Ty Dillon WINS Kansas Lottery 150 (KANSAS CITY, Kan. - September 30, 2010) - Ty Dillon surged past Steve Arpin with five laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery 150 to win his first ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race in just...
Ty Dillon WINS Kansas Lottery 150
(KANSAS CITY, Kan. - September 30, 2010) - Ty Dillon surged past Steve Arpin with five laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery 150 to win his first ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race in just his second career start. In achieving victory, Dillon became the 14th different winner and the 12th different first-time winner in the series this season.
The 18-year-old Dillon, a grandson of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, started fourth and kept the No. 41 Karl Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet among the leaders throughout the race's early stages. The race was not Dillon's first taste of success at the ARCA level, but surely his sweetest. In July, Dillon finished second after winning the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Iowa Speedway.
"We had a good car all day. In practice, we were really fast, and in qualifying, we just freed it up a little bit. We thought we might have the pole," Dillon said. "The guys gave me a great car. To take two rookies, me and my brother (Austin, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver), and we've got three wins and six or seven poles, I just want to thank everybody. They work so hard with these cars, and now we'll take this to Rockingham."
Austin Dillon, 20, has two wins in NASCAR competition this year.
Childress himself was on hand for his grandson's first ARCA victory, and showed tremendous pride.
"It was just great to be here for this win today," said Childress. "I missed his run over in Iowa and I missed his (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) win over at Gresham (Motorsports Park in Georgia), but it was great to be here today and watch him win and watch the look on his face, and to see how he drove that car."
Craig Goess (No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota) finished third and Menards Pole Award winner Mikey Kile (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) ended the race in fourth.
Dillon, who had been in fourth place when the yellow flag flew, assumed his first lead of the race exiting the pits and appeared ready to lead the field out of the next green flag. Arpin passed Dillon on the outside - a legal move by ARCA Racing Series standards on restarts - to lead Lap 93, and held a lead of just under 0.1 second on the following lap. Dillon, though, moved to the inside of Arpin on the backstretch of Lap 95, and simply ran away. Goess challenged Arpin for the second spot, but could not fully close the gap. With his two closest pursuers battling, Dillon extended his lead to a full second and eventually two, and finished with a final winning margin of 2.273 seconds.
"I thought we were going to have a shot at the win there at the end, but Ty Dillon just came out of nowhere and kind of caught me off guard going down into (Turn) 1. We were just way too free those last five or six laps, and I couldn't get to the gas when I needed to give him a shot for the win," Arpin said.
With an elapsed time of one hour, 11 minutes, and 21 seconds (126.139 mph), the race set a new speed record for 150-mile ARCA Racing Series races at the track. A mere three cautions slowed the action for just 17 laps.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will crown a champion in just nine days, as the series speeds to historic Rockingham Speedway for the 2010 season finale, the American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service.