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Handy: Ty Dillon Continues to Show He Belongs in MENCS


Ty Dillon, Rookie of The Year Contender and driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing, continues to show he can race in NASCAR’s top series as he continues his string of solid finishes week in and week out.

Dillon started Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway in the 22nd position, but quickly worked his way forward. Dillon’s Twisted Tea pit crew had great stops throughout the race.

As the sun went down Dillon’s main concern was grip and balance, which was addressed by Crew Chief Bootie Barker when Dillon pitted.  Barker and crew managed tires very well throughout the race which helped Dillon have a pair of stickered tires to end the race with.

“Man, did this team fight hard. We struggled in the first two stages to find the perfect balance for our No. 13 Twisted Tea Chevrolet. We spun when we stayed out with old tires, but we didn’t get too much damage and were able to recover, Dillon said.”

Dillon walked away with a solid top-15 finish, his second in a row.

“Ty, you did great. Billy O (Spotter), you did great. Crew. Solid. Solid. That’s what we needed. P14, good job everybody, said Barker after the race.”

Overall Dillon was happy with a 14th place finish, but he knows there’s still work to be done and things that can be improved upon.

“We have a lot of notes to take back with us on our intermediate-track program. There is still some work to do, but we’ll get there,” said Dillon.

The previous weekend, Dillon finished the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a solid 13th place finish. Dillon already has four top-15 finishes in 11 races in 2017. Don’t forget this is Dillon’s first full-time season in the Cup Series.

Dillon has been nothing short of consistent if you take away a crash at Daytona to open the season, and some bad luck along the way at Richmond where he was running in the top-10, but ended up received some late race contact to finish 26th.

Consistency is what will bring the No. 13 to victory lane and Dillon certainly has a shot at winning this season if strategy plays out in the team’s favor. Whether a victory comes or not in Dillon’s Rookie season he is doing exactly what he needs to do and that is improving each week.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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