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Confidence is high as Ty Dillon heads to Texas


Ty Dillon wanted a new cowboy hat.

Sure, he has plenty in his closet he could wear around Texas Motor Speedway, but the cowboy hat he wanted was waiting for him in victory lane.

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Last November, after qualifying third and leading 130 of 147 laps in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TMS, Dillon cruised to his first career victory at the 1.5-mile track in dominating fashion with the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado.

The victory was not only monumental for Dillon and his team, but also for Richard Childress Racing’s history book – as they recorded the 100th overall victory for the team’s legendary No. 3 car.

“It was big for not only our history, and the history of the No. 3, but for our team as well,” Dillon said. “It was cool to get some new cowboy hats in victory lane. I’m really looking forward to getting back there again.”

Dillon returns to TMS this weekend with a new team and a new ride, driving the No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Danny Stockman in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Stockman, a two-time championship winning crew chief (2011 NCWTS, 2013 NNS), has never recorded a victory at Texas Motor Speedway while at RCR, but has finished inside the top-five four of the last six times he’s been on top of the pit box.

“Those are pretty cool numbers when you think about it.” Stockman said. “It’s definitely one of my favorite race tracks to go to. It goes along with the theme ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and we’re looking forward to going there.”
Dillon like the fact Stockman will be leading their team in this weekend’s race, and beyond.

“I think Danny’s stats are great, and it gives me even more confidence because I have had some great runs at Texas Motor Speedway, as well.” Dillon said. “It’s one of my favorite tracks and hopefully our stats don’t lie.”

Dillon’s career numbers at TMS include five Camping World Truck Series starts that resulted in one win, three top-fives, and one top-10 finish. He also made one Nationwide Series start last fall in the No. 33 Chevrolet, finishing 12th.

Through five races so far in 2014, the duo of Stockman and Dillon has recorded four top-10 finishes and won the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. Dillon currently sits in third-place in the driver point standings.

Though a different setting, he expects to be just as dominate in his first time back to the Lone Star State since winning last November.

“We just had it all together that week; our team worked really hard on that truck.” Dillon said. “Hopefully, we can carry that mentality and that confidence over to the Nationwide Series. Danny and I have worked really well together in the first few races so we should be able to pick up where I left off last November and be a contender for the win.”

Inheriting a team that won last season’s Nationwide Series Championship with driver Austin Dillon, Ty’s older brother, he expects to add to the 100 win total for the No. 3 team and capture the team’s second consecutive Nationwide Series Championship.

“My goal this year is to win four or five races and win a championship – we have the team to do it and I’m confident we’ll achieve our goals.” Dillon said.

A win at Texas Motor Speedway will be the No. 3 team’s first in the Nationwide Series since a win at Kentucky Motor Speedway in September 2012, and the first of the 2014 season.



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