Dillon to Graduate, Then Race
June 2, 2011 | 12:55 P.M. EST
Childress and Ty Dillon will attend graduation ceremonies Friday night before racing at Chicagoland Speedway. (ARCA Photo)
Across the country this weekend, millions of high school seniors will accept diplomas and complete the final step of high school: graduation. Among them will be Forsyth Country Day School's Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 41 Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Dillon, who graduates Friday, will miss the opening practice session for the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. After his graduation, he will travel with Richard Childress from North Carolina to Illinois for Saturday's ARCA qualifying session and race, which begins at 6 p.m. (ET).
Although he has yet to compete at Chicagoland, Dillon won at the similar Kansas Speedway last September. Dillon's Chevrolet is a new car, only run in tests at Chicagoland and Michigan International Speedway in recent weeks. He led the Chicagoland test session, driving a best time of 30.195 seconds (178.838 mph) over his 110 laps.
"I think (Chicagoland's) awesome," Dillon said. "We were really fast at the test, which gives me confidence heading into the race. The only other 1.5-mile track I've raced at is Kansas, and the track is different from that. Mostly, the shape is a lot different, but you drive the track similarly. It will be interesting for sure. My first lap back on the track will be for qualifying, so I'm anxious to see how I adapt with no practice time."