REPORTS: Ty Dillon Could Replace Daniel Suarez at Gaunt Brothers Racing for 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 01/16/2021, 12:17 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Ty Dillon, driver of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The start of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is nearly a month away. Despite this, there are still a few last-minute seats that are filling up, with the latest rumors surrounding Ty Dillon and his future. According to some reports, the 28-year-old is seeking a part-time gig in the Cup Series.

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One of his options is the Gaunt Brothers Racing team in the #96 car. If that does come to pass, it will mean that he is effectively replacing Daniel Suarez, who raced for the outfit before he moved to Team Trackhouse for the coming season.

However, other rumors suggest that Ty Dillon could head to 23XI Racing to race in the Busch Clash. This is largely because he managed to qualify for the event, owing to a stage win. However, neither team has come forward with any kind of official announcement. This means that Dillon’s 2021 future is up in the air.

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What does this mean for Ty Dillon’s NASCAR future?

Previously, Busch Clash participants depended on people who took pole position during the season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic eliminated all practice and qualifying. As a result, NASCAR had to improvise and hunt for different parameters to decide the grid.

NEWTON, IA – AUGUST 01: Kenzi Ruston, driver of the #96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet leads Daniel Suarez, driver of the #6 Rev Racing Toyota during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway on August 1, 2014 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

But if he heads to 23XI Racing, will Bubba Wallace make way for him?

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All that can be said is that he has to endure an agonizing wait until his 2021 future is set in stone.

However, it does appear that Gaunt Brothers Racing is the favorite. If this deal materializes, there are suggestions that he would race for them at the first two events. Dillon is desperate because he was left without a drive when Germain Racing decided to leave the sport.

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Hopefully, for his sake, everything works out well in his favor. It would be a shame to see a talented driver like Dillon sit out for a year because of unfavorable circumstances.

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