The Dillion Brothers Put Themselves On Top In NASCAR

By Christy Valdez

NASCAR is known to be a family sport but one family is making itself known as top competitors in two of NASCAR’s top series.

Austin and Ty Dillion are both currently running in NASCAR’s top series, and they have kept themselves within contention. Austin is racing for the Nationwide Series title meanwhile Ty is racing for the Camping World Trucks Series title. Both brothers made the move up into a new racing division this year after having success in their previous ventures.

For Austin the 2012 season is a season of new beginnings. Austin went into the Nationwide Series this year after capturing the trucks tile last season. Through his first Nationwide season Austin has been the top rookie. In 18 Nationwide Series starts Austin has accomplished 14 top tens and 10 top fives. Austin has captured a win this 2012 season that helped him surpass the 2011 Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Although Austin has managed to work his way to the top of the Nationwide standings there have been a few speedbumps along the way. NASCAR had penalized Dillion and his No.3 team after failing inspections in two weeks, one was post-race after his victory and the other was after qualifying at Daytona. Despite the technical trouble Austin managed to come back and he won the first of the Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash.

Meanwhile the younger of the two Dillion brothers is making is racing in his first full NASCAR season after a successful ARCA run. Ty is currently racing in the Camping World Trucks Series, replacing his brother in the No.3 truck. Ty did race in three truck races in 2011 where he managed two top tens and one top five finish. In his first trucks season, Ty has managed nine top 10’s and two top fives in ten races. He even made his Nationwide debut this season for Richard Childress Racing when they needed someone to drive the No.33 car.

Ty is also a top rookie in the trucks series, as both brothers are racing for Rookie of the year honors in both series’.

Both Dillion brothers have made progress for their first season in their respective series. They’ve made plenty of progress that it has led both brothers to second place in each series’s standings.

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