This Week's Karl Chevrolet Chevrolet at Iowa ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 166 from the Richard Childress Racing ARCA Racing Series stable in this weekend's Prairie Meadows 200. This is the same chassis that Ty's brother, Austin Dillon,...
This Week's Karl Chevrolet Chevrolet at Iowa ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 166 from the Richard Childress Racing ARCA Racing Series stable in this weekend's Prairie Meadows 200. This is the same chassis that Ty's brother, Austin Dillon, drove to a second-place finish in the 2009 edition of the Prairie Meadows 200 ARCA Racing Series race.
Introducing Ty Dillon ... Ty Dillon will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Ty, the youngest grandson of Richard Childress, is no stranger to the .875-mile Iowa Speedway or the sport of auto racing. He currently competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division and is a regular on the dirt and asphalt late model circuit in the Southeastern United States, driving for Team Dillon Racing.
In Honor of RC ... The No. 41 on the side of Dillon's Karl Chevrolet Chevrolet this weekend was specially chosen by the 18-year-old driver because his grandfather raced the number at Bowman Grey Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C., during his years as a driver. Richard Childress' original No. 41 is currently on display at the RCR Museum in Welcome, N.C.
Iowa Stats ... Dillon has one previous start at Iowa, finishing second after starting 24th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East earlier this year.
Friday Night Short Track Racing ... Ty Dillon and his brother Austin will race dirt modifieds for Karl Chevrolet at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Friday night, July 9. Racing begins at 5 p.m. and tickets are available at www.iowastatefair.com
Meet the Driver ... Ty Dillon and fellow RCR drivers Tim George Jr. and Austin Dillon will participate in a Meet and Greet at Karl Chevrolet on Friday, July 9, beginning at 3 p.m. Karl Chevrolet is one of the premier Chevy dealers in Des Moines, Iowa, conveniently located right off Interstate 35 in Ankeny. Ty will also make an appearance at the Chevy Display, located on the main fan concourse at Iowa Speedway, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Welcome Back, Cale ... ARCA Racing Series fans may remember Cale Gale for his years as an up-and-coming race car driver within the 57-year-old stock car sanction. Gale competed in the ARCA Racing Series in 2006 and 2007, earning one win at Gateway International Raceway, one pole award, four top-five and six top-10 finishes in six series starts. The Mobile, Ala., native, who also has starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, replaced his steering wheel for a wrench and will make his debut as an ARCA Racing Series crew chief this weekend at Iowa. He has served as crew chief of Ty's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team for much of the 2010 season.
Do you think it will be difficult to make the switch from the East Series to ARCA?
"East Series cars are fairly different than the ARCA cars, but I think that having some experience at the track will end up helping me. The speed will be different so I will have to get used to rolling into the corners a little bit longer since the motors are bigger. We came very close to a win at Iowa in the East race earlier this year so I have some confidence heading into my ARCA debut. I'm hoping to have a solid run and gain more experience in these cars."
What are your thoughts on Iowa Speedway?
"Iowa is probably one of my favorite tracks out of all of the tracks I have gone to so far. It's really fast, especially for a short track. With high speeds and close racing action, it's a fun track."
You've been involved in the ARCA Racing Series as a driver, but this is your first time coming into the series as a crew chief. What are your thoughts heading into the weekend?
"I have been around racing my entire life and have always worked on the cars I have driven in the past, but making the switch from driver to crew chief has definitely been a new life experience. So far, I like it. This is my first time as a crew chief in the ARCA Racing Series but Austin [Dillon, Ty's brother] raced in this event last year and finished second so we have really good notes to work off of. I think Ty will run well at Iowa. I've had the opportunity to test there as a driver in the past and I think the track has some characteristics that fit Ty's driving style well. Iowa carries a lot of speed for the size of the track. It's what I like to call a 'racers racetrack' because the track has multiple lines and grooves. This will be a great opportunity for Ty to be able to go to a track that he has raced at previously and run the Hoosier radial tire for the first time."