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After four Cup Series terms driving for Germain Racing, Ty Dillon will be a free agent after the season finale in Arizona on November 8.
The only reason that will happen is the exit of the main sponsor GEICO + unable to find another backer that led to Germain putting up for sale.
And just a nearly a day ago, Germain successfully sold its assets to Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan consortium to put Bubba Wallace in a Toyota next year.
With Germain joining Leavine Family Racing as the second team to leave NASCAR in 2020, what’s next for Ty Dillon to secure a ride in 2021?
This team still gets the technical support from Richard Childress Racing in the solitary No.00 Chevy race car.
It has a full-time charter that StarCom purchased from RCR’s former No.27 team at the end of 2018.
It remains to see whether StarComm will swap out Quin Houff for Ty Dillon.
This season Houff’s best finish is P27 on only two occasions than Landon Cassill’s four Top 25 marks last year.
Ty Dillon gained a few years of Cup Racing with some impressive finishes in the Top 20-25 mark along the way.
And he will no doubt improve this squad and look to emulate the GO FAS Racing/Germain model by ending the unwanted attention of alerting a yellow to gain some air time on TV.
Richard Petty Motorsports
Another option for Ty Dillon to consider is joining RCR’s affiliate squad, Richard Petty Motorsports.
And it’s easy to say that RPM is still part of the Childress building going into 2021 thanks to the departure of Bubba Wallace.
If RPM can attract an extra investor, sponsorship $$$ themselves & grab 2nd charter back that Rick Ware Racing used for so long, then they can choose at few drivers & shortlist down to at least two to pick up the work where Bubba left off.
Talent-wise, he will come here as a more experienced driver having learned the basics well while at Germain with some good results, mainly in the Top 20 & some occasional Top-Half finishes.
The best is yet to come for Ty Dillon in upgraded equipment & budget.
Like the Busch Brothers, we could see a close battle of the Dillon Brothers & possibly stamp up some top-half results on the board.
Richard Childress Racing
If Quin Houff stays for another year & someone replaces Bubba at RPM, how about a return trip memory lane to Richard Childress Racing.
The last time RCR fielded a 3rd Cup goes back to 2019 with Tyler Reddick behind the wheel only on for the Daytona 500 & Spring Kansas race as an open car operation.
Next up, will RCR buy a charter from elsewhere to re-open the 3rd car for Ty Dillon?
That will depend if they can attract extra sponsorship to cover the 36 races for that 3rd seat.
If so, it will be great to put Ty Dillon in the No.8 car alongside brother Austin in the No.3 numberplate and rearrange Tyler Reddick to either the No.5 or No.7.
Otherwise, if they can’t get this scenario over the line and Ty Dillon cannot secure any seat, then there will be a few options:
- Retire and work for their management team.
- Run some part-time Cup races with RCR in an open-car at more massive tracks where’s it one of his best strengths.
- Race some Xfinity Series races in the No.21 Chevy for RCR.
Kaulig Racing Cup Series Team
If most of the rides don’t work out for him, how about the last resort to keep his Cup career alive?
That would be Kaulig Racing, who currently runs as a well-established & RCR affiliate Xfinity Series team for 3-4 years now.
It’s no secret that Austin Dillon raced with Kaulig in the Xfinity Series for a couple of occasions before.
Kaulig should consider Ty Dillon joining that organization but only if it’s a Cup Series team.
Kaulig did attempt & compete a Cup race once during the Daytona 500 this year in the No.16 Chevy open-car with Justin Haley.
And Haley did very well to survive all the carnage where he finished in P13.
If Kaulig wants to Cup racing full-time, they would have no problem getting some sponsors that supported them for many years in the Xfinity side & get Ty Dillon onboard.
The only next step would be if Kaulig needs a charter or enter full-time as an open-car team?
Time will tell if Ty Dillon makes that move.
It’s hard to say right now because Ty Dillon continued this foundation in a positive note with Germain over the last four years.
Similarly, his best bet would be joining StarComm if Quin Houff doesn’t return in 2021.
I don’t think RPM will re-expand back to two cars at this stage since they’re staying here.
One of their owners hinted that Bubba’s replacement in the No.43 Chevy would continue to be diverse & can bring sponsors themselves.
Otherwise, he would end up at Kaulig Racing’s planned full-time Cup team in the No.16 Chevy.
He’s built small-car teams that reached some highs before, and there’s no doubt that Ty Dillon will take that opportunity once more in the hope of Kaulig echoing Germain’s level for the next few years.