Ty Dillon to make Sprint Cup debut at Atlanta
July 15, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Nationwide Series rookie to make Sprint Cup debut in No. 33 car
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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ty Dillon is scheduled to make his Sprint Cup Series debut next month at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet.
Dillon, 22, is the younger brother of Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon and the grandson of Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing. He is currently fourth in the Nationwide Series points standings, with 11 top-10 finishes in 17 starts.
"I am excited to hopefully be making my Sprint Cup debut," Dillon told MRN's NASCAR Live. "I am looking forward to the opportunity."
According to Circle Sport owner Joe Falk, who confirmed the move Tuesday, the decision to put Dillon in the car for Atlanta is part of the arrangement between the two organizations.
"Richard and I work together on who we put in the car 90 percent of the time," he said. "It's all part of what we do with RCR."
While there may be an additional start with Circle Sport in 2014 for Dillon, Falk said the Atlanta event is the only one confirmed at this time.
Dillon trails points leader Regan Smith by 34 as the Nationwide Series prepares to head to Chicagoland Speedway for the July 19 EnjoyIllinois.com300 (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. ET).
Dillon told MRN's NASCAR Live that he did a test for Furniture Row Racing earlier in the year (RCR has a technical alliance with Furniture Row). Ty also got some seat time in a Cup car when he filled-in for his brother, Austin, during a practice session at Texas in April. Austin was battling an illness at the time so Ty took the car out in qualifying trim.
Dillon finished second in the Camping World Truck Series standings in 2013 before making the move into Nationwide competition this season.
"We run (Earnhardt Childress Racing engines) in all the restrictor-plate races," Falk said, "and of course with Ty in the car, and when (RCR driver) Brian Scott is in the car. We buy all our cars from RCR an get the full engineering package when the driver is one of theirs."
Timmy Hill (3), Bobby Labonte (1), Alex Kennedy (2), David Stremme (6), Scott (5) and Morgan Shepherd (1) have all made one or more starts with the No. 33 team this season. Scott won the pole earlier this year at Talladega.
“It’s a good deal for us,” Falk said of his organization, adding that the goal is to obtain enough primary sponsorship to allow the team to continue to increase its alliance with RCR.