May 4th, 2016
For Ty Dillon, the early part of the 2016 race season has given him an extra, unexpected workload. That is just fine for the young 24-year-old driver; the more the merrier.
Along with his full-time duties as the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Dillon has been racking up the starts in the Sprint Cup Series, and in turn, gaining valuable racing experience. He has two NSCS starts thus far in the No. 95 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing and more recently has been a fill-in driver for the injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet SS.
Dillon welcomes both opportunities with open arms.
“I’m open to racing as many races as I possibly can. I’m a young driver looking for as much experience as possible and this year so far has helped me tremendously,” Dillon said. “I’m surrounded by people that want to make me better as a race car driver, but I think having raced in six races already this year has been the most help.
“Sprint Cup Series racing is the highest level of motorsports racing and that is where I want to be,” he said. “I hope someday I can race full-time at that level. But for now, I’m building my resume and my notebook. I think I’ve performed pretty well up until this point.”
Dillon scored a top-10 finish this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, crossing the finish line sixth. He finished inside the top 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.
“I can’t thank Tony Stewart enough for giving me the opportunity to fill in this year with him being out,” he said. “Not only has it helped me with my career and getting better as a race car driver, but it’s helped me show people that I can get the job done in other equipment too.”