On Saturday morning, I had the chance to interview Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevy Camaro for Richard Childress Racing. He currently holds 4th place in the Nationwide Series championship standings, 13 points behind current leader Chase Elliott. Dillon has one win so far this season, which he earned in Indianapolis in the Lilly Diabetes 250. He was able to come in second overall in the 2013 Camping World Truck Series championship standings, winning in Kentucky and Texas. Dillon also became the ARCA champion in 2011 on the heels of seven wins that season. He placed 19th after he started in fourth position for Saturday’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200.
ISABELLE BEECY – You got your first Nationwide win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What was that like and how much did it mean to you?
TY DILLON – It was awesome to get a first win there. My whole family was there, I got my first Nationwide win and to have it be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway all in one was pretty awesome. And then on top of it, we won the Nationwide Dash For Cash so that was a huge experience. I still have a poster of it. I’m really just riding the momentum from that win and hope to get the championship.
IB – This will be your first career start at Mid Ohio. What have you done to prepare for this race and this track?
TD – I’m running a Camaro with Miller Racing in the Trans Am series so I got a couple hours of practice in before I got here with the Nationwide car. I think it’s very helpful. Our Yuengling Light Lager Chevy is pretty fast so we’ll see what really helps in the race.
IB – You recently did a charity event with Feed the Children and Speedway Children Charities. How did you get involved with that and what was that like?
TD – Atlanta Motor Speedway asked us to come down to a restaurant called Stat’s in Atlanta and help out to raise money for a great cause. It was a lot of fun and me and my fellow driver Dylan Kwasniewski participated. We had a lot of fun and it was all for a good cause.
IB – How unique would it be to race against Austin with RCR in the Cup series in the near future?
TD – It’ll be awesome, I’m looking forward to it in Atlanta. I love racing my brother. To get that opportunity against him is gonna be cool.
IB – With the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup having similar schedules, would you want the Nationwide Series to return to places like Nashville and Rockingham to have a separate identity for those working their way up to Sprint Cup?
TD – I would love that. I think the Truck series is doing a great job of going to some different places and giving itself a little bit better identity and put the spotlight on itself with special weekends. It’d be great for the Nationwide Series to start to go back to some old tracks but you still gotta have people come into the stands. I think that’s the only thing holding us back from going back to some of these old places. Maybe one day.