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Six Pack of Pop: Family Ty's

April 11, 2012, Joe Menzer,

Legendary lineage fuels young Dillon's successes on and off truck track

Ty Dillon, 20-year-old driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, answers this week's six questions.

1. You're fourth in points after the first two CWTS races this season. As a rookie, did you expect to be this strong this early?

"[Rockingham is] kind of a cool deal for me, because ... I would go to the racetrack with just my grandfather [Richard Childress], and me and him would hang out all weekend. So, it's a really cool track for me. "


Dillon: I knew we had great trucks and great equipment. I didn't expect a second place so quick out of the gate at Martinsville [in the second race], but I knew we were going to be top five. It's really got me excited going into the rest of the year.

My guys have just been doing awesome. We had a little bit of a rough practice at Martinsville, and we really showed that we can persevere, we have got a team that won't give up and we will be fast no matter what.

2. With the series going to Rockingham this Sunday, did you ever go to the Rock to watch races when you were even younger than you are now?

Dillon: I was able to go a lot when I was younger, me and my grandfather [Richard Childress]. I was probably six or seven years old. From then on, I would always ride up there with him in his Corvette, and we'd go up there and spend the whole weekend up there.

It was kind of a cool deal for me, because it was the time that I would go to the racetrack with just my grandfather, and me and him would hang out all weekend. So, it's a really cool track for me. I've been there a lot. Most of the races that [RCR] ran there, I was at them.

3. Obviously, you won there in the ARCA car. Do you feel like that is an advantage for you at all going into this weekend?

Dillon: Yeah, definitely. I feel like it's a huge advantage. I'm the last race winner there as far as a NASCAR-style race car. So I feel like I've got a really big advantage. My guys have a good setup going forward there. It's going to be tough to dial a truck compared to an ARCA car there, but I feel like I've got a good understanding of the race track.

It will be somewhat of an equal playing ground for the only time this year, I believe. Everybody's going there for the first time in a long time [other than a March 6 CWTS tire test]. We've been there racing lately more than anybody else has, so I feel like we might have a little bit of an advantage.

4. Because of your family situation and the fact that older brother Austin did so well in these trucks last year, winning the CWTS championship in the same truck you now drive, is it difficult for you with the spotlight on you so much?

Dillon: I kind of enjoy it. I like a little extra pressure. But I've said plenty of times that I believe in my guys. I've got the equipment that won the championship last year, the truck that won the championship last year. I've got most of my guys that have won the [ARCA] championship.

So, I believe in the equipment, my guys and myself -- that we can go out and prove to these people that we can go out and win this [CWTS] championship in our first year. Even though it is our rookie year, we've got all the resources in the world that we can use, and we'll go try to make it happen.

5. You and Austin are always so nice and respectful of each other in the public eye, but is there any brotherly competition that goes on behind closed doors?

Dillon: Oh, yeah, definitely. [The other] night we were playing a video game, NBA 2K12. It's a pretty cool game. The graphics are pretty awesome. We're not even basketball fans, but we've gotten kind of sucked into that game. ... It gets to be 1 a.m., and he wouldn't leave me alone, and he wouldn't let me go. I ended up losing a couple of games, and he wouldn't let me lose. So, I had to beat him before I could go to sleep.

It could be anything. We still have foot races back to the car. We do a lot of stuff together. We care about each other a lot, too. So, as competitive as we are, we always want to out-do the other one, but we always want to see the other one succeed and do things right. I think that's what makes us better as people, and better race car drivers.

6. How much do you think that having him as your older brother has helped fuel your competitive nature and helped you handle the stuff you have to handle as a race car driver?

Dillon: It's been everything. He's the person who has been there when I think I can't do something. He says, 'I've seen you do something like this before. You can do it. Go out there and do it.' He's the one that's motivated me. He motivates me all the time. We spend more time than anybody together. We know what each other are capable of doing.

So, we've pushed each other to the limits and want to see each other do better. If he wasn't there to push me, and I wasn't there to push him, I don't know if we'd be the same.