Ty Dillon is looking to keep up his impressive performance from Daytona last week.
Now, he’s aiming to shock the field once again on the search of another Top 10 finish of 2018 this Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.
He started off from an impressive 19th spot as he followed his brother Austin in the Top 10.
Though, as the race pack shifts between both the high and bottom lanes, T. Dillon lost a bit of ground to settle 15th in Stage 1.
After he made his first stop towards Stage 2, he had to slow down his car by hopping inside the apron.
When he found out why he slowed down, it revealed to be a fuel pressure issue.
Luckily, Ty Dillon escaped with no risks from the car as he still ran on the lead lap.
When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. bumped Brad Keselowski into the outside, he received some damage to the splitter.
With ample time heading towards the final stage, the No.13 crew checked T. Dillon to check the left front fender is okay.
T. Dillon thought he has damage to that area but his crew members gave the all clear.
It allowed him to return inside the Top 5 as the spotter did a great job telling T. Dillon to use whichever right lane so he can not give up his spot.
He stayed inside the bottom lane as he came home 5th in Stage 2.
After that solid run, the No.13 then pulled off a magnificent stop with two right side tires by winning the race off pit road.
He may have lost a couple of spots down in 15th during the early portions of Stage 3.
However, when T. Dillon survived all wrecks through overtime, he gave the all clear to finish out in 6th.
Despite a late flat tire scare, Ty Dillon & Germain Racing celebrated their best run so far of 2018 as they celebrated post-race with fireworks coming from Daytona.
Ty Dillon’s Kentucky Speedway Record
Before we look further into his Cup starts, Ty Dillon won a race before here at Kentucky Speedway.
That’s back in 2013 during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the No.3 Chevrolet Silverado for Richard Childress Racing.
Yes, two of these Cup starts are with lower-budget teams.
But Ty Dillon is in his sophomore year as part of his learning curve at the top level.
When he made his Kentucky Cup debut back in 2016, he started off from 30th before finishing in 25th for Leavine Family Racing.
Don’t forget that he lead lap during that run too.
Fast forward 12 months ago during his first full-time Cup year, T. Dillon didn’t enjoy a great run when he ended up 33rd.
- Two Starts
- 517 of 541 Laps Completed, 95.6%
- One Lap Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 27th, 2017
- Best Finish: 25th, 2016
- Average Start: 28.5 & Finish: 29
Ty Dillon’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season.
- 18 Starts
- 4917 of 5140 Laps Completed, 95.7%
- Three Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 17th, March 2018 in Fontana
- Best Finish: 6th, July 2018 in Daytona
- One Top 10, 5.6%
- Average Start: 26.9 & Finish: 24.3
- DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Kansas).
- He currently sits 29th in the Drivers’ Standings with 244 Points.
- 39th, Daytona 500
- 26th, Atlanta
- 24th, Las Vegas
- 30th, Phoenix
- 27th, Fontana
- 22nd, Martinsville
- 13th, Texas
- 28th, Bristol
- 20th, Richmond
- 15th, Talladega
- 24th, Dover
- 38th, Kansas
- 21st, Charlotte
- 23rd, Pocono
- 21st, Michigan
- 33rd, Sonoma
- 28th, Chicagoland
- 6th, Daytona
Ty Dillon is demonstrating excellent talent last week mainly on a superspeedway track like Daytona.
Despite racing in a small-car team, he can maximize his potential whenever Richard Childress Racing opens up a third car next year.
There’s a chance that he & his brother Austin can make even better success at a top team like RCR.
For now, Germain Racing will be willing to shock the entire field this Saturday.
He already has One Top 10 on his plate so far in his entire Cup career.
You never know but solidifying pit and race day strategies could unlock his potential to more significant heights.
A first Top 5 cup finish would be great to tick off his bucket list.
Hard work pays off time after time & even better rewards could come sooner for Ty Dillon at Germain Racing.
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