Ty Dillon set for Sprint Cup debut at Atlanta
August 25, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Ty Dillon is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The 22-year-old Dillon, who won in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.54-mile track in 2012, will drive the Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet. The debut, initially revealed by Dillon and team owner Joe Falk back in July, became official with Monday's release of the entry list for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
"It's going to be apretty special moment when I make those first laps this weekend, one that I won't forget," said Dillon, a NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie. "I've been fortunate enough in my racing career to have great opportunities like this one. I'm looking forward to racing the No. 33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet under the lights on Labor Day weekend."
Dillon also tweeted this on Monday afternoon.
Dillon currently ranks third in NASCAR Nationwide Series points in the No. 3 Chevy Camaro for Richard Childress Racing, which has an alliance with Circle Sport. Dillon, the truck series runner-up in last season's standings, prevailed last month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his first Nationwide win.
Dillon has already gotten his feet wet in Sprint Cup cars, participating in a two-day test at Atlanta on Aug. 5-6. He also has a Sprint Cup test under his belt for RCR affiliate Furniture Row Racing and filled in during Sprint Cup practice when his brother, Austin, became ill at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Nick Harrison, who has served as crew chief in all three NASCAR national series this season, will call the shots for Dillon this weekend. Harrison was atop the pit box for Paul Menard's Nationwide Series victory in June in a Richard Childress Racing car, and he also oversaw Austin Dillon's truck series win at Pocono in early August, also in RCR equipment.