Is Richard Childress’s Grandson Eyeing a John Hunter Nemechek-Style Comeback to Cup Series?

Published 12/31/2023, 12:22 PM EST

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Ty Dillon is set to join Rackley W.A.R., making a comeback to the NASCAR Truck Series in 2024 after over a decade. Back in 2012, Dillon made waves in the Truck Series, racing for his grandfather’s Richard Childress Racing team. He clinched three race wins and bagged the Rookie of the Year title after finishing fourth in points. The following year, he came in as the runner-up to Matt Crafton before moving up to the Xfinity Series in 2014.

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However, Dillon’s 2024 shift from the Cup Series down to the Truck Series has raised some eyebrows. It’s not every day you see such a move, and it begs the question – is this a step back for him? But let’s not jump to conclusions. This could very well be a strategic play, a chance for Dillon to retrace the steps of John Hunter Nemechek and climb the ranks once more. Whether he’ll be able to pull off such a feat remains an intriguing possibility, one that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Ty Dillon is seemingly following in the tire tracks of John Hunter Nemechek and Carson Hocevar

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Nemechek first revved up his career in the NASCAR Truck Series at just 16, driving for his family’s team, SWM-NEMCO Racing. He later advanced to the Xfinity Series, racing for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018 and GMS Racing in 2019. After a stint in both the Trucks and Xfinity until 2019, he escalated to the Cup Series, racing full-time in 2020 for Front Row Motorsports. Despite a lukewarm Cup season with just three top-10 finishes, Nemechek doubled back to the Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Fast forward to September 2023, and he’s set to drive the No. 42 car in the Cup Series from 2024 for Legacy Motor Club.

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On a similar note, Carson Hocevar’s impressive 2023 performance and Cup Series debut led him to a spot with Spire Motorsports. With these two examples in mind, Ty Dillon is hopeful he can mirror their path from the Truck Series back up to the Cup. On Sirius XM Radio, Dillon noted, “The difference between the truck series and Xfinity series up to the Cup series has changed over the past couple of years. There isn’t a huge difference between the Truck Series and Xfinity, in my opinion, as far as competition level and getting in and out of the cup car. Recently, there’s been a successful model of Truck Series drivers going back to the Cup Series in the last couple of years.”

Yet, not everyone is sure Dillon can replicate Nemechek or Zane Smith’s moves. YouTuber Eric Estepp expressed his reservations, unsure if Dillon can pull off a similar transition. Adding to the mix of opinions, Brennan Poole, an Xfinity Series racer, pointed out that the jump straight from Truck to Cup might not be a one-size-fits-all solution for every driver, given various factors at play.

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Brennan Poole sheds some light on why the leap from the Truck Series to the Cup might not be the golden ticket it appears to be

In a Power Hour episode clip shared by Eric Estepp, Poole delves into this topic, offering a wider perspective. He points out that the Xfinity Series, often bypassed in these rapid promotions, provides valuable learning experiences absent in the Truck Series.

Poole shared his thoughts candidly, saying, “I do think these young guys moving straight from the Truck to Cup like, man! The races are so much longer, totally different style, totally different mentality. I don’t know if that’s the best move to be moving these Truck guys directly into Cup. I get the cars kind of drive closer. The Xfinity car doesn’t drive anything like it but the Xfinity race is still 300 miles. And it is way longer. Some of them are even longer than 350.”

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Ty Dillon Let’s Slip Cup Series Plans Amidst Rackley W.A.R. Signing

Well, what do you think about these young Truck Series drivers aiming to jump directly into the world of the Cup Series? Is it a bold move, or a leap too far, too soon? And can Ty Dillon retrace the same path?

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