Ty Dillon embarks on his fourth season of competition in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series driving the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Rheem/Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro with first-year crew chief Matt Swiderski. Dillon will race full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017 driving the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for Germain Racing and will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
Dillon competed in the XFINITY Series during the 2016 season and qualified for the inaugural Chase. Dillon ultimately finished fifth in the driver point standings with nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. He also made 11 Cup Series starts for three different teams (Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing) as a part-time driver or relief driver. Dillon’s best finish came at Talladega Superspeedway in April when he relieved Tony Stewart and finished sixth in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS.
Growing up in a racing family, Dillon began turning laps at the age of 13 driving for the family owned and operated Team Dillon Racing, which is based on the campus of RCR. He traveled the East Coast racing Dirt Late Models, Super Late Models, Modified and US Legends cars.
The Welcome, North Carolina, native ran a limited schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division in 2010, while competing full time in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, earning his first career win in the series at Gresham Motorsports Park in August, in addition to two top-five and four top-10 finishes and 15 laps led. He went on to win the 2011 ARCA Championship in his first full season of competition recording seven wins, seven poles, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes driving the No. 41 RCR Chevrolet Impala. In 22 career ARCA Racing Series starts, Dillon won nine times. In 2011, Dillon made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Kentucky Speedway and raced full-time in the Truck Series during the 2012 and 2013 seasons in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado. His first career NCWTS win came at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August 2012 propelling him to the Series’ Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
Dillon won two NCWTS races in 2013 at Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway and finished runner up in the driver championship point standings. In his two full-time seasons, he recorded three wins, 16 top-five, 29 top-10 finishes and four pole awards. He was awarded the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver Award.
During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Dillon also raced a part-time schedule in the XFINITY Series, making his debut at Dover International Speedway. In 12 starts during that time period, Dillon recorded one top-five and four top-10. He moved to full-time XFINITY Series competition in the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in 2014 with crew chief Danny Stockman.
Dillon drove to a fifth-place finish in the XFINITY Series driver championship point standings during the 2014 season as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, garnering one win at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, seven top-five, 24 top-10 finishes and three pole awards. He also made his premiere series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 33 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport Racing.
In 2015, Dillon competed for the XFINITY Series driver championship and was in contention until the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dillon ultimately finished third in the standings with 12 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes, both career-high totals. Veteran crew chief Nick Harrison was assigned crew chief duties of the No. 3 Chevrolet midway through the 2015 season. Together Dillon and Harrison recorded 15 top-10 finishes in 19 starts.
Dillon continues to race competitively for Team Dillon Racing in the No. 41 car competing in several DIRTcar National events annually. He won the DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Championship at Volusia Speedway Park in 2011, 2012 and 2014 prior to Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Matt Swiderski has been assigned crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series team during the 2017 season with driver Ty Dillon. This will be Swiderski’s first full-time season as a crew chief in any of NASCAR’s top touring series.
Swiderski, who has been with Richard Childress Racing since 2005, joins the No. 3 team after spending the last three years as head of vehicle performance, where he oversaw a team of 25 race engineers, simulation engineers, performance engineers and software developers. Swiderski has been largely responsible for RCR’s growth in its simulation program, research and development and diversifying its ever-growing staff of engineers.
Swiderski grew up just outside of Chicago and was attracted to racing when he was young. He enrolled in Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Upon finishing undergraduate college, he worked odd jobs to help fund his hobby of Super Late Model racing.
In 2005, Swiderski joined RCR’s engineering staff and spent three years working in data acquisition before being assigned to race engineer for the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series in 2007. With driver Clint Bowyer, Swiderski was a part of two race wins in 2007 and a championship-winning season in 2008 where Bowyer won one race.
Following the championship season in 2008, Swiderski was promoted to race engineer of the No. 07 Chevrolet with driver Casey Mears in the NASCAR premiere series. He and current RCR director of XFINITY Series competition, Gil Martin, spent the 2009 – 2011 seasons together as crew chief/engineer with Mears and Kevin Harvick.
As race engineer for the No. 29 Chevrolet, Swiderski enjoyed much success during the 2010 and 2011 premiere series season. The team won three races, recorded 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes in 2010 en route to a third-place finish in the Chase for the premiere series championship. The No. 29 team followed up in 2011 with another four victories and another third-place finish in the standings.
Swiderski briefly stepped away from stock car racing in 2012 to take a job with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport provider in Hawthorne, California founded by Elon Musk. Serving as a loads engineer in the dynamics group, he worked on some of the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecrafts. But after eight months, Swiderski returned to RCR as chief race engineer and was named head of vehicle performance in January 2014.
While with RCR and SpaceX, Swiderski pursued his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and graduated in 2012.