Dil­lon at­tempts to score a win for dad on Fa­ther’s Day

Cecil Whig - - 6 1 2 1 - Staff RE­PORT

NASCAR Wire Ser­vice

Ty Dil­lon pos­sesses quite the rac­ing lin­eage.

The No. 3 Chevro­let driver’s grand­fa­ther, Richard Chil­dress, earned en­trance into the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame in­duc­tion class last month and has cap­tured six NASCAR Sprint Cup Se­ries owner cham­pi­onships in his ca­reer.

Dil­lon’s fa­ther, Mike Dil­lon, made 158 NASCAR na­tional se­ries starts and serves in a vi­tal role at Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing as its vice pres­i­dent of com­pe­ti­tion.

Ty would like to do noth­ing more than win his first race of the sea­son for Mike on Fa­ther’s Day in Sun­day’s Amer­i­can Ethanol E15 250 pre­sented by Eno­gen at Iowa Speed­way (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

“My dad is one of my big­gest sup­port­ers,” Dil­lon said. “With­out him, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be rac­ing right now. He’s taught me so much from the time I de­cided to go rac­ing when I was 13 years old. He had a good rac­ing ca­reer and un­der­stands some of the things that I go through on a weekly ba­sis – he’s ex­tremely smart when it comes to how to race and what to look for when driv­ing the car. He’s a big part of our fam­ily busi­ness and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

“This week­end is very spe­cial to me – rac­ing and fam­ily are in­ter­twined in my life. I hope I can score him a win on Sun­day.”

Dil­lon has dis­played good form lately with five top 10s – in­clud­ing three top fives – in his last seven races. He ranks fourth on the NASCAR XFIN­ITY Se­ries Chase Grid where he sits a hefty 140 points above 13th-place Ross Chas­tain on the cut­off line. He can lock him­self into the Chase with a win.

In four ca­reer starts at Iowa Speed­way, Dil­lon claims two top-five and three top-10 fin­ishes with a high re­sult of fourth last Au­gust.

“This week­end is a great op­por­tu­nity to lock our­selves in the Chase and im­prove our po­si­tion­ing in the driver point stand­ings. We re­al­ize that the field is mostly XFIN­ITY Se­ries reg­u­lars and that Iowa is a track that I’ve had ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing, and rac­ing pretty well. We’re def­i­nitely at an ad­van­tage this week­end and feel that we should run well.

Adapt­able By­ron fi­nally faces fa­mil­iar track

New track. No prob­lem. Wil­liam By­ron has yet to visit an oval twice in his brief, eight-race NASCAR Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries ca­reer. Although in­ex­pe­ri­enced, the quick study has pi­loted his Toy­ota Tun­dra to two wins this sea­son, in­clud­ing his lat­est visit to Vic­tory Lane at Texas Mo­tor Speed­way last Fri­day.

On Satur­day, By­ron gets to bul­let around some fa­mil­iar scenery in the Speedi­atrics 200 at Iowa Speed­way (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1) – a track where he won on his way to the NASCAR K&N Pro Se­ries East cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

“I think our strong suit this year has been go­ing to dif­fer­ent tracks and be­ing able to adapt quickly, so go­ing to a track I’ve been to be­fore is go­ing to help us get up to speed a lot faster and be able to work on the truck even more,” By­ron said. “I think it’s go­ing to help us over­all and help us be a lit­tle bet­ter for the be­gin­ning of the race. In the races we’ve won I feel like our truck was the best at the end of the race, so hope­fully this week­end we can start the race as well as we fin­ish.”

The NASCAR Next alum has ex­ceeded his own ex­pec­ta­tions in his first full truck se­ries sea­son, regis- ter­ing three top fives and four top 10s in ad­di­tion to his two wins. By­ron ranks third in the points stand­ings and leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year stand­ings. He has also al­ready cap­tured a berth in the NASCAR Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries Chase play­offs by virtue of his vic­to­ries.

“I was ex­pect­ing Iowa to be the first place I might get a win just be­cause it is a short track and a place I have been to be­fore,” By­ron said. “To get two wins on two 1.5-mile tracks where I didn’t have any ex­pe­ri­ence at all was a sur­prise. That was the big­gest learn­ing curve so far this sea­son, so it’s def­i­nitely ex­cit­ing to have those fin­ishes and I’m ready to try and get more wins this year.”

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