A few days after his older brother, Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon, won a U.M.P. Modified event at the DIRTcar Nationals, Xfinity Series driver Ty Dillon did the same in last night’s action at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.
Taking advantage of traffic late during the 20-lap feature, Ty Dillon took the lead and held off Nick Hoffman and Kyle Strickler to win. Jake Hawkins followed in fourth and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.
Other NASCAR notables included Kenny Wallace in eighth, Ken Schrader in 15th, Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton in 17th, and Cup driver Justin Allgaier in 18th.
“I’ve been working hard for this,” Ty Dillon said in a release. “It’s just so cool all the North Carolina guys come down here and run so well. I knew Kyle was going to be tough to pass and I kind of had to slide across him there. I saw up on the board there was only 3 [laps] to go so I knew I had to make something happen.
“I’m proud of my guys, we’ve been coming down here for a long time. Volusia’s like a second home for us, coming to race at. I’m just so happy for everybody. This is so much fun. Got my Gator [trophy] this year, man. I’m happy and proud of all my guys for all the hard work.”
Austin Dillon got an early start on his Speedweeks – and a successful one, too.
The second-year Sprint Cup driver for Richard Childress Racing won from the pole position in a U.M.P. Modified event last night at the DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, Florida.
His younger brother, RCR Xfinity Series driver Ty Dillon, finished third in the same event behind Austin and runner-up Nick Hoffman following a green-white-checkered finish.
“It’s a great start to our week – it always has been,” Austin Dillon said in a release. “I love coming here. It definitely gets your confidence up when you come out the first night and win one.
“We have a long week ahead of us and hopefully, I can get some more wins. I just hope it’s not like when you go fishing and you catch one on the first cast.”
Several other NASCAR notables were also in the 20-lap feature, including former Cup veterans Kenny Wallace (fifth) and Ken Schrader (13th) and current HScott Motorsports Cup racer Justin Allgaier (23rd).
Austin Dillon will begin preparing for his first Sprint Unlimited appearance with practice on Friday before Saturday night’s 75-lap exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.
He earned a bid in the Unlimited by winning the pole for last year’s Daytona 500. His Unlimited car is the same one he took to a fifth-place finish at Daytona last July and a 13th-place finish at Talladega last October.