NEWTON, Iowa — Each week, NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran Ty Dillon creeps closer and closer to clinching a position on the new-for-2016 postseason Chase Grid, despite the fact he has not won a race in nearly two years.
Sunday in the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway, the 24-year-old, Lewisville, N.C. native recorded his second runner-up finish and third podium result in 14 races this season for Richard Childress Racing.
But again, Dillon fell short of capturing his second-career XFINITY Series win and first since the 2014 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 61 races ago.
“I gave it just about everything I could there at the end,” Dillon explained. “We had a heck of a battle for second place with Brad (Keslowski) and I felt I could have run down [Sam Hornish Jr.] if we hadn’t had that late caution. But wow, what a race.”
Even though it was not the result that Dillon was looking for, the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion was still satisfied with the effort, as it kept him third in the championship standings (-35) and fourth on the provisional Chase Grid.
However, putting a check in the win column is still the main mission for his No. 3 American Ethanol E15/Kum & Go/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team.
“Second place is still a great finish and I know our guys worked hard. They earned it,” Dillon added. “On Friday in practice we were not where we wanted to be, but we made some great adjustments and moved forward. This afternoon was an overall great day for us, and even better, we got American Ethanol and Kum & Go a solid finish in their home state.”
Dillon’s next opportunity for a drought-breaking XFINITY victory will come following an off weekend for the series, in the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 1. His brother Austin is the defending event winner.
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