Dillon to move back up to Cup with full-time GMS Racing seat, details

CONCORD, NC — Ty Dillon is back. He will drive full time for GMS Racing in its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series season in 2022, the organization announced Sunday.

In 2021, Dillon has competed in four Cup Series races with Gaunt Brothers Racing and 11 Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing, Our Motorsports and Jordan Anderson Racing.

Now, he knows he has a secure future again in the sport. It didn’t seem that way a year ago or much of this year.

Dillon has competed in more than 160 Cup Series races in his career with his last full-time effort coming with Germain Racing in 2020.

“It‘s such an honor to be able to drive for GMS Racing as they take the step into the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time, and that they have chosen me as their driver for the future,” Dillon said in a team release. “It‘s been a challenging year off from racing full-time, but I‘m so excited to return. I don‘t think that there is going to be another driver that is more hungry than I am next year to get back out there and prove what I am capable of in the Cup Series. I am excited for our future and am ready to get to work.”

On June 17, GMS Racing announced it would field a full-time Cup Series effort next year. Since 2014, the organization has won more than 50 races across the Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series. They only had one driver in mind for when they move up…Dillon.

Dillon will drive the No. 94 Chevrolet for the team in an alliance with Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines.

The number has significance with GMS Racing. Team president Mike Beam partnered with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott in 1995 to form Bill Elliott Racing to field the No. 94 entry throughout the mid-1990s. The original Bill Elliott Racing shop is still a current part of the GMS Racing facility.

“We‘re excited to welcome Ty to the GMS Racing family,” said Beam. “Going full-time Cup racing in 2022 is a big step for us and I can‘t think of a better driver than Ty to lead us into our first year in NASCAR‘s top series.”

Added team owner Maury Gallagher: “GMS is always looking forward and I believe this is the next step for the team in that process. We have the goal to be a championship-caliber team in any series in which we compete, and I am excited to watch the team grow in the coming years.”

The team is still pursuing a charter with StarCom, Rick Ware Racing and Front Row Motorsports maybe having some for sale. StarCom’s is reportedly going to Spire. Front Row’s may be selling one to 23XI Racing. Can GMS lease the new one for Spire or acquire the second from Front Row?

Stay tuned.

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