Ty Dillon will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway driving the No. 33 Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet for owner Joe Falk. Circle Sport Racing has an affiliation with Richard Childress Racing and Childress is the grandfather of Ty Dillon.
Austin Dillon, now the driver of the No. 3 RCR Chevrolet in the Cup Series, took a similar path to the Sprint Cup Series by driving select races in the No. 33 for Circle Sport Racing and current RCR NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brian Scott has also competed in the No. 33 car.
Realtree and Rheem will come on board to sponsor the effort.
"It's going to be a pretty special moment when I make those first laps this weekend, one that I won't forget," said Dillon. "I've been fortunate enough in my racing career to have great opportunities like this one. I'm looking forward to racing the No. 33 Realtree/Rheem Chevrolet under the lights on Labor Day weekend."
Dillon is currently competing his rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and sits third in the points after 23 of 33 races. He picked up his first career Nationwide Series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Dillon finished fourth and second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points in 2012 and 2013 respectively and has three career Truck Series wins. He is also the 2011 ARCA Racing Series champion.
The 22-year-old has some Cup car experience in testing and practice. He sat in for his brother Austin earlier in the season at Texas Motor Speedway to practice the car when Austin was out with an illness. He also tested a RCR Cup car at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 5-6 and also tested a Furniture Row Racing car.
Nick Harrison will serve as crew chief this weekend for Dillon. Harrison has been the crew chief for two NASCAR wins this season. He was calling the shots when Paul Menard won the Nationwide Series race at Michigan in June and when Austin Dillon won the Truck Series race at Pocono in August.
The No. 33 Circle Sport Racing team is 41st in owner's points after 24 races and numerous drivers have been behind the wheel including Brian Scott, David Stremme, Alex Kennedy, Timmy Hill, Bobby Labonte, and Morgan Shepherd.
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