Ty Dillon remembers the first time he buckled in a XFINITY Series car like it was yesterday. It wasn’t the most comfortable situation having to navigate the ‘Monster Mile’ of Dover International Speedway, but it didn’t take him long to learn the ropes.
“By the end of the first practice, I was in a good spot,” Dillon said. “It was just those first couple of laps I was like ‘whoa,’ this is different.”
Five years later, the 24-year-old driver is set to make his 100th-career XFINITY Series start this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway; an achievement that he is proud of.
“It’s a great accomplishment and it means a lot to me knowing that I’ve been blessed to be able to race this much in my career.” Dillon said. “I hope this is just one of many milestones.”
Dillon made his NXS debut on June 2, 2012 at Dover International Speedway driving the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Impala to an eighth-place finish. He went on to make two more Series starts in 2012, nine starts in 2013 and moved to full-time status in 2014.
Today, Dillon is considered a veteran of the Series competing full-time for his third season. In his first 99 starts, Dillon has accumulated one win (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), 27 top-five finishes, 66 top-10 finishes, four pole awards, turning over 17,000 laps equivalent of over 23,000 miles of racing.
“I love this series. I love the competition each weekend. I love that this is the series that ‘Names Are Made Here.’ I’m thankful to my grandfather (Richard Childress) for giving me this opportunity,” he said.
Dillon will become the 61st active driver in the XFINITY Series to make triple-digit career starts and the third person in his family to do so – his father, Mike, made 154 XFINITY Series starts from 1993 to 2001 and his brother, Austin, has 110 starts.