November 19th, 2015
It’s championship week in Homestead, Florida. Thirty-two races NASCAR XFINITY Series races down, one race to go.
Ty Dillon finds himself in a unique position; down, but surely not out.
Dillon is 22 points out of clinching his first-career NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, needing to chase down current points leader Chris Buescher, second-place Chase Elliot and fend off fourth-place, Regan Smith. His approach to handling all of the thousands of possible scenarios for clinching Saturday afternoon is simple – win.
Dillon joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Wednesday to talk about his approach to the championship battle:
“We’re going to focus on going out, practicing hard, make minimal mistakes and win the race,” Dillon said. “Our goal is to come out of the race with maximum points and put the pressure on the other teams. We’ll do our best and when the chips fall, we’ll see where we stand.”
A win Saturday afternoon is certainly in play for the No. 3 team Saturday afternoon, especially considering its recent consistency. In the past 14 races, Dillon has finished inside the top five nine times, including three in a row (Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway). Among the four championship contenders, Dillon has the highest average finish amongst all of them (6.9) on 1.5-miles tracks this season.
“We’re not finished until that checkered flag drops on the last lap at Homestead,” said crew chief Nick Harrison.
That’s been the team’s underlying theme the past several weeks. Many have written off Dillon and the No. 3 Chevrolet but the team continues to finish strong.
Consider this – Dillon has not dropped out of the top four in series’ driver point standings in all of 2015. He was the points leader for eight races earlier this season and has not finished outside of the top 15 in all but two races.
“We’ve been very consistent. Obviously the race in Dover (International Speedway) where we had some significant right-front damage dug us a bit of a hole, but we’ve climbed out of it,” Dillon said.
“No one has trended upwards like our team has these past couple weeks. Win or lose this weekend in Homestead, we gave it all we had.”
Watch the action unfold Saturday afternoon LIVE on NBC at 2:45 p.m.