Dillon talks about ‘wild and crazy day’
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Ty Dillon climbs into the No. 14 Chevrolet during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.

By Dominic Aragon
May 2, 2016

Ty Dillon picked up a sixth place finish in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after being the relief driver for Tony Stewart.

Stewart started the race, his second Sprint Cup event of 2016, with the intention of turning over driving duties to Dillon during the race’s first caution period.

The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion vacated the seat during the first caution period after earning the free pass.

“It sucks to be honest,” he said to FOX Sports. “I know why we got to do it, but it sucks. It still sucks that you have to do it but if I hadn't broke my back at the end of January; we wouldn't be in this situation.

“Good news is this is last time we have to do it and I am back in next week. I really appreciate Ty. He’s been a rock star through this whole thing and especially this weekend. He’s done all the heavy lifting and I just got in to ride around for 50 laps and turn it over to him.

“Fortunately we got the lucky dog and kept him on the lead lap. The change went pretty smooth; no drama there so we got him so he could go out there and race now.”

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Ty Dillon talks with crew chief Mike Bugarewicz at Talladega Superspeeday Sunday.
Collectively, the No. 14 ran as high sixth, posting the fastest lap three times.

Dillon finished sixth in the race, officially claiming Stewart’s first top-ten finish of 2016 and 301st of his career.

“It was just wild and crazy,” Dillon said.

“...Fighting from behind, it’s hard to get it up front. I felt like if we could lead a pack at any point, we would have put ourselves up front. Early [on], once I first got in the car, we drove right up to into the top-ten really quick and we had some air on the nose and was able to go.

“The team built an awesome race car. I just kind of got mired back. I made some mistakes being my first time here racing. But we were able to dodge crashes and survive here, which is the big thing. We made some good moves at the end to get us into to the top six or seven.”

Stewart enters next Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway 38th in driver standings, 71 points behind 30th in points.
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