Ty Dillon made it look easy Thursday when he grabbed the pole for this weekend's ARCA race at Talladega — his third pole in five career ARCA starts.
Saturday morning, in the rain-postponed version of the 80-lap companion event to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, he made winning look even easier by taking a pair of ARCA veterans to school when the checkered flag was waving.
Dillon, the 18-year-old grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, pushed 8-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel to the front and then pulled in front of ARCA superspeedway ace Bobby Gerheart exiting turn four on the final lap. Kimmel swung high to block at first but then opted to protect the inside. Dillon used the open lane to slingshot past Kimmel and win by a nose.
The finish left the elder Childress — who watched the race from Dillon's pit box — comparing the move to one Dale Earnhardt would make to win at Talladega. Potentially overreaching statements aside, it was a great move and win for a kid who will graduate from high school this spring.
The race was initially scheduled for Friday afternoon at Talladega, but deadly severe storms in the Southeast didn't leave Talladega dry and rolled through prior to the scheduled start, canceling the day's remaining track activities.
- Frank Kimmel
- Richard Childress