Richard Childress' Grandson, Ty Dillon, To Run Full 2011 ARCA Series Schedule
Richard Childress has made himself a household name to NASCAR fans with the success of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) since its beginnings back in 1976.
His son-in-law, Mike Dillon, also has made his mark in racing by being the Director of Competition at RCR.
Now, the spotlight has shifted to Childress' two grandsons—Austin and Ty Dillon.
Big brother Austin Dillon has made himself known this year by running the full 2010 Camping World Truck Series schedule, driving the historic No. 3.
After 22 races, Dillon sits fifth in points with two wins, seven top fives and 15 top 10s in his rookie year. He has plans to run the truck schedule again next year, though he'll also run some Nationwide Series races for Kevin Harvick Incorporated.
And now, little brother Ty Dillon plans to share some of the spotlight, as he prepares to run the complete 2011 ARCA Series schedule, making a bid for the championship.
"Well, going with statistics from this year, I can win 13.76 races of the 20 races on the schedule... just kidding," Dillion said in an interview on the ARCA Racing Network. "I know it's going to be difficult to run a full season of ARCA. Hopefully, we can keep winning and make a run for the championship. I'm looking forward to it.
"I think the most difficult thing for me will be staying focused through a long season. I haven't run a full season of anything yet, so staying focused and maintaining the same goals that we start the season off with will be important."
Dillon ran three races last year, winning two of them—Rockingham and Kansas.
"There were a lot of great moments in 2010, spread out among all the series I raced in," he said. "I think getting that first win of the year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Gresham Motorsports Park, followed by back-to-back ARCA Racing Series wins were all a really big deal for me. All three wins were really special in their own way and highlight my racing season."
Dillon got started in racing in 2006 with the Bandoleros and Legend Chargers, earning two victories.
In eight starts in the K&N Pro East Series this year, Dillon had one win, two top fives and four top 10s.
For the off-season leading up to next year, Dillon also doesn't plan on slowing down.
"I'm going to be hanging out with the guys in the shop and helping them with anything they need during the off-season," he said. "Two summers ago, I worked at our dirt shop, Team Dillon Racing, for the whole summer. I spent the season working on the dirt cars and really learning about how to work on cars by getting ready for races during the week.
"I like dirt track racing, and I plan to do a lot of it during the offseason, and even during the season next year in between asphalt races.
"Next weekend, I'll be racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway. I like to race as much as possible because it's the best way to keep in shape for racing.
"I will be hunting a lot during the off-season as well. I'm going to Africa and Montana with my brother and grandfather to hunt. And, I'm a senior in high school, so I will be going to classes during the off-season as well."