Strong Daytona NXS Result Only a “Taste” of What’s to Come from Ty Dillonby Kyle Pokrefky February 24, 2015 0 comments
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Don’t look now, but Ty Dillon, one of the strongest drivers at the tail-end of the 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, is already off to a quick start in this year’s XFINITY Series.
Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, finished Saturday’s Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway in the third position and enters Saturday’s Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway only five points out of the points lead.
While only one of the series’s 33 races has been completed thus far, with the lack of a playoff system in XFINITY and as last year’s title battle showed, every single point matters.
Following his Daytona result, Dillon said in his post-race press conference that his success in the season opener is a sign of things to come.
“The guys did an awesome job this off-season of taking the next step. Our cars are awesome,” Dillon said. “This is just a taste of what I feel like we’re going to bring to the racetrack all year. I’m excited to get to Atlanta, to places where the driver can make a difference. The hard work that goes into these racecars, you can make more of a difference.
“I’m proud of our third-place finish, but I’m frustrated we didn’t win. We’re fully focused on winning races and winning championships. While third place is great, I’m going to keep that ‘want to win’ attitude.”
The 22-year-old from Lewisville, N.C. attributes his success towards an aggressive driving style, a style that was on full display on Saturday as Dillon made a hard charge through the field from his 34th-place starting position to the lead by lap eight.
“I’m aggressive all the time, no matter what. That’s what’s got me to where I am,” Dillon said. “It’s what’s won me the races that I have. That’s what got me to third [Saturday] I feel like.
“I’m going to keep my attitude the same way. I’m a guy that tries to win every lap. I want to do that. I’m going to keep my attitude. If you win races, the points will come. Here and there we might make mistakes by being aggressive, but we’ll win more races than make mistakes.”
Dillon and his No. 3 team now head to Atlanta, a track that they finished ninth at last summer.
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