Dillon Siblings Set for NCWTS Kentucky Showdown
The last time 21-year-old Austin Dillon competed against his 19-year-old brother Ty at Kentucky Speedway, they ultimately settled their competitive differences with a fist fight.
"It was a Bandelero race here on the quarter mile. We were running terrible, both of us. I was running sixth or seventh and he spun me out for sixth. After the race, I hit him, my mom got in between us and we didn't talk all the way home. It's not going to happen again hopefully," Austin Dillon said of the first Kentucky encounter.
The sibling grandsons of prominent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner Richard Childress will approach tomorrow night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) "Kentucky 225" on civil terms when they race together in a NASCAR-sanctioned event for the first time.
The elder brother and NCWTS championship leader will be performing a unique brand of double duty in his second Kentucky NCWTS start of the season when he protects his two-point lead over Turner Motorsports driver James Buescher while attempting to help Ty Dillon race clean in his series debut in the No. 21 Kevin Harvick, Inc. truck.
Austin Dillon placed 14th in the series July 7 Kentucky Speedway 225-mile race after the hood of his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing truck unexpectedly flipped up at the midpoint of the race and forced an unscheduled pit stop.
"I feel like we gave away the race here in July. We had a really good truck and the hood fell off. I don't think anyone else's hood has fallen off this year. I'm looking forward to this weekend. It's the same set up and same truck with a new hood," Dillon said.
When asked about the specific advice he'll give his brother this weekend, he provided an interesting answer.
"None, he doesn't need any. He does a good job. He asked me last night if I was going to let him follow me and he's probably going to be following me at some point. If he has any questions, I'll answer them. He knows he has our whole team over there he can talk to also," he said.
Ty Dillon's ARCA Racing Series statistics reinforce that analysis. He ironically leads the series championship standings by 350 points over James Buescher's cousin, Chris, through 17 of 19 events this season.
Dillon, who plans to race the full NCWTS schedule next season, has scored seven victories, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes this season. He'll rely on that experience to take the "Kentucky 225" green flag with confidence.
"I've been watching Austin and his team the last couple of years. I've been going to a lot of races with him, seeing what they do.
"My team's been doing an awesome job this year. We've won a lot of races and had a good time. I'm glad we've been able to come here as a team with a fast truck. I think it'll be pretty good, we've got to learn a lot this weekend," Ty Dillon said.
Regardless of the outcome, he's is hopeful tomorrow's 225-mile affair is the start of something big.
"I've been really looking forward to this for a long time. It's a special race for us. The Busch brothers, it's pretty cool to look up to them and how they've made it into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We want to win like they do, they both have a lot of heart," he added.
Drivers take the "Kentucky 225" green flag at 8:00 p.m., to conclude a jam-packed day of track activity that features IZOD IndyCar Series practice and qualifying along with a 2:30 p.m. NCWTS autograph session and qualifying. Click the green event center button on the right side of this page for complete schedule information.
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Story by Mike Schmaltz