NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) driver Ty Dillon may still be trying to earn his first trip to victory lane, but the NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner’s 30-year-old grandson, Richard Childress, hopes his new Petty GMS team will soon be a winning team racing and vying for the championship. Dillon, the younger brother of current NCS driver Austin Dillon, is looking forward to visiting the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), where he holds a 19.8 GPA, for July 17 Amber 301. Dillon recently spoke to the NHMS ahead of New England’s only NCS race.
This is your first season with Petty GMS. Talk about the squad and how the season has gone so far.
“It’s a good start to the year. It was really exciting to race for Petty GMS. The first half of the year had its ups and downs. We’ve had some highs and some frustrating times, but really in the last three weeks we’ve kind of turned a corner and had some good speed in our race cars and we’ve just had really bad luck. We had a mechanical issue that probably prevented us from having a top 15 day in St. Louis, the tire shed didn’t really drop like we needed in Sonoma, but we had good speed there there, then this weekend, we were really strong and weren’t eliminated on our own. Our goal is to continue to grow throughout the year and to progress. I think we’re starting to do that, certainly on the speed side. We just need to get the results to fall into place, and we’re going to be exactly where we want to be and continue to grow this program until it’s a winning team in the race and in contention for the championship.
You come from a strong racing family with your grandfather Richard Childress, your father Mike Dillon and your brother Austin Dillon. What advice have they given you over the years on how to navigate your career?
“They’ve always been helpful, for sure, and I think my grandfather probably has the most experience understanding how a NASCAR driver’s career goes, but most of the time you learn by watching. how everyone conducts their career on and off the track. and what is successful. I think I did a good job keeping my eyes and ears open to try to do my best and get the most out of my career. I was helped along the way by good advice.
You had five Cup Series starts in New Hampshire. You have an average finish of 19.8. How do you think the new NextGen car will fare here, and what can racing fans expect on July 17?
“I think the car is going to perform very well in New Hampshire. I think it fits very well with this style of circuit. For me, I love racing on this circuit. It’s one of my favorite tracks we go on. I don’t know what it is, it fits really well, and I’ve had some really good runs there in the past, so I’m excited to get there in our #42 Camaro and see what we can do. I think the fans are going to get a really good show.
Speaking of the fans. New England racing fans are full of energy, they are passionate. What does it do to help fuel you as a driver?
“Any time the stands are full and the fans bring energy, it gives us even more juice at the start of the race. We feel that, and it’s contagious, and I think that just add to the racing. I think you get better races when you have a bigger crowd. All of us drivers want to do more for a bigger show.
What are some of your favorite stops when coming to New England?
“My wife and I love exploring and getting out on the lakes and trying to find new restaurants. We are always looking for new places. This is one of our favorite places to go and travel as a family simply because it It’s so beautiful in New Hampshire, and yes, we’re thrilled to be there.
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