Last year, Ty Dillon did what he needed to in the truck race at Kentucky Speedway as he captured the victory ahead of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. Heading into this year’s Nationwide Series event, Dillon hopes that the previous success leads to more this year.
“It kind of helped in the confidence when unloading here today in that I knew how to get around this place and get in victory lane,” Dillon commented. “We were really fast as we hit on something the last half of the second practice. I feel we have an opportunity to run upfront and do well on Friday night. I think everything with RCR’s Nationwide program is starting to head in the right direction in the last two weeks and I think Kentucky will be a good track for us.”
Dillon’s comments are being backed up by the results on track as both Dillon and his Richard Childress Racing teammate Brian Scott were fast throughout practice. They’ve also been to victory lane recently, with Paul Menard winning a couple weeks ago and Brendan Gaughan winning last weekend at Road America.
Dillon feels that he’s the next driver in line to capture a victory now that he’s gotten used to working with crew chief Danny Stockman. Dillon noted their struggles were as a result of a “lack of familarity” in the people who were surrounding him and being shifted through three different crew chiefs in the limited amount of starts that he has in the Nationwide Series.
“Now that we’ve have a couple races into the season, (Danny) Stockman and I have started to find a couple things to make our racecars better and we’re starting to progress in the right direction,” Dillon commented. “Last week was a good week for us – minus the transmission – and I think we’re heading in the right direction. The main thing is I want to win races and I think the points will come with that so I think we’re heading in the right direction.”