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Ty Dillon Talks Championship Aspirations & the Challenges of Joining a New Team

Ty Dillon Rackley W.a.r. 25 Martinsville Turn 3 Frontstretch 2024 Folsom

The beginning of the 2024 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season marked a new chapter in Ty Dillon‘s racing career, as he made the move to the Rackley W.A.R. No. 25.

Following a couple tough seasons in the NASCAR Cup Series, Dillon made the move back to the Truck Series, searching for success. However, Dillon and the team were met with struggles to begin the season, many being no fault of their own.

Nonetheless, the team has persevered and begun to turn their season around, putting together back-to-back top-15 runs at Kansas Speedway and Darlington Raceway and picking up their first top 10 of the year in the latter.

In the meantime, Dillon found his way back to the Cup Series, signing a part-time deal with Kaulig Racing to run the No. 16 in select races. Dillon picked up a 16th at Texas Motor Speedway, his best run since the summer race at Daytona International Speedway in 2023.

Frontstretch caught up with Dillon at Martinsville Speedway back in April, right in the middle of the turnaround for Dillon and Rackley W.A.R., to talk about the changes of being with a new team, how his deal with Kaulig came about and everything it takes to get around Martinsville.

Chase Folsom, Frontstretch: It’s always tough to move over to a new team and get acclimated. How’s the experience been as you’ve moved over to the No. 25 team in 2024?

Ty Dillon: Yeah, it’s been quite unique. Obviously, the team is based about an hour and a half outside of Nashville. So not only do you fly in there, but you’ve got another hour drive to the race shop. It’s a great shop. We’ve got a small team that’s working really hard. I think we were a little bit behind getting going this offseason.

Starting this year, we’ve just had some really bad luck, and we’ve also had self-inflicted bad luck as well that has really hampered the start of our year. But there have been some silver linings.

We’ve had some speed in some practice sessions and some of the races we’ve been able to get speed. But we really haven’t had a full session on track yet where we haven’t had something break or have some mistakes. So hopefully we can get past that, and I think we’ll really start seeing our team rise to the front.

Folsom: Obviously, this was a playoff team last year, but it’s a small team. What were your expectations when you moved over here [to Rackley W.A.R.]?

Dillon: My…

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