Richard Childress’ Grandson Becomes a Father Again to Make It ‘Dillon Family of 5’ as NASCAR Fans Pour Love

Published 04/12/2024, 11:15 AM EDT

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Ty Dillon has a fighter’s mentality, which is fueled by a beautiful family. When Dillon announced his shift downward from the Cup Series into the Craftsman Truck Series, he knew what he was doing. His wife, Haley, stands as a steadfast pillar for him. Dillon’s two children also motivate him to perform better every day. Now another Dillon member is here to hike up his spirits.

In 2017, Ty and Haley Dillon welcomed their first child into the world. Then, in October of 2020, their son was born. Now the younger Dillon couple has set aside race track tensions to show a little bundle of joy to the world.

Fans are overjoyed about Ty Dillon’s little warrior


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Richard Childress’ drivers are in a slump this season. Besides the winningest driver, Kyle Busch, struggling to fetch his 64th Cup victory, the Childress family is also not performing well. Austin Dillon has finished outside the top ten in all nine Cup races, while Ty Dillon is faring no better in the Truck Series. Yet every tale of woe has a bright story to balance it out. The two brothers are fighting it out, with heart-warming family announcements cheering them up.

Taking to X, Ty Dillon ecstatically announced the birth of his third child, Bear Dakota Dillon. He added four cute pictures of little Bear being fondled affectionately. Ty tweeted: “Bear Dakota Dillon, 8lbs 3oz! He made his fast entrance yesterday and we are so in love with him. God is so good! Dillon family of 5!”


And fans flooded the comment section with love. Pocono Raceway officials tweeted: “Congratulations!!” Others kept the wishes coming for the family.

“Congrats to the whole family 💙”

“Congratulations to all of y’all!”

“Congratulations to the Dillon family!🙂”


Ty and Haley’s older children are Oakley Ray Dillon and Kapton Reed Dillon. The older Dillon couple has two young ones, Ace and Blaize. The Dillons have always merrily welcomed their young ones into the family. When the Ty Dillon couple greeted Kapton, Ty poured his joy on X. He tweeted: “I’m so incredibly thankful for the way that Jesus loves us all! His presence was so undeniable Thursday, October 29th when Kapton Reed Dillon was born. Welcome to the world sweet boy. I can’t wait to see the amazing things you do in this life and it’s honor to be your dad!”


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And the occasion of his first child was a unique one, as his baby girl joined NASCAR’s baby boom.

Ty’s first baby was one of many NASCAR new-borns


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When Ty and Haley gave birth to Oakley Ray Dillon, they were not the only NASCAR couple celebrating a family milestone. Other Cup couples were also waiting for little bundles of joy at the time. Brittany and Joey Logano were expecting their first child in January. DeLana and Kevin Harvick were also expecting their second baby the same month. Due in May were the first child for Amy and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the second child for Katelyn Sweet and Kyle Larson.


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When Oakley was born, Haley Dillon wrote on an Instagram post. “Our baby girl waited just in time for her daddy to get home from Homestead to make her grand entrance.” As for Ty Dillon, he must have been too happy to express his bliss in words.

As the Dillon family gets bigger, hopefully, shiny trophies will be on the way soon to inspire the young ones.


Written by:

Sumedha Mukherjee


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Sumedha Mukherjee is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports who is known for her in-depth track analysis as well as her lifestyle coverage of Cup drivers like Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Inspired by the Kiwi's journey so far, Sumedha has also written pieces on Shane Van Gisbergen, predicting how the Supercars Champion would do in the new and unfamiliar American setting. Pairing her research skills with her vast experience as a writer, Sumedha creates stories her readers can easily get lost in.
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Shreya Singh