Ty Dillon
29-Year-Old Driver  
Gaunt Brothers Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The biggest name in the free agency pool entering the 2021 season is easily Dillon. The 28-year-old driver has 162 Cup Series starts to his credit and is coming off a 26th-place standings finish campaign. Germain Racing could no longer continue forward with the No. 13 team due to sponsorship issues and other struggles, so it sold its charter to 23XI Racing and packed it in this season. This left Dillon without a Cup Series ride and looking at new opportunities. Those have been few and far between, and as of this writing, Dillon is still searching. There are a handful of small race teams that could use an experienced driver like Dillon, but their upside is very limited and so would be the potential. He's a driver to watch closely as we enter February 2021, and see if anything significant can materialize. Read Past Outlooks
Fast Xfinity Series Practice
February 12, 2021
Dillon was fastest in opening practice for the Beef. It's What's For Dinner 300 Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 192.756 mph.
Dillon drove the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the top of the scoring pylon in the lone Xfinity practice for Daytona. He edged Riley Herbst to turn the fastest lap of the hour-long session. Dillon has great superspeedway racing skills and he's driving a powerfully strong car in the season-opener. He'll challenge for the win in Saturday's 300-mile race at Daytona.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The No. 13 Germain Racing team return intact for another season of Cup Series racing. Dillon posted a pretty good performance in this car last year. He grabbed a career-best three Top-10 finishes to go along with nine Top-15 finishes. It all added up to a career-best 20.6 average finish mark for the campaign. Dillon will once again be paired with crew chief Matt Borland and the two will look to continue their incremental improvement in the mid-pack of the Cup Series driver field. At 27-years-old and now with well over 100 Cup Series starts to his credit, Dillon is no longer a green driver in NASCAR's top division. The experience is noteworthy, and really the only limiting factor for this team is money and resources. Dillon and this race team should hold serve in the upcoming season.
Dillon is back for season three at Germain Racing in the No. 13 Chevrolet. Primary sponsor GEICO is also back, and that's great news for this small race team. Dillon posted his first-career Cup Series Top-10 finish last summer in the July Daytona race. That was a great accomplishment for this driver and this small race team, but there's much more work to be done. Dillon did see a slight fall off in starting and finishing position last year, and that's something that needs to be turned in the other direction. Crew chief, Matt Borland, is back for another season with the team and Dillon, and that continuity and chemistry should help. Dillon ended last season well with a pair of Top 15s and three Top 20s in the last six races. The team should ride that momentum into 2019.
The rookie campaign had many ups-and-downs. Dillon started last season hot with Top-15 finishes at Bristol, Talladega, Kansas and Dover in the spring. He climbed to as high as 21st in the driver standings by May, but that would be the peak. Dillon would finish outside the Top 20 most weeks during the summer, before heating up again a bit in the fall. It all added up to a campaign with no Top-10 finishes and a 24th-place ranking in the final driver standings. Gone is crew chief Bootie Barker, and in is new crew chief Matt Borland. The No. 13 Germain Racing team signed Dillon to a multi-year extension, so he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Dillon should take some steps in the upcoming season, but we don't expect a quantum leap of any kind. It should lead to more consistent racing and hopefully more Top-15 finishes in 2018.
The Richard Childress Racing youngster will get the big promotion to NASCAR's top division this season. He won't be racing for Rookie of the Year under that banner, but for RCR affiliate team Germain Racing. Dillon takes over the seat of Casey Mears at that camp. He'll be teamed with crew chief Bootie Barker and he'll do his very best to challenge Erik Jones for ROTY honors. Dillon has a pretty impressive NASCAR resume with four combined victories in the Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series in 164 starts. He finished runner-up in the truck series standings in 2013, and he's finished within the Top 5 of the driver standings of the Xfinity Series each of the last three seasons. At 24-years-old Dillon is a seasoned young driver making the jump to the Monster Energy Cup Series. He made 11 starts in this series last year to help prepare him for a successful rookie season.
Dillon will return for his third full season in the Xfinity Series in 2016. The 23-year-old RCR driver has compiled some nice stats over his first two years of racing in this series. Dillon nabbed a victory in 2014, and he’s combined to claim 49 Top-10 finishes over the last two seasons. It all added up to a great third-place finish in the final driver standings of 2015, but still short of the goal. Dillon will set out with crew chief, Nick Harrison, once again in pursuit of this series’ championship. It will be a tough battle with the likes of veteran Elliott Sadler and up-and-comers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez around, but Dillon will make a strong bid.
The Richard Childress Racing youngster had a very successful rookie season in the truck series in 2012. Dillon claimed one win, three pole positions and 17 Top 10’s during the 22-race schedule. That was good enough to waltz away with the Rookie of the Year award and come within a close brush of the championship during the wild season finale at Homestead. Dillon returns to the same team and crew chief in 2013 and will shift from rookie honors to winning the championship. We expect multiple race wins and a fantastic season for this NASCAR rising star. Dillon will set the pace for this field of young drivers.
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Daytona Road Course with Gaunt
February 8, 2021
Gaunt Brothers Racing will keep Dillon in its No. 96 Toyota Camry for the NASCAR Cup Series' second race of the 2021 season when drivers turn left and right Feb. 21 on the Daytona International Speedway road course, Gaunt Brothers Racing PR reports.
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Busch Clash with 23XI Racing
February 3, 2021
23XI Racing will get a head start on the season by having Dillon behind the wheel of the No. 23 Toyota in the Busch Clash Tuesday night at Daytona International Speedway.
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Partial Xfinity Schedule
January 27, 2021
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Dillon will drive the team's No. 54 Toyota Supra in select NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2021, including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.
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Daytona 500 Attempt Confirmed
January 19, 2021
Gaunt Brothers Racing has named Dillon as its driver for the 63rd running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Gaunt Brothers Racing PR reports.
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Working on Gaunt Brothers Deal
January 15, 2021
Dillon is in the process of finalizing a deal to run at least the first two races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with Gaunt Brothers Racing, Motorsport.com has learned.
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