Sibling Rivalry: Younger Dillon wins at Iowa, Older Brother Comes Up Short
Sibling rivalries aren’t uncommon, but most of the competition takes place in the backyard. The Dillon brothers are no different in their rivalry, theirs just takes place at the race track. While the two aren’t currently in the same series, it doesn’t change how much each one of them ones to one up the other.
The younger brother, Ty Dillon who competes in the ARCA Series, one-upped his older brother, Austin who races in the Truck Series, in the battle at Iowa. Austin finished one position short in his Truck race, while Ty won the ARCA race in a dominating performance. Ty earned his seventh career ARCA victory, which includes a victory at Kansas Speedway in 2010, after starting from the pole and leading 193 of the 200 laps.
“I was just excited to get to the race all weekend because I knew we were going to be really good,” said Ty. “The track was hot and real slick tonight, so it was a little tough to manage the tires off the corner but our car was good enough that I could beat them through the center. My car was phenomenal in the center of the corner and it just allowed me to go wherever I needed to, like around lapped cars. That’s one of the things you have to deal with in these long races, and just being able to roll the center is so much better.”
In just his second start for Kevin Harvick Inc, Cale Gale finished an impressive second, while Chris Buescher was third. Grant Enfinger and Tim George Jr. rounded out the top five.
The Camping World Truck Series went to battle Saturday night and Matt Crafton held off the older Dillon brother to finally snap his 79 race winless streak that dates back to Charlotte in 2008.
“This win was exactly what we needed,” said Crafton in victory lane. “This means so much to me, the team and all the sponsors that support us. This is really a huge momentum builder for the team.”
Second place Dillon was both happy and disappointed in his finish.
“We were fastest all night, but they just made the right call in the end. It was good for the points tonight, but we’ve just been giving the wins away here in the end. It hurts when you do that.”
David Mayhew finished third. Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter rounded out the top five.
Former Kansas Speedway winner Sauter leaves Iowa with the points lead and Dillon moves into second, just 22 points behind. Rookie Cole Whitt, who finished sixth at Iowa, is third in the point standings, 26 points behind the leader.