DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Ty Dillon secured his first career top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Saturday night in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
“It feels good to get that under my belt,” Dillon said to The Racing Experts.
Prior to Saturday night, Dillon’s career-high in NASCAR’s top series was an 11th-place finish twice.
Dillon was able to recover from being involved in the first multi-car accident on lap 53 and avoided three other subsequent multi-car crashes to cross the finish line in the sixth position.
The top 10 came in Dillon’s 72nd career start with Germain Racing. The team’s last top 10 came with Casey Mears in the 2015 Daytona 500.
“I felt like I had already done it,” Dillon said about scoring a top-10 finish in the series when he was a relief driver for Tony Stewart at Talladega in 2016 and piloted the No. 14 car to a sixth-place finish. “Stats are stats sometimes. When you don’t get credited with one, it really doesn’t show what you’ve been doing.”
Dillon will seek to improve his sixth-place finishing position next weekend in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway next Saturday night.