Ty Dillon To Make Sprint Cup Debut Next Month
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 15, 2014 | 11:39 A.M. EST
Ty Dillon, who ranks fourth in the Nationwide Series standings, is set to make his Sprint Cup debut next month at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
Ty Dillon is scheduled to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut next month at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Mike Dillon, vice president of competition at Richard Childress Racing, told Motor Racing Network.
Ty Dillon ranks fourth in the Nationwide point standings after last weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He has 11 top-10 finishes in 17 starts this season.
Should the 22-year-old Dillon make the Aug. 31 Atlanta race, it also would mark his first Sprint Cup race against his brother, Austin, who is a rookie this season.
Mike Dillon says that Ty Dillon, his son, will drive the No. 33 car for Circle Sport, which is aligned with RCR, at Atlanta. Part of the reason why Ty Dillon will make his debut at Atlanta is that Richard Childress Racing is scheduled to test there next month.
“I'm really looking forward to the opportunity,’’ Ty Dillon said on Motor Racing Network's "NASCAR Live."
It won’t the first time Ty Dillon has tested a Cup car. He has tested with Furniture Row Racing this season.
“He’s been fast when he’s gone,’’ Mike Dillon said. “Feel like he’ll be fine.’’
Mike Dillon said the plan is for Ty Dillon to run a second Cup race later this season but where and when will depend on sponsorship.
What RCR is doing with Ty Dillon is similar to what it did with Austin Dillon’s progress to Cup. Austin Dillon made his Cup debut in 2011 at Kansas when he was competing in the Truck series. That was his only Cup start of the year. He started one Cup race in 2012 during his rookie season in the Nationwide Series before running 11 Cup races in 2013 while en route to the Nationwide title.