This Week's RCR Chevrolet at Kansas ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 166 from the Richard Childress Racing ARCA Racing Series stable in this weekend's Kansas Lottery 150. Dillon drove this chassis to a second-place finish after starting on the...
This Week's RCR Chevrolet at Kansas ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 166 from the Richard Childress Racing ARCA Racing Series stable in this weekend's Kansas Lottery 150. Dillon drove this chassis to a second-place finish after starting on the pole in his ARCA debut in July. This is the same chassis that Ty's brother, Austin Dillon, drove to a second-place finish in an ARCA race at Iowa Speedway in 2009.
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.
Who's the Familiar face? ... 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 serve as Dillon's crew chief this weekend at Iowa. Gale is also the crew chief for Ty's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team.
You have never raced at Kansas Speedway. What are you doing to prepare? "We tested at Kansas Speedway last week. I went down there with Tim George Jr. and Scott Wimmer, and the test was very helpful to me. Wimmer really taught me a lot about the track and how to drive an ARCA Racing Series car there. I feel like we have a car we can go there and win with and I'm really excited. Kansas is totally different from anything else I've ever raced at. It's a mile-and-a-half so it's bigger and faster than anything I've ever been on before. I will approach the race much like I approached Dover in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race last weekend. I just have to get used to the track and the cars we run, and get comfortable and win."
You have one previous ARCA Racing Series start. What do you think about the series so far? "So far, I have really enjoyed racing in the ARCA Racing Series. My first start was really great, having a second place finish and a pole. I'm looking forward to the future, and hopefully, we will be able to finish one position better."
Do ARCA cars compare to the racecars you are familiar with? "The dirt cars are similar in that the motors are similar, so you get some of the same sensations. The asphalt experience, I suppose, will be helpful. Really though, the ARCA cars are very different than anything else I have raced at this point in my career, so I am approaching it as an entirely new deal."