U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist April Ross to Battle NASCAR's A. Dillon, T. Dillon and B. Scott on the Beach
U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball sliver medalist April Ross will help promote Kentucky Speedway's Sept. 21-22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) doubleheader event weekend by playing an exhibition match against drivers Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott at Cincinnati's Washington Park on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m.
Ross is visiting for the Assoc. of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Cincinnati Open that will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Ross made her Olympic debut in London, England earlier this summer. She teamed with longtime partner Jen Kessy to capture the women's beach volleyball silver medal. The tandem advanced to the gold medal match with a 2-1 victory over the top-seeded Brazilian team of Larissa Franco and Juliana Silva. Ross and Kessy placed runner-up to the accomplished duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in an all-American final match.
Ross, a four-time NCAA All American who contributed to two national championship teams at the Univ. of Southern California, also teamed with Kessy to capture the 2009 FIVB World Championships by taking out Franco and Silva. Ross and Kessy are the No. 2 seed in this week's AVP Cincinnati Open. They are tied for third in the current overall AVP rankings.
Austin Dillon earned his first NNS victory this season on June 29 in Kentucky Speedway's "Feed The Children 300" and will attempt to become the first driver to earn back-to-back series victories at the speedway in the same season. The Richard Childress Racing (RCR) driver opened the week ranked ninth in the NNS championship standings. He owns one victory along with a combined 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes through 23 of 33 events this season.
RCR NCWTS driver Ty Dillon sits fourth in the championship standings after generating two top-five and a combined 11 top-10 finishes through 13 races this season. He trails championship leader and Red Horse Racing driver Timothy Peters by 25 points.
Scott has his Joe Gibbs Racing team ranked ninth in the NNS standings after locking down two top-five and a combined six top-10 finishes this season. He will have the inside track on the exhibition match. His cousin, Jess Gysin, is an AVP player.
Story by Mike Schmaltz