Up and Coming
Reigning Truck Series champ
Dillon has moved up to
Nationwide Series this year
(June 2014) – Ty Dillon made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011. Two years later, he was named Most Popular Driver. The young driver, known for wearing a cowboy hat when not behind the wheel, is determined to make a career out of racing.
Ty Dillon made an impressive showing last year by winning the Truck Series race the the Kentucky Speedway. He now races in the Nationwide Series.
The year he debuted, his brother, Austin, won the Camping World Truck Series season title. Ty finished second in the series standings.
You could say racing just comes naturally to him. His father, Mike Dillon, is a former NASCAR Busch Series driver. His grandfather was Hall of Fame car owner Richard Childress.
As the reigning winner of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Dillon, 22, will return to Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, June 26, for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ “UNOH 225.”
Like many stock car drivers, Dillon began his racing career in Bandolero minicars. He quickly moved up to the K&N Pro Series East in 2009, competing for the series championship in 2010. He finished 13th in points, despite only competing in eight races of the series’ 10-race schedule. He was able to score his first career win in the series in August 2010 at Gresham Motorsports Park.
During the ARCA Racing Series in 2010, Dillon won the pole and finished second in his ARCA debut at Iowa. He made three starts and won at Kansas Speedway and, as a high school senior, won the season finale at Rockingham Speedway.
The next year saw Dillon running full season in the 2011 series. While competing as a rookie, he won seven races in his effort to winning the series championship. He had seven wins, seven poles, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
When the Lewisville, N.C., native debuted in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011, he finished 18th at Kentucky Speedway. This he did in preparation for running the full series schedule for Richard Childress Racing the following year.
Dillon dazzled behind the wheel, finishing third in his second Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished ninth at Homestead, directly in front of his brother, who won the race after it was called due to rain.
In the 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, Dillon finished ninth. The following race at Martinsville saw Dillon score his best career finish of s\econd place, coming in right behind teammate Kevin Harvick.
Dillon competes in dirt races as well, winning the UMP DIRTcar Nationals Modified Points Championship at Volusia Speedway Park, Fla., in 2012. He finished ninth at Eldora Speedway’s Prelude to the Dream debut.
As if that didn’t keep him busy enough, Dillon also competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing. After scoring top 10 finishes in each of the first five Truck Series races of the year in 2012, Dillon made his debut in the Nationwide Series in the “5-hour Energy 200,” held at Dover International Speedway in early June 2012.
One month later, in July 2012, Dillon finished third in the first Nationwide Series race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Aug. 31, 2012, he scored his first career Camping World Truck Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was awarded the 2012 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year.
Dillon finished second in last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings behind Matt Crafton. Besides the win at Kentucky Speedway, he also won at Texas. He competed in nine NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 and nine dirt races, collecting a victory at the DIRTCar Nationals.
In August 2013 it was announced that he would be moving full-time to the Nationwide Series for 2014, driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, replacing his brother.
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