Racing in his first-career Daytona 500, Ty Dillon drove Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet SS to a 28th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Dillon, who qualified 31st for the 57th running of the Daytona 500, started 29th after two teams in front of him were relegated to the back of the field as a penalty for making unapproved changes to their cars. Dillon quickly realized his No. 33 Chevrolet SS had the power necessary to weave his way to the front of the pack and the 22-year-old rookie raced into the top-10 on lap 52 after only two pit stops. On lap 89, Dillon was scored inside the top-five positions. He remained inside there until a caution flag fell on lap 106. For the remainder of the 200-lap event, Dillon cruised in the middle of the pack. On lap 196, the right-front tire went flat and forced him into the outside wall. The damage was repaired by the No. 33 team on three separate trips to pit road returning to action for a green-white-checkered finish, where he was scored 28th when the race ended.
Start - 29 Finish - 28 Laps Led - 0 Points - N/A
TY DILLON QUOTE:
"We had a fast No. 33 Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet and I can't thank everyone enough for all the support these past two weeks. It was an eventful first Daytona 500 and I thought I got the opportunity to experience a lot. It was awesome to run up front for a good part of the race. Thanks to Cheerios, Kroger, ECR Engines and everyone associated with this No. 33 team for being able to participate in this Great American Race."
Circle Sport PR