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Ty Dillon: '16 Cup plan 'to be with RCR'

Driver making third Cup start of 2015 at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Ty Dillon was a bit more definitive about his 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series plans on Friday morning.


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"The plan is to be with be RCR," Dillon said. "And that’s definitely what I want to do and my grandfather (Richard Childress Racing team owner Richard Childress) so we’re working 100 percent. There might be options later down the road, but right now we’re 100 percent focused on getting sponsorship for full-time for RCR."

That said, the driver who is currently second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings in his second full-time season says there is "nothing real concrete" yet about the move up.

"We had talks, actually starting last year that going into this year we were going to start searching for an opportunity for me to run full-time in the Sprint Cup Series, like my brother (Austin) after his second year in the XFINITY Series. But it’s a slow process. We’re doing a lot of different things and working with a lot of different people. It’s not really our main focus. It’s kind of on the back burner at this point.

"But if we could get something nailed down early, it would only help our effort for next year. But right now, my main focus as a driver is getting experience."

The 23-year-old did offer up his dream scenario for next season, though.

"I think in a perfect world, just to kind of put it out there, I would love to run both series full-time and compete for the Rookie-of-the-Year title in the Sprint Cup Series and do what my brother is kind of doing this year in the XFINITY Series, but run all the races if I could."

Austin Dillon has run 10 XFINITY Series races so far this season with two wins, in addition to a full Sprint Cup slate.

Dillon will make his third Cup start of 2015 in Sunday’s Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) and fifth of his career. His best finish so far was a 25th-place showing in his debut last Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.