Since Germain is looking to sell his team, that uncertainty leaves [Ty] Dillon in uncharted territory. Yes, he’s the grandson of Richard Childress, team owner of Richard Childress Racing, but there’s no guarantee he’ll get another ride. He also didn’t have a ton of time to create a Plan B, informed of the potential sale “two or three” days before it became public knowledge.
“Stressful,” Dillon said in short of what the past few weeks have been like. “I feel like I’m starting to enter a point of my career where this is my fourth year and starting to get an understanding of where I feel I am as a driver. I feel like I’m very capable and proven to myself in moments that I know I can beat these guys given the right opportunity. For me, I feel like I’m just starting to get into the beginning of the prime years of my career.
“With nothing certain yet, it’s very tough. It’s very stressful. I believe in myself as a racecar driver. I feel like I can win races and win championships. I’m very aware of what it takes financially for a team to do that, the resources that it takes and the attitude of the driver it takes as well. I believe I’m capable of that and I’m just waiting for the right opportunity. Hopefully, that door will open and I’ll be able to step in and continue the growth of my career. I think my best racing is yet to come and I’m hopeful to get to see that soon.”
Retirement rumors, strongly denied by Dillon, dogged him at points during 2019. But despite the difficult road ahead, there’s no doubt in the driver’s mind he wants to continue racing.
“I want to be able to showcase what I know in my ability,” he added. “I think there are options at every level to be able to do that. Obviously, my first intention is to continue to be a Cup racer. I personally believe I’m a top-15 Cup talent right now, and I think I’m even better than that given the right opportunity in the right cars to be able to go out and to learn at that next level.
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