At the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ty Dillon became a winner for the first time. He beat NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch in the Lilly Diabetes 250. The 22-year-old leaned down to kiss the bricks after the victory lane celebration.
Dillon was one of four NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers up for the Dash 4 Cash bonus, which has been going on this past month. Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, and Trevor Bayne were the others in the running for the extra $100,000. While Dillon got the check, he’s entered to win the final bonus next weekend at Iowa Speedway. Scott and Bayne are eligible again, and Regan Smith is thrown into the mix.
Both of these facts make it hard to overlook the NNS regulars, and that’s the point; though Cup drivers may come in and take wins, there’s no denying the series has a lot of young talent to offer. It may be easy to complain about Busch stomping off from an ESPN interview after Saturday afternoon’s race, that shouldn’t overshadow what Dillon accomplished. What about the race at Chicagoland Speedway, where Elliott won his third race of the season? The future is here, and it’s worth cherishing.
The addition of the Cup racers just sweetens the wins. Dillon beat Busch, but he also outraced Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Joey Logano. That’s a big feat, and it’s an even bigger day for Ty Dillon, the No. 3 team, and owner/grandfather Richard Childress.
Point Standings after the Lilly Diabetes 250
1. Chase Elliott (–)
2. Regan Smith (-4)
3. Elliott Sadler (-11)
4. Ty Dillon (-15)
5. Brian Scott (-42)
6. Trevor Bayne (-47)
7. Chris Buescher (-122)
8. Brendan Gaughan (-127)
9. James Buescher (-163)
10. Ryan Reed (-169)