Ty Dillon Eager For Sprint Cup Debut

Ty Dillon Eager For Sprint Cup Debut

by August 30, 2014 0 comments

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HAMPTON, Ga. – On Sunday night, Ty Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the Richard Childress Racing No.33 Real Tree/Rheem Chevrolet SS during the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

At the beginning of the year, Dillon and his grandfather, Richard Childress sat down and pondered on where to make his Sprint Cup Series debut during the 2014 season. After reviewing the schedule, the two narrowed their options down to about five tracks that’d have the highest chance to produce the best possible finish. Dillon only has one previous start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but it was a win in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race back in 2012. That afternoon, he started from the pole and led 40 laps.

“This is a huge moment for me and my career,” Dillon said. “To make my first Sprint Cup Series start in a sport that I’ve been a part of my whole life. I have been going to races here in Atlanta for such a long time it is almost like a second home track to me. It’s so close to my house in North Carolina. This is a dream come true for me and I’m so honored to have Rheem and Realtree on board for this start. I’m looking forward to it. I was able to come test here a couple of weeks ago and the test went really well. Looking forward to hopefully a great debut.”

Currently sitting third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, 30 points back from leader, Chase Elliott, Dillon will pull the double header this weekend by competing in the Great Clips 300. He was third quickest during NASCAR Nationwide Series first practice on Friday and second in final practice.

“I think it’s only going to be a positive for my Nationwide program to be in the Cup race this year,” Dillon said. “It will slow everything down for me. I hadn’t been here in two years and the last time I was here I won. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grip on this race track. The way our Nationwide team is performing right now I think we have a great opportunity of winning a race and really piling on some points for this championship. Looking forward to what the experience in the Cup car is going to bring for the Nationwide car and maybe we can get the Yuengling Light Lager Chevy in Victory Lane on Saturday night and have a great Cup debut the next night.”

Dillon finished out Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice in the 27th position and qualified 29th for Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500. Saturday will be an action packed day for Dillon as he’ll hit the track for two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions, NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying and then ending the night with the Great Clips 300.

“I think I learned that these Cup cars are fast,” Dillon said. “They are a lot of fun. It’s tough to come in for your first time three-quarters of the way through the season and expect a good qualifying effort. It was a great job by my Realtree guys. It was a lot of fun going out there and qualifying with the big guys for the first time. They really know how to lay down some laps. We’ll set our focus on race runs and making sure we can last for a long time and hopefully come out of there with a good top-15 or top-20 finish.”

The Great Clips 300 will be live on ESPN 2 tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST, while the Oral-B USA 500’s coverage is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. EST tomorrow night on ESPN. Both races will be broadcasted live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN), as well.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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