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NASCAR Champ Austin & Wife Whitney Dillon on ‘Life within the Fast Lane’ of Reality TV


Start your engines! Entering USA Network’s unscripted lineup is Austin Dillon’s Life in the Fast Lane, which facilities on the NASCAR star and 2018 Daytona 500 winner, his spouse Whitney, and their toddler son Ace.

Also alongside for the experience are the couple’s finest pals, Paul and Mariel Swan. Paul additionally performs an necessary half in Dillon’s on-track crew as lead tire provider on his Richard Childress Racing (RCR) staff. Mariel and Whitney, each former NFL cheerleaders, are additionally in enterprise collectively.

Austin and Whitney Dillon made a pit cease to speak to TV Insider earlier than the premiere, to preview the primary season.

What was the turnaround like for the creation of the present?

Whitney Dillon: The course of was really fairly fast. We had achieved a actuality present earlier than, Racing Wives. They used footage from that as a part of the pilot presentation to pitch the sequence. We did one Skype interview, and it received picked up actually rapidly. It was actually fast and ended up being the busiest season of our lives.

How would you examine the sensation of the present to Racing Wives?

Whitney: This present is totally completely different. You actually see the household facet, particularly now that Mariel and I at the moment are moms. Paul and Mariel are pregnant [when the series begins]. We’re touring with the fellows. We’re having a variety of un. You get to see on the observe and off the observe. It’s a real household present. Any age can watch. It is age-appropriate.

Austin, how is it having cameras on you at work on the observe, peeling again the curtain earlier than race day?

Austin Dillon: I’m used to having cameras round. I’ve had that my whole profession with NASCAR. Nothing actually completely different as I’ve filmed pilots and different issues alongside the way in which. The coolest a part of that is it’s simply my household and pals, permitting viewers the possibility to come back into what we do every weekend. It was much more time-consuming. The time I’d be enjoyable on a golf course I used to be filming and doing interviews. It’s been fairly cool although. I all the time stated we weren’t going to do a TV present except it was on our phrases. After Racing Wives, I stated we weren’t going to do one other TV present except it was our group and the way in which we wish to do it. That’s the way it got here out. I sort of set an ultimatum. Before I knew it, bang: We received a TV present.

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What do you suppose this may do when it comes to creating new followers of the game?

Austin: I’m actually pumped for NASCAR. This is a cool factor to indicate viewers the behind-the-scenes that we undergo. The fun-loving household we’re. Any time we are able to deliver extra to the game that’s bringing us this platform is de facto cool. You wish to depart the game in a greater place than if you got here in. I believe this may deliver new eyeballs, and hopefully, create new followers.

There is such a enjoyable dynamic between the 2 {couples}. How did Paul and Mariel become involved?

Austin: Paul and Mariel have all the time beloved the TV facet of it. I believe with the ability to movie with our greatest pals was much more enjoyable. We get to expertise all this stuff collectively. Mariel received to go to the observe and see extra races this season as a result of we have been filming. It’s fairly cool to have us all collectively.

Whitney: We was neighbors. We’re not anymore, however we actually do every thing collectively. We are actually finest pals. You get to see all that. The guys work collectively. Mariel and I work collectively. You get to see all sides.

Austin: Paul will in all probability get a gig off this, being an expert wrestler someday. The power he brings. He really is constructed to be a WWE performer in my thoughts.

Well, USA Network does have WWE Raw and Miz & Mrs. So there may be the potential synergy there.

Austin: I believe he ought to go on for a cameo with WWE, and I will be his manager or simply cheer him on.

You and Whitney make fairly the staff. How would you describe your relationship?

Austin: I attempt to be calm as a result of I’ve so much happening, making an attempt to not experience the emotional wave. Whitney is certainly the emotional companion in our relationship. I’m the regular rock I assume you’d say.

Austin Dillon's Life in the Fastlane - Season 1

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How was it having Ace there and displaying the way you handle household and profession? There is so much relatability there.

Austin: People can undoubtedly see the relatability with what we’re going by with Ace. The problem you have got touring with, on the time, a one-and-a-half, two-year-old. It’s so much. We have our little canine with us too. It’s gig although.

This present seems to be to veer away from the over-the-top drama of different actuality exhibits on the market.

Austin: I’m not concerning the drama. Never have been. The most drama you’re going to get is simply the women’ power and pleasure. I wish to promote good relationships. That’s what I hope folks get from this. God is the middle of all that. Family enjoyable and a few racing. It’s time.

What was the timeframe of filming?

Austin: It was over an eight-week interval, however we’re nonetheless doing interviews. From Daytona 500 [in mid-February] to Charlotte and the Coca-Cola 600 [in late-May]. Those races.

Austin Dillon's Life in the Fastlane - Season 1

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What are you most excited for folks to see?

Austin: You’re going to see some enjoyable prank wars between all of us. Going to the observe, the ups and downs of the finishes. The struggles of the pit crew and what they undergo. You see somewhat little bit of every thing.

Whitney: Just us and our group and the way a lot enjoyable we now have, regardless of the place we’re or the circumstances we’re in. You get to see how we go all out in every thing we do.

Would you do a Season 2?

Whitney: This expertise was a lot enjoyable as a result of it was so pure. It was our actual lives. We’re hoping for a Season 2. So, sure to that.

Austin: We will talk about Season 2. We’re in the course of the highway, so we’ll see.

Austin Dillon’s Life within the Fast Lane premieres June 23, 9:30/8:30c, USA Network

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