Ty Dillon: 'It's time for us to win a race'
May 16, 2014, Brad Norman, NASCAR.com
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There was Regan Smith winning the season-opening event at Daytona. There was fellow Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott going back-to-back with victories at Texas and Darlington. And most recently, there was Elliott Sadler avoiding the wreckage to win at Talladega.
A win by a Nationwide Series regular grants the victor access into sort of an exclusive club, like gaining membership into the Elks Lodge. And Dillon is sick of watching from the outside. He wants to break down the door.
"I'm ready for it for sure," Dillon said following Friday's three-hour first practice at Iowa Speedway. "I know our guys are working hard to get better and better every week. We just have to put a full race together, start getting a little more consistent in our top-fives. But it's time for us to win a race. And there's no better place to do it than Iowa."
The Richard Childress Racing driver, currently fifth in the points standings, called Iowa the one track where he's logged more laps than anywhere else on the circuit. And yet, he's never started a Nationwide Series race here at the 0.875-mile oval. But he does have three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit, plus a litany of laps in other, smaller series.
A breakthrough in the same equipment Ty's brother, Austin, used to record a runner-up finish here last year could set forth a trend, too.
Last year, three different Nationwide Series regulars combined for four total wins in all of 2013 -- a span of 33 races. Those numbers have already been matched this year. And Sunday's Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams serves as the first stand-alone event of the season, so there are plenty of opportunities forthcoming to nab victories with not many -- if any -- Sprint Cup Series drivers moonlighting in the field.
"I think we kind of unloaded with what we know works here, what Austin has run really well here, that was kind of our baseline setup," Ty Dillon said of his Sunday chances. "We made a couple of runs, kind of tuned it in and we'll keep working on it.
"Now, it's time for us to get in Victory Lane. I feel like our team's ready for it."