NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Event finished
08 Feb
-
17 Feb
Event finished
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Event finished
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Event finished
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Event finished
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
47 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
55 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
62 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
69 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
76 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
83 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
90 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
97 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
104 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
110 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
118 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
139 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
146 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
153 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
159 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
167 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
173 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
180 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
188 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
195 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
202 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
209 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
216 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
223 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
230 days

Ty Dillon finds hope at Talladega "in one of the toughest seasons"

shares
comments
Ty Dillon finds hope at Talladega "in one of the toughest seasons"
By:
Oct 16, 2018, 6:39 PM

It’s been a long, difficult season for NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon but once again he found some solace in a restrictor-plate race.

William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Hertz Regan Smith, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO
Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO
Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO
Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO
Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Nationwide, Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO
Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO Military
Ty Dillon, Germain Racing, Chevrolet Camaro GEICO

Dillon, the 26-year-old grandson of NASCAR owner Richard Childress and driver of the Germain Racing’s No. 13 Chevrolet, hasn’t enjoyed much success this year, his second fulltime season with the organization.

Three of his four best finishes this season have come at either Daytona or Talladega, including a 15th-place effort this past Sunday.

He finished 15th in the spring Talladega race, 13th in the spring at Texas and a season’s-best sixth in the July Daytona race.

Otherwise, he’s been locked out of the Top-10 this season and sits 28th in the series standings.

“Talladega has always been a strong track for me because I’m comfortable with this style of racing. This was the kind of day our team needed after a couple of tough weeks,” Dillon said after the race.

“We ran up front, earned a bonus point at the end of Stage 1 and showed once again that Germain Racing builds fast superspeedway cars. I wish we could’ve gotten a top 10, but those are the breaks sometimes at these tracks with how quickly drafts change and cars move around.”

A frustrating season

Dillon entered the year with much optimism, especially with several organizational changes including a new crew chief in Matt Borland and other engineering staff.

Dillon admits, however, the lack of results has been frustrating.

“Where it was easy, still is easy to let doubt creep into your mind and I guess always be down. This sport can really keep you down because there is only one winner every week. Everything around it can be tough,” he said.

“I think the biggest thing is trying to just keep faith in what I believe in and keep my priorities right and that is something that I’ve learned a lot about the last couple of weeks in my life. This year and season has been one of the toughest in my life.

“I feel good about where we are going at Germain Racing (and) the way these hard times have made us progress as a team and grow. When we get those right combinations clicking we are really going to be a strong team.”

Moving over to RCR?

Richard Childress Racing recently had an opening in one of its Cup series teams and filled it with Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric.

Asked if going to RCR’s No. 31 team was an option if he considered, Dillon said, “RCR has been my whole life and still is. I still go to the shop I was there a couple of times this week, but Germain Racing is my career right now and I’m putting everything into that. 

“Who knows what the future will hold or what it will bring, but I know what the next two years have in store for me and that is Germain Racing. That is all I can focus on right now and put 110 percent into that and I’m very excited for that.

“RCR has been my whole life it will continue to be my whole life, but in what capacity? We will find out.”

Next article
Almirola: "It was up to me" to show I belonged at SHR

Previous article

Almirola: "It was up to me" to show I belonged at SHR

Next article

Kyle Larson's playoff hopes take hit as NASCAR issues L1 penalty

Kyle Larson's playoff hopes take hit as NASCAR issues L1 penalty
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ty Dillon
Teams Germain Racing
Author Jim Utter