Ty Dillon scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on Friday evening in the Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway from the pole. The pole was Dillon’s second after his qualifying run during the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
Dillon’s win did not come easy. Kyle Busch made his return to CWTS competition on Friday in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Toyota Tundra. Busch had the lead until six laps to go where his handling gave out and Dillon passed him entering turn one.
“To finally do it means so much,” Dillon said in Victory Lane in a post race interview with SPEED TV.
With his win, Dillon moves closer to Timothy Peters for the championship points lead as he is just nine points behind Peters and three behind James Buescher. He also extends his lead for Rookie of the Year over Eddie Sharp Racing driver, Cale Gale.
Now that Dillon has won a race in NASCAR, he joins his elder brother Austin Dillon as a successful ARCA graduate although it took Austin only 12 races before he won his first race compared to Ty’s 16.
Ty Dillon’s win marks the fifth first time winner this season. He joins Sprint Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne, John King, Nelson Piquet Jr., Justin Lofton, and Joey Coulter as the fortunate first time winners this season.
The younger Dillon, the other grandson of owner Richard Childress, has become a strong competitor in the CWTS as he will attempt to win his second career race at Iowa in two weeks.