Richard Childress Racing
Ty Dillon Wins Four Races Enroute to DIRTcar UMP Modified Championship at Volusia
February 19, 2014
Ty Dillon is in Daytona Beach to race his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday. But, before he even did one lap around the 2.5-mile oval of Daytona International Speedway (DIS), he did a little short trackin’ in the dirt and left with a lot of hardware.
Indeed, a major part of the Speedweeks excitement around this Atlantic Coast town is centered around the “big track” of Daytona. However, before the NASCAR stars get in their cars on the asphalt, a group of them head down to the ½ mile oval of Volusia Speedway Park to have a little fun in the dirt before DIS duty calls.
Dillon and his No. 41 Bad Boy Buggies/UNOH/Ferris Mowers fielded by Team Dillon Racing (TDR) definitely showed the fans in the stands he was ready to race at Speedweeks by capturing four features in six nights and earned the DIRTcar UMP Modified Championship on Tuesday night. His TDR teammate, older brother Austin Dillon, didn’t race the entire series, but did finish second to one of Ty’s wins and third to one of his brother’s seconds.
The elder Dillon did manage a victory, which came on the same night he won the pole for the Daytona 500 in his No. 3 Chevrolet SS at DIS. But, it was younger brother Ty who took home four different gator trophies in six nights to roll out of Volusia as this year’s Speedweeks champion.
“This means a lot to come down here and race against the best-of-the best in the UMP Modified division,” Ty Dillon said. “These guys are the cream of the crop. We’ve been coming down here for about four years and it’s still unbelievable what we did with our family team.
“It’s not only great to win the DIRTcar UMP Modified championship, but a great way to kick off the entire time we’re in Daytona to race. It’s a real good start and I hope it carries over to the big track this weekend.”
Ty will take on his fellow Nationwide Series drivers in Saturday afternoon’s DRIVE4COPD 300 race at DIS.