SPARTA, Ky. — official release — Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America photo — Seven races remain in a season that has seen lots of great action, but time is running out for those on the quest for a championship.
Chase Elliott holds the standings lead over second-place Regan Smith (-18) and third-place Ty Dillon (-40), but both Elliott and Smith struggled the last time the NASCAR Nationwide Series was at Kentucky Speedway, which opens the door for Ty Dillon to possibly catch the JR Motorsport teammates.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team has seen its share of success at Kentucky. Ty Dillon finished seventh at the 1.5-mile speedway earlier this season and his brother Austin Dillon swept both series races in 2012.
Ty Dillon is still within striking distance of current standings leader Chase Elliott and, even more so, second-place Regan Smith.
Since first visiting Chicago in June, Dillon’s season has come alive. In his last nine races Dillon has posted a win (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), four top fives and eight top 10s. His season-to-date Driver Rating is 97.3 and his average finish is 9.3.
Earlier this season at Kentucky, Chase Elliott finished 12th and Smith finished 28th, but their teammate Kevin Harvick won the event in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
Harvick won his fourth race of the season at Chicago last weekend.