Ty Dillon

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Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon 2016 Road America.jpg
Dillon at Road America in 2016
Born (1992-02-27) February 27, 1992 (age 24)
Lewisville, North Carolina
Achievements 2011 ARCA Racing Series Champion
Awards 2012 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
17 races run over 3 years
Car no., team No. 95 (Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing)
2015 position 56th
Best finish 56th (2015)
First race 2014 Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2016 Citizen Soldier 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
108 races run over 4 years
Car no., team No. 3 (Richard Childress Racing)
2015 position 3rd
Best finish 3rd (2015)
First race 2012 5-hour Energy 200 (Dover)
Last race 2016 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
First win 2014 Lilly Diabetes 250 (Indianapolis)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 67 4
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
52 races run over 5 years
2015 position 86th
Best finish 2nd (2013)
First race 2011 Kentucky 225 (Kentucky)
Last race 2015 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
First win 2012 Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 (Atlanta)
Last win 2013 WinStar World Casino 350K (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 35 5
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
2 races run over 1 year
2013 position 42nd
Best finish 42nd (2013)
First race 2013 Pinty's Presents the Vortex 200 (Mosport)
Last race 2013 Pinty's Presents the Clarington 200 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of October 15, 2016.

Tyler "Ty" Dillon (born February 27, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon, son of former driver Mike Dillon and grandson of Richard Childress. He currently drives the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series full-time. He also drives the No. 95 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dillon at the 2011 UNOH Dirtcar Nationals
Dillon at Rockingham in 2012

Dillon began his racing career in Bandolero minicars.[1] Moving up to the K&N Pro Series East in 2009,[2] he competed for the series championship in 2010, finishing 13th in points despite only competing in eight races of the series' ten-race schedule.[3] He scored one win in the series, in August 2010 at Gresham Motorsports Park.[4]

After making three starts and winning twice, at Kansas Speedway and Rockingham Speedway, in the ARCA Racing Series in 2010,[5] Dillon ran his first full season in the series in 2011, winning seven times on his way to winning the series championship.[6][7] He defeated Chris Buescher by a 340-point margin for the championship,[8] but lost the series rookie-of-the-year award to Buescher by two points.[9]


Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Dillon made his debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011,[1] finishing eighteenth at Kentucky Speedway,[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

In the 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, he finished 9th.[13] The following race at Martinsville saw Dillon score his best career finish, 2nd, finishing behind teammate Kevin Harvick.[14] 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".[15] At Texas, Dillon won the 100th race for a #3 car/truck in NASCAR.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] Dillon finished 5th in the event.[19] Dillon later entered the final race of the season in the No. 9 for NTS Motorsports in place of Brennan Newberry, finishing 7th.[20]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Dillon at Road America

In early June 2012, Dillon made his debut in the Nationwide Series in the 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway.[21] In July he finished third in the first Nationwide Series race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[22] 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.[23]

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 top twenty.

In 2016 at the season opening race at Daytona, Dillon scored his fourth career Xfinity Series pole. Dillon brought home a $100,000 bonus by winning the Dash 4 Cash at Richmond, after the three other Dash 4 Cash drivers all crashed out of the race in the same wreck, late in the going.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

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.[24] 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.[25]

In September 2014, sponsor Yuengling and RCR announced they would field the No. 33 for Dillon at the 2015 June Pocono race.[26] On December 9, RCR stated Dillon would drive the No. 33 for Hillman-Circle Sport in the Daytona 500.[27]

In 2016, Dillon joined Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing, splitting the No. 95 with Michael McDowell with sponsorship from Cheerios and Nexteer among others.[28] 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.[29] Dillon would finish 7th 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. Dillon took over for Regan Smith in the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Chevy at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 as Smith flew back to North Carolina to await the birth of his child.[30]

Other racing[edit]

Dillon in the 2014 Trans-Am race at Road America

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.[31] After starting 6th, Dillon finished 4th.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Dillon is the brother of Austin Dillon, currently driving in the Sprint Cup Series, and the son of Mike Dillon, former Busch Series driver.[33] He is also the grandson of Hall of Fame car owner Richard Childress.[6][34] On December 28, 2013, Dillon announced his engagement[35] to his girlfriend and Charlotte Hornets cheerleader Haley Carey.[36] Dillon and Carey were married on December 20, 2014.[37] Dillon is a Christian.[citation needed]

Motorsports career results[edit]


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

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2015 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 31 28
2016 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 12 25

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

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


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  37. ^ Crew, Shake and Bake. "Ty Dillon marries girlfriend Haley Carey in true NASCAR style". 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrick Sheltra
ARCA Racing Series Champion
Succeeded by
Chris Buescher
Preceded by
Joey Coulter
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Ryan Blaney
Preceded by
Nelson Piquet, Jr.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
Succeeded by
Ryan Blaney