.m. ET (FS1). Practice 1 recap " Practice 1 results Austin Dillon led the opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday with a high speed of 131.311 mph. The Sprint Cup Series regular topped the leaderboard on Lap 12 of 14. Current Truck Series points leader Erik Jones was second-fastest with a speed of 130.995 mph. Timothy Peters (130.788 mph), Matt Crafton (130.604 mph) and Kyle Busch (130.434 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Busch is one of two drivers in this weekend's field that has won at the New England track. The KB Motorsports driver has been victorious at Loudon in the Truck Series from 2009 to 2011. Last year Cole Custer earned his first Truck Series win of his career at Loudon and become the series' youngest winner (he was 16 years old at the time). This year, the JR Motorsports driver was 11th-fastest (129.252 mph) in the opening session. The Truck Series returns to the track this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.