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Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon American racing driver

American racing driver
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American racing driver
Is Racecar driver
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 27 February 1992, Lewisville, USA
Age: 28 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Family
Father: Mike Dillon
Siblings: Austin Dillon
The details
Biography

Tyler Richard "Ty" Dillon (born February 27, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is the younger brother of fellow NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, son of former driver and RCR general manager Mike Dillon, and grandson of Richard Childress. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Germain Racing.

Racing career

Early career

Dillon began his racing career in go-karts and Bandolero minicars. Moving up to the K&N Pro Series East in 2009, he competed for the series championship in 2010, finishing 13th in points despite only competing in eight races of the series' ten-race schedule. He scored one win in the series, in August 2010 at Gresham Motorsports Park.

After making three starts and winning twice, at Kansas Speedway and Rockingham Speedway, in the ARCA Racing Series in 2010, Dillon ran his first full season in the series in 2011, winning seven times on his way to winning the series championship. He defeated Chris Buescher by a 340-point margin for the championship, but lost the series rookie-of-the-year award to Buescher by two points.

NASCAR

Camping World Truck Series

Dillon made his debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011, finishing eighteenth at Kentucky Speedway, in preparation for running the full series schedule for Richard Childress Racing in 2012. In only his second Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway, he finished third. At Homestead, he finished 6th, right in front of his brother Austin, who was crowned champion that night after the race was called due to rain.

In the 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, he finished 9th. The following race at Martinsville saw Dillon score his best career finish, 2nd, finishing behind teammate Kevin Harvick. He recorded top ten finishes in each of the first five Truck Series races of the year. On August 31, he scored his first career Camping World Truck Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Returning to the Camping World Truck Series in 2013, Dillon went on to win at Kentucky Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series on June 27 of that year. In late August 2013, Dillon was leading the final lap of the Truck Series' first race in Canada against 17-year-old rookie Chase Elliott. In the final turn, Dillon and Elliott made contact, with Dillon winding up hitting the tire barrier and Elliott winning the race. Dillon afterwards stated that the next time they raced each other "he won't finish the race". At Texas, Dillon won the 100th race for a No. 3 car/truck in NASCAR.

Dillon finished second in the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, behind Matt Crafton; he was named the series' Most Popular Driver at the season-ending awards banquet.

In 2014, Dillon returned to the Truck Series for the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, racing the same truck he had driven in the previous year's race. Dillon finished 5th in the event. Dillon later entered the final race of the season in the No. 9 for NTS Motorsports in place of Brennan Newberry, finishing 7th.

In 2015, Dillon drove three races in the No. 33 Chevrolet for GMS Racing at Daytona, Atlanta and Eldora where he earned two top tens in these races. Dillon drove one race in the No. 31 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports at Bristol where he was crashed late in the race.

Dillon returned to the CWTS in 2017 at Martinsville, driving the No. 99 Chevrolet Silverado for MDM Motorsports and finished 5th. Dillon also ran at Eldora for the 2017 Mudsummer Classic, finishing 12th.

Xfinity Series

Dillon at Road America in 2014

In early June 2012, Dillon made his debut in the Nationwide Series in the 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway. In July he finished third in the first Nationwide Series race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In August 2013, it was announced that Dillon would be moving full-time to the Nationwide Series for 2014, where he would drive the No. 3 Chevrolet for RCR, replacing brother Austin.

Dillon won his first career Nationwide Series pole at Las Vegas. He won a second pole which came at Kentucky. His third career pole came at Kansas.

On July 26, 2014, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dillon got by Kyle Busch on the final restart and held off Busch to win the race. Dillon finished second to Chase Elliott in the 2014 NNS Rookie of the Year standings.

In 2015, Dillon began with a third-place finish at the season opener at Daytona. On August 8, 2015, at Watkins Glen, Dillon was involved in a huge fight with Regan Smith when Dillon dumped Smith in turn one and caused Smith to finish in the 20th position. Despite going winless, Ty Dillon finished a career-best 3rd place in the final point standings for 2015 with a career high in top-10s (25) and top-5s (12).

In 2016 at the season opening race at Daytona, Dillon scored his fourth career Xfinity Series pole and his first since the 2014 season. Dillon brought home a $100,000 bonus by winning the Dash 4 Cash at Richmond finishing second, after the three other Dash 4 Cash drivers all crashed out of the race in the same wreck, late in the going. He finished 2nd to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the race. Coming back to Daytona, Dillon drove a very special Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum paint scheme for the July 4th weekend, in which he finished 14th place.

For 2016, NASCAR used the Chase format in the Xfinity Series. Dillon made the Chase in 2016 on points but was eliminated after a close battle with Justin Allgaier. Dillon finished 5th in points for 2016 with five season-best second-place finishes (Richmond, both Iowa races, Dover during the chase, and Homestead).

Dillon ran 27 Xfinity races in 2017; he will not run the Iowa races in June and July, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Kentucky in September, and Homestead. Although he moved up full-time to the Cup Series in 2017, Dillon continued to drive the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for RCR but now on a part-time basis. At the Xfinity opener at Daytona, Dillon was running up front until the last restart when he ran out of fuel and finished 19th. After two more bad finishes, Dillon began a so-far three race streak of top-10 finishes, with two consecutive 10th place outings at Phoenix and Auto Club and then an 8th place run at Texas. He followed this finish with another top-10 finish with a 6th place outing at Bristol and 19th place outing at Richmond. He then scored a 14th place outing at Talladega. He then finished 18th at Charlotte. Dillon then scored three consecutive top 10 finishes, by coming home in 10th place at Dover, 8th place at Pocono and then 6th place at Michigan. At Daytona, Dillon finished 21st after a crash. He finished 5th at Kentucky. He then finished 5th at Loudon. Then at Indianapolis, Dillon finished 10th.

He then finished 7th at Watkins Glen. Then at Bristol, he finished 4th. At Darlington, Dillon finished 7th. Then at Richmond, he finished 3rd. At Chicagoland, he finished 8th place.

In 2018, Dillon ran a few Xfinity races in the No. 3 Camaro as there are other drivers sharing the same ride.

Cup Series

On July 15, 2014, RCR announced Dillon will make his Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 33 with Hillman-Circle Sport LLC in partnership with RCR in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After qualifying 29th, he finished 25th. Dillon returned to the No. 33 for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, qualifying 26th and finishing 27th.

In September 2014, sponsor Yuengling and RCR announced they would field the No. 33 for Dillon at the 2015 June Pocono race. On December 9, RCR stated Dillon would drive the No. 33 for Hillman-Circle Sport in the Daytona 500.

In 2016, Dillon joined Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing, splitting the No. 95 with Michael McDowell with sponsorships from Cheerios and Nexteer among others. Like the 33, the 95 has an alliance with RCR. Dillon also ran the No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing, substituting for an injured Tony Stewart. Dillon would finish seventh at Talladega for the running of the GEICO 500, but the credit would go to Stewart since he started the race. At Pocono, Dillon would lead his first three laps in Sprint Cup competition. Dillon took over for Regan Smith in the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 as Smith flew back to North Carolina to await the birth of his child.

On November 28, 2016, it was announced that Dillon would replace veteran Casey Mears, who has been with Germain for six years, in the No. 13 GEICO-sponsored Chevrolet for Germain Racing in 2017. Along with Geico, Twisted Tea will be a primary sponsor of Germain Racing for a few races in 2017. Dillon began the 2017 season with a crash in the Daytona 500. The next race at Atlanta, he scored a 15th place outing. The next week at Las Vegas, he finished in 21st place. He followed this up with a 16th place finish at Phoenix, a 22nd place finish at Martinsville, and then a 17th place finish at Texas. He followed this finish with 15th place finish outing at Bristol and then a 26th place finish outing at Richmond.

Dillon, driving the No. 13 Twisted Ice Tea-sponsored Chevy for Germain Racing in the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400.

At Talladega, Dillon finished a career-best 13th, after avoiding the 'Big One'. He followed this finish with a 14th place outing at Kansas. This was followed by a 36th place finish at Charlotte. Dillon led 27 laps at Dover and was running with the leaders but wrecked in overtime and finished 14th. At Daytona, Dillon had the lead with 3 to go but faded to 16th on the final restart. At Kentucky, Dillon finished 33rd.

In the second part of 2017, Dillon managed to score 8 top-20 finishes including two then career-best finishes of 11th. He finished 24th in the final points standings.

After a rough first half of 2018, Dillon managed to avoid several 'big ones' to finish a then career-best sixth place in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona. This was Dillon's first career top-10 finish in the Monster Energy Cup Series in 71 starts.

To start the 2019 season, Dillon managed to score another 6th place finish, reminiscent of his previous Daytona top 10. Once again, he avoided multiple large wrecks to get the 6th place. Dillon managed to run as high as 5th place in overtime. At Bristol, Dillon won his first stage ever after holding off Clint Bowyer in a two-lap shootout after a restart in stage 1, finishing the race in 15th. In the GEICO 500, Dillon won his second stage in his career, winning the first stage. Dillon also scored his first-ever top 5 finish and highest finish in his cup career at the rain-shortened July Daytona race, with a fourth-place. Along with Joey Logano, Dillon was running at the checkered flag at every single race run during the season. Like 2017, he finished 24th in points.

Ty Dillon’s 2020 season started off with him DNFing at that years Daytona 500, finishing 30th. The next week at Las Vegas, Dillon finished 10th, his first top 10 at a non-plate track. For The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington, he’d start 33rd, determined after a random draw, and finish 19th. The starting positions for the upcoming Toyota 500 would be determined by inverting the 1st-20th place finishers of The Real Heroes 400, giving Dillon a spot on the front row starting 2nd, alongside Ryan Preece.

Other racing

On June 16, 2014, Dillon announced he would make his Trans-Am Series debut at Road America for Miller Racing in the No. 12 TA2 Chevy Camaro. After starting 6th, Dillon finished 4th.

In popular culture

Television and film appearances

In 2019, Dillon made a cameo in the movie Stuber.

Personal life

Dillon grew up in the piedmont of North Carolina with his parents, Tina and ex-driver Mike Dillon, and his brother Austin Dillon who also drives in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Dillon's grandfather is Richard Childress, a North Carolina businessman and former professional stock car racing driver.

On December 28, 2013, Dillon announced his engagement to his girlfriend Haley Carey, a former driver herself and Charlotte Hornets cheerleader. They were married by Dillon's good friend Ray Wright on December 20, 2014 at Childress Vineyards. On May 26, 2017, Fin & Field named Dillon the Most Interesting Sportsman in the World for the Spring of 2017.

On November 20, 2017, Ty became a father as he and Haley Dillon had a daughter named Oakley Ray Dillon.

Dillon does weekly vlogs following his personal and racing life in a series called The Ride similar to fellow competitors Brennan Poole, Noah Gragson, Anthony Alfredo, Ryan Vargas, Justin Haley, and Brett Moffitt.

Dillon formerly co-owned sports management agency Team Dillon Management with his brother Austin Dillon which currently manages both themselves, John Hunter Nemechek, AJ Allmendinger, Anthony Alfredo, Tanner Thorson, Kaulig Racing, Brian Gay, and Chris Stroud. On December 5, 2019 Dillon announced he would leave TDM and join fellow competitor Kevin Harvick’s KHI Management Agency.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2014 Richard Childress Racing 33 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX DAR RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL
RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO
HOM 60th 0
2015 DAY
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN
CLT DOV POC
MCH
SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
56th 0
2016 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 95 Chevy DAY
TEX
POC
MCH
SON DAY KEN
NHA IND POC GLN BRI MCH DAR RCH DOV
CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
53rd 0
Stewart-Haas Racing 14 Chevy ATL
LVS PHO
CAL MAR BRI
RCH TAL
KAN DOV CLT
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Chevy CHI
NHA
2017 Germain Racing 13 Chevy DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
MAR
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
KAN
CLT
DOV
POC
MCH
SON
DAY
KEN
NHA
IND
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
RCH
CHI
NHA
DOV
CLT
TAL
KAN
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
24th 593
2018 DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
MAR
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
DOV
KAN
CLT
POC
MCH
SON
CHI
DAY
KEN
NHA
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
IND
LVS
RCH
CLT
DOV
TAL
KAN
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
27th 482
2019 DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
MAR
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
DOV
KAN
CLT
POC
MCH
SON
CHI
DAY
KEN
NHA
POC
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
IND
LVS
RCH
CLT
DOV
TAL
KAN
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
24th 613
2020 DAY
LVS
CAL
PHO
DAR
DAR
CLT CLT BRI ATL MAR HOM TAL TEX DOV KAN MCH POC POC IND KEN NHA MCH GLN DOV DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT KAN TEX MAR PHO -* -*
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2015 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 31 28
2016 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 12 25
2017 Germain Racing Chevrolet 18 30
2018 23 39
2019 22 6
2020 24 30

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2012 Richard Childress Racing 33 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV
MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI 117th 0
51 IND
IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH
CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2013 33 DAY PHO LVS
BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL
DAR
CLT DOV
IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY
NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI
ATL RCH
CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX
PHO HOM
105th 0
2014 3 DAY
PHO
LVS
BRI
CAL
TEX
DAR
RCH
TAL
IOW
CLT
DOV
MCH
ROA
KEN
DAY
NHA
CHI
IND
IOW
GLN
MOH
BRI
ATL
RCH
CHI
KEN
DOV
KAN
CLT
TEX
PHO
HOM
5th 1148
2015 DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
IOW
CLT
DOV
MCH
CHI
DAY
KEN
NHA
IND
IOW
GLN
MOH
BRI
ROA
DAR
RCH
CHI
KEN
DOV
CLT
KAN
TEX
PHO
HOM
3rd 1172
2016 DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
DOV
CLT
POC
MCH
IOW
DAY
KEN
NHA
IND
IOW
GLN
MOH
BRI
ROA
DAR
RCH
CHI
KEN
DOV
CLT
KAN
TEX
PHO
HOM
5th 2214
2017 DAY
ATL
LVS
PHO
CAL
TEX
BRI
RCH
TAL
CLT
DOV
POC
MCH
IOW DAY
KEN
NHA
IND
IOW GLN
MOH BRI
ROA DAR
RCH
CHI
KEN DOV
CLT
KAN
TEX
PHO
HOM 99th 0
2018 DAY ATL
LVS PHO
CAL TEX
BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT
POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN
NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI
ROA DAR
IND
LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 94th 0

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts Ref
2011 Kevin Harvick Inc. 21 Chevy DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR
TEX
HOM
39th 105
2012 Richard Childress Racing 3 Chevy DAY
MAR
CAR
KAN
CLT
DOV
TEX
KEN
IOW
CHI
POC
MCH
BRI
ATL
IOW
KEN
LVS
TAL
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
4th 784
2013 DAY
MAR
CAR
KAN
CLT
DOV
TEX
KEN
IOW
ELD
POC
MCH
BRI
MSP
IOW
CHI
LVS
TAL
MAR
TEX
PHO
HOM
2nd 764
2014 DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD
POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO 95th 0
NTS Motorsports 9 Chevy HOM
2015 GMS Racing 33 Chevy DAY
ATL
MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD
POC MCH 86th 0
NTS Motorsports 31 Chevy BRI
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
2017 MDM Motorsports 99 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD
POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL 78th 0
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Chevy MAR
TEX PHO HOM
2018 Young's Motorsports 12 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD
POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 100th 0

K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2009 Richard Childress Racing 3 Chevy GRE TRI IOW SBO
GLN NHA TMP ADI
LRP NHA
DOV 29th 400
2010 GRE
SBO
MAR
NHA
LRP LEE GRE
NHA
DOV
13th 1089
33 IOW

K&N Pro Series West

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2010 Jim Offenbach 31 Chevy AAS PHO IOW DCS SON IRW PIR MRP CNS MMP AAS
PHO 55th 165
2011 PHO
AAS MMP IOW LVS SON IRW EVG PIR CNS MRP SRP AAS PHO 68th 165

Canadian Tire Series

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NCTC Pts Ref
2013 Fitzpatrick Motorsports 4 Chevy MOS
DEL MOS2 ICAR MPS SAS ASE CTR RIS MOS3
BAR KWA 42nd 49

Season still in progress
Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2010 Richard Childress Racing 41 Chevy DAY PBE SLM TEX TAL TOL POC MCH IOW
MFD POC BLN NJE ISF CHI DSF TOL SLM KAN
CAR
38th 700
2011 DAY
TAL
SLM
TOL
NJE
CHI
POC
MCH
WIN
BLN
IOW
IRP
POC
ISF
MAD
DSF
SLM
KAN
TOL
1st 5220
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