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Austin Hill Cup debuts in Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JULY 29: Austin Hill, driver of the #21 Bennett Chevrolet pickup, looks during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) |  Getty Images


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 29: Austin Hill, driver of the #21 Bennett Chevrolet pickup, looks during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Richard Childress Racing announced today that NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Hill will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Hill will drive the 33rd Chevrolet with initial sponsorship from Bennett Transportation and Logistics. Hill’s first-ever start to the Cup series will also support RCR partners Alsco Uniforms, United Rentals, Global Industrial and Realtree on his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

“As a kid growing up in the sport, having a chance to run a NASCAR Cup Series car is the ultimate dream, especially with a team like Richard Childress Racing who has so much history and success,” said Hill, who is currently fully racing in the Xfinity Series for RCR at RCR’s Xfinity Series. A #21 Chevrolet. “I’m so thankful that Richard Childress and everyone at RCR trust me so much. It’s going to be an educational weekend for sure, but I’ve had success at the Michigan International MotoGP in the past and can’t wait to take wide, sweeping corners on the track in the NASCAR Cup Series from Chevrolet.

Hill, 28, won the NASCAR Truck Series race at MIS in 2019. The 2022 Xfinity Series contender Sunoco Rookie of the Year will pull double duty in Michigan, competing in both the Xfinity Series and Cup Series races. In the Xfinity Series competition, Hill has two wins so far this season (Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway 2) as well as eight Top Five, 12 Top 10 and 223 laps.

“Austin Hill has shown talent in every series he has been in during his career, so I couldn’t be more excited to have him behind the wheel of one of the Cup Series cars,” said Richard Childress Racing, Chairman and CEO, Richard Childress Racing. "He’s having a solid season in the Xfinity series, and I know he’ll be competitive and eager to learn behind the wheel of a Cup Series car."

Prior to his full season in the Xfinity Series, Hill spent four full-time seasons in the Truck Series, racking up eight wins, 27 best 5 games, and 54 top-10 positions. Hill also won the 2020 Truck Series regular season championship.

The Bennett Group of Companies, a McDonough, Georgia-based company, will be the primary partner in the 33rd Chevrolet for the first time in the Hill Cup series. Bennett made his NASCAR debut with Hill and Team Xfinity #21 at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and raced with RCR in #3 Chevrolet and driver Austin Dillon in the Cup Series race at the Circuit of the Americas earlier this season.

“We are thrilled to be the primary sponsor of the debut of the Austin Hill Cup Series, not only because of Austin’s competitive nature, but because we believe in advancing drivers in their careers, just as Richard Childress does,” said Lynette Mattis, Vice President. From the Bennett family of companies. “At Bennett, truck drivers upgrade their skills by challenging specialized freight forwarding opportunities throughout their careers. Our company revolves around the family, and both Austin Hill and Richard Childress take the same approach with their racing team. Their focus on innovation and commitment to safety and service is second to none. We can’t wait to cheer them up in the NASCAR Cup Series along with over 5,800 owners/operators, agents and employees.”

United Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rental provider, continues its support of Austin Hill as it debuted in the Cup Series in the #33 Chevrolet.

“United Rentals has supported Austin Hill since 2017, and we are excited to see him take this next step in his racing career,” said Craig Schmidt, Vice President of National Accounts at United Rentals. "We will cheer him on every step of the way, while we enjoy this unique opportunity to spend time with our customers."

Global Industrial, the value-added industrial distributor with a roll-up approach and a "We Can Supply That®" mentality, joins United Rentals, Alsco Uniforms and Realtree as enhanced partners for the #33 Chevrolet in Michigan.

“We have enjoyed the business and branding opportunities that our partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Austin Hill has presented this season, both on and off the track,” said Klaus Werner, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Global Industrial. “We look forward to supporting Austin on this new and exciting step in his career. He has been a great ambassador for the global industry and we know that will extend to the Cup Series.”

2022 marks Alsco’s sixth season as partner with Richard Childress Racing. Alsco Uniforms is a family owned and operated fifth generation uniform company founded in 1889 that is the official laundry supplier to the RCR pit crew and many of its employees.

“We have enjoyed our partnership with Richard Childress Racing over the years and have shared important moments in their history while supplying each week with clean uniforms, first aid, floor mats and bathroom amenities,” said Ben Fox, Alsco’s Director of Sales and Marketing. "We are thrilled to be a part of another exciting first thing for RCR as they welcome Austin Hill to the Trophy Series."

Realtree, the creator and marketer of the world’s most diverse camouflage patterns, joins a dynamic group of partners supporting Hill’s Cup Series debut in Michigan.

“Our roots with Richard Childress Racing run deep, and we appreciate Austin Hill’s passion for both racing and the outdoors,” said Tyler Jordan, Realtree Strategic Business Coordinator. "We know Hill will represent the Realtree brand well and we congratulate him on the wonderful next step in his career that Richard Childress offers."

Watch the Catch Hill’s Cup Series debut at FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 7. The race is broadcast live in the USA at 3 PM ET.

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