Ty Dillon is an American stock car racing driver, who currently competes full-time for Germain Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing, the team owned by his grandfather Richard Childress.
Earlier in a career, in 2011, Ty was the champion of the ARCA Series. In the same year, he debuted in the NASCAR Truck Series, progressing to second place finish in the 2013 Truck Series season. In 2015, he finished third in the Xfinity Series.
Ty is third generation driver in a family
Tyler 'Ty' Dillon was born on February 27, 1992, in Lewisville, North Carolina. He is a son of the former race car driver Mike Dillon and a grandson of former driver and current team owner Richard Childress, so it was natural for Ty, but also for his older brother Austin (born in 1990), to became a professional racer.
Started racing in grandfather's car
Ty Dillon began his racing career at the age 14, competing with Bandolero minicars. Year by year, he progressed through various competitions and debuted in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2009. He was driving grandfather's #3 Chevrolet in three races.
First NASCAR regional victory in 2010
In 2010, Ty's schedule in the K&N Pro Series East was expanded to eight races. He scored his first victory at Gresham Motorsport Park in Jefferson, Georgia, to finish 13th in the points at the end of the year. He also participated in three races of the ARCA Series, winning two times, at Kansas Speedway and Rockingham Speedway.
Ty Dillon - 2011 ARCA Racing Series champion
2011 ARCA Racing Series champion
In 2011, Ty Dillon entered the full season of the ARCA Series in the #41 Richard Childress Racing's Chevrolet. He lost the Rookie of the year award by two points, but he won the championship title with 340 points advantage over Chris Buescher. Ty Dillon had won seven of 19 races, three times winning from the pole (Talladega, Iowa and Clermont).
Truck Series debut with Kevin Harvick's truck
As a preparation for the full season in the 2012 NASCAR Truck Series, Ty debuted in the Truck Series at October's race at Kentucky Speedway. He was driving the #21 Kevin Harvick's Chevrolet and finished 18th. At second race, at Texas, Ty finished third. At the season-closing race at Miami-Homestead, Ty finished sixth, four places ahead of his brother Austin, who became the Truck Series Champion that year.
Ty's maiden Truck Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Maiden Truck victory at Atlanta
In his first full year of the Camping World Truck Series, Ty Dillon was driving #3 RCR Chevy Silverado in 22 races. With one victory and seventeen Top 10 results, Ty finished fourth in the standings. Ty scored his maiden NASCAR Truck Series win on August 31, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
During the year Ty had three starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Richard Childress Racing's cars, finishing seventh at Dover and Richmond and surprisingly taking third place at Indianapolis.
Dillon brothers and Richard Childress celebrate Ty's victory in Texas
Runner-up in the 2013 Truck Series season
In 2013, Ty Dillon returned to the Truck Series with #3 RCR Chevy, winning the races at Kentucky and Texas. He finished as the runner-up, behind Matt Crafton. In the Nationwide Series, Ty had nine appearances in the #33 RCR Chevrolet, with seventh place at Bristol as the best result.
Maiden Nationwide Series win at Indianapolis
In 2014, Ty Dillon became the Nationwide Series regular in the #3 Camaro. In his debuting full season, Ty caught his first victory in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With 24 Top 10 results, Ty finished fifth in the final classification and second in the Rookie of the Year standings.
Ty celebrating maiden Nationwide Series victory at Indianapolis
Ty debuted in the Sprint Cup Series in July 2014
Dillon debuted in the Sprint Cup Series in July at Atlanta Motor Speedway, qualifying 29th and finishing 25th with #33 Chevrolet. He participated in one more Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing 27th.
Third place in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity season
In 2015, Dillon's Xfinity Series season began with a third-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. In the whole season, he finished 12 times in Top 5 and 25 times in Top 10, but without victories. He finished third in the points, behind Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott. The season was marked by Ty's fist fight against Regan Smith after the race at Watkins Glen.
In the 2015 Truck Series, Dillon participated in three races with GMS Racing's #33 Silverado, finishing best in the second place at Atlanta. The Sprint Cup schedule was expanded to five races with #33 RCR Chevrolet, including Ty's debut at Daytona 500.
2016 was Ty's third season with #3 Camaro
One more year for Ty in the #3 Camaro
In 2016, Ty Dillon continues to drive #33 Richard Childres Racing Chevy Camaro in the Xfinity Series. He was close to victories with second place at Richmond and Pocono. At the end of the season, he was fifth in the points.
Dillon replaced Tony Stewart in three races
In the 2016 Sprint Cup Series, Dillon joined Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing, to share the #95 Chevrolet with Michael McDowell. He finished 25th at season-openign Daytona 500. Dillon was also a replacement for injured Tony Stewart in his #14 Chevrolet in three races.
Tony Stewart and Ty Dillon
Full-time in the Cup Series since 2017
In 2017, it was a time to enter full-time schedule in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ty joined Germain Racing to drive the #13 Chevrolet SS. In the Xfinity Series, he continues to drive the #3 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing. He scored no top 10 results in the Cup Series, with 11th place as the best result. In the Xfinity Series, he scored few top 5 finishes but scored no wins.
He had a similar programme in 2018, scoring his first Top 10 result in the Cup Series at Daytona's Coke Zero Sugar 400 where he was sixth. In 2019, he started a season in the #13 Chevrolet Camaro with the sixth-place finish at Daytona 500.