Possible Tyler Reddick replacements: No. 5 – Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon’s relationship with Richard Childress Racing is no secret, with him being the grandson of team owner Richard Childress and the younger brother of Austin Dillon, the driver of the #3 Chevrolet.
However, outside of the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Truck Series, his relationship with his grandfather’s program is limited, having only competed in seven Cup Series races for the team from in 2014 and 2015.
With Dillon’s current team, Petty GMS Motorsports, set to release the 30-year-old at the end of the 2022 season, Dillon will be looking for a new home. While he couldn’t replace Reddick until 2024, he could run full-time in the Xfinity Series first and wait in the wings for the seat of the #8 Chevrolet to open up the following year.
Without a full-time Cup Series ride, Dillon competed in races for multiple Xfinity Series teams last year. Teams for which Dillon has competed, such as Big Machine Racing, JD Motorsports, Jordan Anderson Racing, and Our Motorsports, could sign the Welcome, North Carolina native for next year as he waits to finally join forces with his grandfather in the Cup Series in 2024.
Dillon has an ongoing partnership with Black Rifle Coffee Company, and while they may be looking beyond him for their next Cup Series driver to sponsor, he could try to pitch himself as the perfect Xfinity Series candidate for their sponsorship in 2023.
Dillon has been vocal about wanting to carve his own path rather than rely on his relationship to grant him a ride in NASCAR, but all of his wins in the sport have come from runs in his grandfather’s equipment. It may be time for Dillon to join his brother, Austin, and make Richard Childress Racing the ultimate Cup Series family team in 2024.