Ty Dillon embarks on his seventh season of competition in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, driving the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro in a part-time role. Dillon will also race full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 driving the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for Germain Racing.
During the 2017 season, Dillon recorded three top-five and 16 top-10 finishes during 27 starts in the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. He also competed as a full-time rookie for Germain Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Dillon qualified for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase in 2016, his final full season in the series. 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 premier 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.
Crew chief Nick Harrison returns to Richard Childress Racing for the 2017 season, working with sophomore driver Brandon Jones in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
During the 2016 season, Harrison was partnered with Ty Dillon and qualified for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase. Together, Harrison and Dillon finished fifth in the XFINITY Series point standings on the strength of nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. The duo also earned a pole award at Daytona International Speedway in February.
The Columbia, Tennessee, native, began his racing career at the age of 14, where he and best friend Steadman Marlin – son of veteran NASCAR driver, Sterling Marlin – started racing late models at the local fairgrounds in Nashville. These local short track races were Harrison’s first experience serving as a crew chief.
After graduating high school, Harrison took a job as crew chief at Sadler Racing. During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, he and Steadman Marlin competed in 10 XFINITY Series races. During the winter of 2002, Harrison moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he served as crew chief for Marlin during Braun Racing’s first venture in the XFINITY Series.
In 2005, Harrison assumed the role as car chief at Brewco Motorsports in Central City, Kentucky for driver David Green. The following year he teamed back up with Marlin for several races on the XFINITY Series schedule with Sadler Brothers Racing.
Harrison joined Phoenix Racing as car chief in 2008 and moved into the role of crew chief during the 2010 season. While not officially listed as crew chief, Harrison earned his first premiere series victory atop the pit box with Brad Keselowski in the April 2009 race at Talladega Superspeedway. He earned his first-career XFINITY Series win with Kurt Busch at Daytona International Speedway in July 2012.
Harrison first joined the RCR organization in October 2013. During the 2014 season, Harrison served a combined role, acting as crew chief of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series and as crew chief on a limited basis in the premiere series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as part of a R&D program, working with drivers Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton and Cale Conley.
That season, Harrison scored an XFINITY Series win with Menard at Michigan International Speedway and a Camping World Truck Series win with Austin Dillon at Pocono Raceway. He also earned a pole award in the premiere series with Scott at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2015, Harrison and Austin Dillon went to Victory Lane twice, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.