Dillon nabbed second, third-place finishes in adjacent Truck, XFINITY races Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live HAMPTON, Ga. -- Double-duty. From Joe Gibbs Racing 's Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to Team Penske 's Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano , plenty of NASCAR's biggest names have routinely raced in multiple national series events for many of the season's weekends for years. Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon has gotten a taste of that each of the first two weeks of the season thus far, running all three races at Daytona -- including his first Daytona 500 start -- followed by the XFINITY / Camping World Truck Series Hisense 250 /Hyundai Construction Parts 200 double-header at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday. Dillon wasn't alone in doing so, as he was joined by Erik Jones , Daniel Suarez, John Wes Townley , Ryan Sieg and Morgan Shepherd in the 450-mile, two-race conquest. Where his feats did stand out, however, were at the front of the pack. The 23-year-old finished third in the XFINITY race -- behind race-winning Sprint Cup Series champ Kevin Harvick and Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano -- and second in the Truck Series race -- behind two-time defending series champ Matt Crafton . Not too shabby. "When you can come out of a race track like Atlanta, that's so tough to drive, with two top-three finishes in two of the top-three series, it's awesome," Dillon said following the Truck Series race. "I'm very happy with the way the day went. "It was nice running two of everything and making it to the media center twice. I thought I'd sit in Joey (Logano)'s chair this time; he's had some good luck so I'm sitting where he sat during the last (post-race press conference following the XFINITY race) … I've always dreamed of being a driver who runs multiple series in a weekend; hopefully in the Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY and Trucks." Dillon will be competing for the driver's championship in the XFINITY Series, but will have a shot at plenty of trophies and Victory Lane celebrations between his occasional Cup and Truck starts remaining this season. The most valuable thing he'll take away from these additional races, however, is the experience. Saturday's races gave him a front row seat to what that looks like. "Obviously, we were racing against a guy who just won the Daytona 500 and two guys who were just battling for the ( Sprint Cup Series) championship, so they obviously know what they're doing," Dillon said of Logano and Harvick, respectively, who have 80 combined XFINITY and Truck Series victories between them. "You see them in front of you, you get hungry. You want to get up there and battle with those guys, but hopefully down the road when I gain more experience, I'll be able to compete a little bit better in that situation, but I was proud of our run. "All in all, the circumstances, maybe a couple more restarts and we might've been able to race with them a little bit harder, but it is what it is. They're pretty dang good here. I think Harvick's won just about every time he's raced here, so I'm proud of our effort and hopefully next year we come back and we'll be able to race with them." Dillon will get another shot at doubling down this weekend in Sin City, when the RCR driver gets behind the wheel of his No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET, FS1) and the No. 33 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . "It's a great feeling to start the season off on back-to-back third place finishes," Dillon said. "It gives us a lot of confidence and I wouldn't be surprised if we go compete for a win next week in Las Vegas." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Ty Dillon talks about the experience of racing in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series in the same day at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ty Dillon , Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and others talk about trying to catch Kevin Harvick at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon wreck with 3 laps to go in the DAYTONA 500.
Cole Whitt, Michael Annett among others to punch ticket into field Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Daytona 500 starting lineup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Considering Ty Dillon has likely been to the Daytona 500 every single year of his life -- heck, Jeff Gordon even joked after Thursday night's Budweiser Duel at Daytona International Speedway that the Richard Childress Racing driver "was probably strolled around here" -- the history surrounding the World Center of Racing isn't lost on the 22-year-old. Come Sunday, he'll be part of it after finishing 16th in the first of two Duels at the 2.5-mile speedway, locking up the on-the-bubble spot and highlighting an unlikely cast of players set to hit the big stage in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). MORE: Dale Jr., Johnson win Daytona Duels "It's amazing. I've been coming here since I was a little kid and watched my grandfather's teams win races," said Dillon , who overcame a broken shifter late in the 60-lap event. "To be a part of so much history and to put my name in a Daytona 500 start, it means so much to me. This sport means so much to me. The history and what it is, it's just hard to explain to people I have such a different side of racing than other drivers, being a part of it my whole life. This is the Great American Race and I'm just so happy. "I wanted to be in this so bad and I've wanted to be a part of this for so long, it just meant a lot to me." Apart from the crop of obvious "made its," Dillon -- who will make just his third career Cup start Sunday -- will be joined by a group featuring the likes of Landon Cassill, Cole Whitt, Michael McDowell, JJ Yeley and Michael Annett, who all advanced following the first race. The underdogs that squeezed their way into the field in the second race of the evening included Ryan Blaney, Reed Sorenson, Mike Wallace, Justin Allgaier, David Gilliland and David Ragan, who recovered from a mid-race wreck to finish 14th. Johnny Sauter's strong time during group qualifying put him in the 43-car field as well. WATCH: Sauter spins after contact with Allmendinger Drivers that failed to make the Daytona 500 field were: Justin Marks and Ron Hornaday Jr. (Duel 1); Alex Bowman, Jeb Burton, Brian Scott and Josh Wise (Duel 2). Annett was involved in a wreck involving Danica Patrick and Jeb Burton during a practice session on Wednesday and was forced to have switch to a backup for this race. The backup was actually the reserve of HScott Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier's, which was re-skinned from the No. 51 to the No. 46. "To go out there, knowing we had a Hendrick engine under the hood and a Hendrick chassis, we were more than confident," said Annett, who finished 14th in the opening Duel. "This car handled just as good as our primary did and really didn't have any doubts or worries about it. We knew it was going to handle good. Did everything I asked of it. "Played it safe for about 55 laps, riding around in the back. I know it's no fun, but we knew we had to get to the end and we knew the car was going to be strong enough to do everything we asked it to when we needed it to. Those last five laps were hectic, holding your breath for however long it takes to get around here so we're in and now we can sleep and actually eat a meal and enjoy it and breathe a little bit better." Sorenson was in a somewhat similar situation, being the unfortunate focal point of the Daytona 500 qualifying mishap that Clint Bowyer was vocally upset over earlier in the week. The Team Xtreme Racing driver blocked Bowyer on Sunday during the group qualifying session, sparking a large wreck and even larger subsequent debate over qualifying procedures and the drastic measures lower-funded teams need to take in order to make the field. RELATED: Bowyer sounds off on group qualifying After a convincing seventh-place finish in the second Duel, there's no debate: Sorenson will be starting 14th on Sunday. "Monday morning we didn't know if it was going to be possible to pull it off but we did, so I'm extremely happy," Sorenson said. "It's a big deal for a team like this to make the Daytona 500, so I'm proud of everybody at Xtreme and now we can have fun. "We have nothing to lose in the race and we're going to give it all we've got." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
The 22-year-old RCR driver earns fifth pole of Truck career
RCR No. 3 driver has two points between himself, second-place Regan Smith RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Ty Dillon is aware of his points situation, but the numbers aren't the focus for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, nor his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team. "We're looking at them, but we're looking at trophies first," Dillon , 22, said Oct. 4, moments after finishing fifth in the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway . "We've got to get wins." Dillon , younger brother of Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon and grandson of team owner Richard Childress, sits third in the series' standings, trailing JR Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Regan Smith . The Kansas finish allowed Dillon to close the gap on the two somewhat -- he now trails Elliott by 40 and Smith by only two points. The series travels to Charlotte Motor Speedway next, site of Friday night's Drive For the Cure 300. It's one of three Nationwide Series races in the final four events of the season that will be contested on 1.5-mile tracks, with stops at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami also remaining. The only non 1.5-mile venue is Phoenix International Raceway. "We've been really strong on these mile-and-a-halves the second half of the year," Dillon said. "Ever since Paul (Menard) kind of kicked it off with a win at Michigan." Menard competes full-time for RCR in the Sprint Cup Series; Michigan is a 2-mile track, but it's the intermediate-track program that Dillon has in mind. Short tracks haven't been the team's bread and butter; the bigger circuits fall more into its wheelhouse. Dillon scored his first Nationwide Series win earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway , a week after finishing fifth at Chicago. He was ninth at Atlanta, seventh on a return trip to Chicago and third a week later in Kentucky, all -- except for Indy -- 1.5-mile stops. In 2012 and 2013, he competed in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series , scoring three wins and finishing fourth and second in the points standings. He and crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. know what is required to run competitively, and what it takes to win. His team hasn't gotten "complacent" since moving up to the Nationwide Series, he said. "I think in the past we would come to the track, win a race and maybe get complacent with our cars," Dillon said. "The guys have just kept their heads down and kept digging and digging. We're getting faster and faster each week. "We've got some work to do on the short tracks, for sure, but we've got some mile and a halves left to go and we've got a lot of confidence going into (them)." All three of Dillon's poles this season have come on 1.5-mile tracks -- he scored his first at Las Vegas in the series' third race of the season, added another at Kentucky and the most recent last week at Kansas. "Getting the pole ... was a huge boost and running the way we did, having a car that was capable of me making mistakes and still coming back through the field was a nice relief," he said. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Rookie finishes seventh but gains little on Chase Elliott, Regan Smith RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today JOLIET, Ill. – Ty Dillon closed the gap on the two drivers in front of him in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, but the Richard Childress Racing driver knows the gain was a slim one. With only seven races remaining, the opportunities are dwindling. The series returns to action Saturday, Sept. 20 with the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway (7:30 p.m, ESPNEWS). "Technically, we did what we needed to do, (we) beat the guys that are ahead of us in points, but we've got to do a lot better to get up there in the championship," Dillon said after finishing seventh in Saturday's Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway . Points leader Chase Elliott (JR Motorsports) finished 10th and now leads teammate Regan Smith , who finished eighth, by 18 points. Dillon trails the leader by 40. Elliott Sadler ( Joe Gibbs Racing ) and Brian Scott (RCR) both finished in the top-10 Saturday and remain fourth and fifth, respectively, in the standings. "We had speed all day, especially on restarts," Dillon said. "We could really go on restarts. But at the start of the race, our splitter kind of detached from the fascia on our front end and had a really bad flutter. Any time it would flutter (the car) would get really tight, so we had to come in and fix that and restart at the back I guess about 70 laps into the race. From there on, it was kind of a battle." Dillon worked his way back inside the top 10 and was running eighth following a restart on Lap 140. When Jeremy Clements brought out the caution at Lap 153, Dillon and his team, led by crew chief Danny Stockman Jr., opted for a fuel-only stop. As a result, he gained four positions to restart fourth. "(We) tried to hold everybody off," Dillon said. "I don't know if we finished sixth or seventh, we were side by side with (Sadler) at the line. ... Not a bad day for the adversity we had to come through." Trevor Bayne finished fifth, highest among the series' regulars. Sprint Cup Series drivers and a part-time Nationwide Series driver in Ryan Blaney swept the top four spots, with Kevin Harvick scoring the victory. It was the 19th top-10 of the season for Dillon , who earned his first career NNS win earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . But Elliott, like Dillon a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, has three wins and 20 top-10s, while Smith has one win and 22 top-10s. Neither of the JR Motorsports drivers has shown any indication of faltering down the stretch. "We've been kind of battling from behind all year," Dillon admitted. "... Getting behind early in the race is nothing new to us; we're used to fighting from behind. "Hopefully things will start going our way and we run to our full potential." Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
WESCO stays on board with the No. 3 Chevrolet in the XFINITY Series RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Ty Dillon will have WESCO International, Inc. back on board his No. 3 Chevrolet for the 2015 XFINITY Series season, Richard Childress Racing announced on Friday. WESCO has been with RCR and Dillon since 2012. This season to date, WESCO has been the primary sponsor for Dillon in seven races. "We are thrilled to extend this sponsorship into the 2015 season," RCR team owner Richard Childress Racing. "WESCO has been a key partner in our Nationwide Series program. It has been an honor working with a company that puts such a strong emphasis on customer engagement and satisfaction. I've been able to meet many of their customers, employees and vendor-partners and see firsthand the strong relationships WESCO builds each day." Dillon is currently fifth in the Nationwide Series standings. He scored his first career Nationwide Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. He is making his second career Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
This marks Dillon's second pole win of 2014 RELATED: Full race lineup Ty Dillon won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season Saturday at Kentucky Speedway , posting a fastest final-round lap of 175.690 mph. It capped a strong couple of days from Richard Childress Racing, which consistently had its cars at the top of the leaderboard during Friday's practices. Dillon will lead the field to green in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 , which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET later tonight and will be televised on ESPNEWS. Part-timer Sam Hornish Jr . qualified second with a speed of 175.245 mph in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, with Brendan Gaughan , Cale Conley and Brian Scott rounding out the top five. Gaughan, Conley and Scott also drive RCR vehicles. Group qualifying at the 1.5-mile track consisted of a 25-minute opening round in which the 24 fastest cars advanced to the 10-minute second round. The top 12 fastest in the second round advanced to the final five-minute round. Driving the No. 20, Justin Boston earned his spot in the final round by finishing 12th in the second round. It was enough to top Dylan Kwasniewski (13th), Chase Pistone (16th) and Austin Theriault (17th). In the first round Ryan Reed finished 24th, just ahead of J.J. Yeley and Jamie Dick , to advance into the second round. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule