Dillon takes GGRT/RCR to podium in NASCAR West finale at Phoenix
AVONDALE, AZ (11-13-10) -- Golden Gate Racing Team owners Jim and Patti Offenbach have known Ty Dillon he was born and have watched the grandson of Richard Childress grow into a talented young race car driver. Last weekend was very special for the longtime NASCAR West team owners and their entire San Francisco based team that carries the support of Richard Childress Racing Development as Dillon strapped into the GGRT/RCR #31 Chevrolet at Phoenix International Raceway.
"I have known Ty since before he was born and have watched him grow up and blossom in his young racing career," said Offenbach, who placed Dillon in his stable for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finale as the teammate to Michael Self. "It was a real pleasure having him race with our team for the event. Both drivers did extremely well in Phoenix. We are very pleased with their success."
Carrying the title sponsorship of the Bay Area's well known Golden Gate Meat Company, Dillon made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut and his first ever start at Phoenix International Raceway. The 19-year old from Lewisville, North Carolina is known for his success in the East series as well as the ARCA Series and numerous late model circuits on both dirt and asphalt. Needless to say, Dillon adapted quite well to the Wild West with a third place finish in the 3 Amigos Tequila 125.
"I had really great time out in Arizona with all the guys on the Golden Gate Racing Team," said Dillon. "They did a great job preparing the car as you can tell from our run. It was a real pleasure racing with them and I really want to thank them for the opportunity."
In qualifying, Dillon earned the 10th place starting position with a top speed of 127:891 miles per hour on the Phoenix mile. His teammate Michael Self timed in with the 30th position and both drivers found themselves close to one another late in the race as Self rallied toward the front in an effort to join his newest teammate.
With 20 laps into the event, a caution delayed the race and Dillon has already worked into the 7th position. He advanced as high as the second position behind early race leader David Mayhew. The battle for second place then heated up as Dillon raced door to door with several drivers including Michael Waltrip, Johnny Borneman and Augie Vidovich.
Dillon displayed a hard fought battle for the bridesmaid position into the final laps as he raced side by side for several laps with Borneman.The two drivers rubbed doors on one occasion and Dillon never gave up the challenge, maintaining control of the #31 Chevrolet as he slid sideways riding the high line of the track to continue challenging Borneman into the final three laps.
Dillon eventually settled into the fourth position in the final lap of the race and crossed the finish line likewise. However, he officially finished third in the event after second place finisher Borneman was penalized for rules violations concerning engine components and the carburetor. Self finished an impressive 8th place in the event.
"Both Ty Dillon and Michael Self proved they can run the big tracks as rookies," said Offenbach. "They both drove very smart, used a lot of patience and showed well with both cars in the top ten. This race was a great display of teamwork by everyone involved with GGRT. I'm really proud of these guys and this entire team."
Offenbach watched both of his young drivers in action alongside Childress for the event. It was first time Childress watched his grandson at the track many of his cup drivers have done well at. It was also the first event that he had the opportunity to watch Self in action as GGRT's primary driver.
"It is always exciting watching my grandson race and for never racing at Phoenix, He showed he can race hard and he kept the #31 GGRT/RCR up front. Both Ty and Michael worked well together and we look forward to more exciting races in the 2011 racing season. The entire GGRT/RCR Team did a great job all weekend."