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
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
Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon wreck with 3 laps to go in the DAYTONA 500.
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.
Sprint Cup regular Dale Jr. posts top-10 speeds during both sessions Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live XFINITY Series Practice 1 " Full results Austin Dillon clocked the fastest lap in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Dillon , the only driver to break the 30-second barrier in the 55-minute session, drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 180.977 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He'll be making his second XFINITY Series start of the season in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Dale Earnhardt Jr . was second-fastest at 179.414 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet that he co-owns. He was just ahead of JRM teammate Regan Smith , who registered the third-fastest lap at 178.453 mph. Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin completed the top five. Joe Gibbs Racing wound up using two fill-in drivers in their three entries for Saturday's 300-miler. Matt Kenseth was an emergency sub in the No. 18 Toyota for rookie Daniel Suarez, who was treated in the infield care center for a stomach ailment. Suarez felt well enough to turn a handful of laps near the end of the session, but it was Kenseth who posted the team's best lap, a 177.363-mph speed that was ninth-fastest overall. Hamlin will substitute all weekend in Gibbs' No. 54 Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch , who suffered multiple lower-leg injuries in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway . Defending series champion Chase Elliott , Erik Jones , Elliott Sadler , Darrell Wallace Jr ., Cale Conley , Ross Chastain , Kenseth, Earnhardt, Smith, Hamlin and Blaney were all held out of the first 15 minutes of practice. Their respective teams all served a penalty for being late to technical inspection last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . XFINITY Series co-leader Ty Dillon was sixth-fastest of the 35 drivers who participated in the opening season. Chris Buescher , who shares the top spot in the standings, was 13th-fastest. Series regular Brian Scott didn't complete a lap after the engine in his Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet developed early trouble. XFINITY Series final practice " Full results Opening practice leader Austin Dillon continued to lay down fast lap times during Friday's final practice session for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . The No. 33 driver propelled his Richard Childress Chevrolet around the Nevada oval at 182.927 mph. After replacing the engine in his No. 2 ride, Brian Scott finally hit the track for the second practice. The lack of seat time a few hours earlier didn't seem to deter the Richard Childress Racing driver, as he posted the second-fastest speed, circling the speedway at 179.665 mph. Rounding out the top five were RSS Racing's Ryan Sieg (179.384 mph), Richard Childress Racing 's Brendan Gaughan (179.348 mph) and JR Motorsports' Regan Smith (179.301 mph). Sprint Cup Series veteran Denny Hamlin is subbing for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this weekend. After running the most laps during the final practice, Hamlin ranked seventh on the leaderboard. Posting the ninth-fastest speed was JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who is wheeling the team's No. 88 machine this week. JRM driver and reigning XFINITY champion Chase Elliott rounded the 1.5-mile track 18th-fastest in his No. 9 Chevrolet. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez missed most of the first session due to a stomach ailment, but was back behind the wheel of his No. 18 Toyota by the final practice. He posted the 19th-fastest speed on the leaderboard. The XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. ET, for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying with coverage on FOX Sports 2. 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
Hamlin, Keselowski round out top three on Auto Club leaderboard in first session
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
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
Third pole of 2014 for Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender RELATED: Qualifying results Ty Dillon won his second Coors Light Pole Award in the past three races with Saturday afternoon's effort at Kansas Speedway . In the No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon posted a best lap speed of 183.943 mph in the final round of multicar qualifying to win his third pole of the season. The Kansas Lottery 300 is scheduled for later today at 3:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN, with Dillon and Ryan Blaney (183.686 mph) leading the field to green. Blaney was just 0.041 seconds behind Dillon in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Chris Buescher continued to his strong recent run and qualified third (183.393 mph) in his No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Kevin Harvick (183.362 mph) will start fourth, ahead of Brian Scott (183.299 mph). Series points leader Chase Elliott will line up 12th on the grid. Richard Childress Racing teammates Scott and Dillon led the opening two sessions, respectively. Matt Kenseth (181.622 mph) finished 13th in the second round and did not make the 12-driver final session. Neither did Ryan Reed (180.898 mph, 14th), Dylan Kwasniewski (180.789 mph, 15th) or James Buescher (180.463 mph, 16th). Regan Smith, second in the points standings to JR Motorsports teammate Elliott, qualified 24th in the field but will have to start from the rear, and in a backup car. He spun around in Turn 2 during the 10-minute second round, and his No. 7 Chevrolet incurred heavy damage. And because qualifying was hours before Saturday's race, Smith hasn't had any seat time in his backup vehicle. The red flag had previously been displayed in the second round when John Wes Townley hit the wall, but the break to clean the track of debris following Smith's wreck was significantly longer. Group qualifying at the 1.5-mile track consisted of three rounds, with 24 cars advancing from the first round to the second and 12 cars advancing to the final five-minute round. Milka Duno qualified 34th and will make her NASCAR debut. Morgan Shepherd, Tanner Berryhill and Ryan Ellis did not qualify. 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