After a Disappointing Cup Campaign, Is Richard Childress’s Grandson Just Seat Warming for a 17-Year-Old?

Published 12/30/2023, 1:38 PM EST

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After days of contemplation and speculation, the curtains were finally lifted on Richard Childress’ grandson’s NASCAR future. Losing his seat to an incoming rookie Cup Series driver, uncertainty loomed over what lay ahead for Ty Dillion. However, after Friday’s announcement that he is set to pilot the #25 Chevrolet Silverado for Rackley WAR beginning in the 2024 season, the dilemma seems to have simmered down. But his new move has also raised a few more questions as a NASCAR insider claims.

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One such question is whether Ty Dillon is eyeing for a long stint in the Truck Series or is he just a protective shield for another driver? Is this alliance just a foreshadowing of a bigger narrative at play?

Is this Ty Dillon’s chance to prove his racing caliber?

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After losing his Cup Series seat at Spire Motorsports due to a disappointing 32nd place in 2023, Ty Dillon emerged as one of the forerunners for Kaulig Racing’s vacant Cup Series seat. However, with AJ Allmendinger set to return for the upcoming Daytona 500, the hopes of earning a Cup Series seat dwindled for Childress’ grandson. As a result, the driver is set to head back to the Truck Series of NASCAR, after he forged an alliance with Rackley W.A.R. However, it seems that this alliance is just the tip of the bigger narrative.

NASCAR insider Eric Estepp suggested on his YouTube podcast that, Ty Dillon could only be protecting the seat for team CEO Curtis Sutton’s son, Dawson Sutton. Estepp said, “I am looking forward to watching Ty Dillon in the Rackley WAR 25 this year. I still believe he’s kinda keeping the seat warm for Curtis Sutton, the CEO of the team. He has a kid, who I believe is 17-years-old, racing late models. I don’t know truly how good he is. But we all know how this works. I imagine once he turns 18, he will have a great shot at driving that #25 Truck if he wants to.” Esteep also believes the move to Truck Series is good for Dillon and with a “decent truck” and plenty of Cup Series experience for him, he expects Dillon to finish consistently in top 15.

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Regarding Ty Dillon’s future, the driver has one year to reaffirm his racing caliber to the NASCAR organizations and convince them that he is suited for the Cup Series. He said, “Ty Dillon is looking to prove to other team owners that he’s still got it, that there is something there. He’s auditioning for his 2025 opportunity and beyond.”

Esteep suggested Dillon could bag a seat once again in NASCAR’s elite series, at the prime age of 31, given the fact, that drivers like Josh Berry are set to become rookie drivers for the 2024 Cup Series season after signing with Stewart-Haas Racing at the age of 32.

The opportunity for redemption is something that Ty Dillon is looking forward to, as was evident from his reaction to his latest move.

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Dillon is set to return to the Truck Series, after last racing in it in 2021, when he competed for Bret Holmes Racing. In his 58 Truck Series starts since 2011, the North Carolina native has notched three wins and 36 top-10s.

Inking his signature with Rackley W.A.R., the driver in an official statement published by the racing team stated, I’m excited to go back to the Truck Series and compete in the series that got it all started for me. I have a lot of good memories from earlier in my career with winning races and poles, and our goal is to create more this season.

“Rackley W.A.R. has built a solid foundation and it’s an honor to be a part of taking them to the winning level they want to be at. I’m very appreciative of this opportunity and ready to get started in Daytona.”

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With that being said, it is to be seen what lies ahead for Ty Dillon and his racing and whether the remarks made by the NASCAR insider hold any ground in the upcoming season of NASCAR and beyond. Do you think Dillon will be replaced by Curtis Sutton’s son once he is eligible?

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