Sunday, March 26, 2023

Ty Dillon (Engine) First Driver Out of the Race in Daytona 500

Ty Dillon 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 engine failure Spire Motorsports
Ty Dillon’s hopes of becoming the 2023 Daytona 500 champion came to an end when his engine expired after 26 laps. Photo Credit: Artez Kelly /

Ty Dillon entered the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season with hope, and optimism. And his first season in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro may very well turn out to be good, but things got off to a rough start in Sunday’s 65th-annual Daytona 500.

Dillon, 30, only made it 26 laps into the scheduled 200-lap distance of the race as the engine in his race car went south.

The driver slowed on track as smoke billowed from the exhaust of his No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro. Dillon would bring the machine to pit road, to the attention of his pit crew. But after just a few moments of looking at it, Dillon’s crew pushed the car behind the wall.

Dillon is officially out of the race and will finish 40th, pending any disqualifications in the race. attempted to obtain comment from Dillon on what caused the engine failure, but Dillon declined an interview after his early exit from the race.

The North Carolina native suffered through a painful season with Petty GMS in 2022, a team that has since been rebranded to LEGACY MOTOR CLUB. Mid-way through last season, the team announced that they had parted ways with Dillon for the 2023 season.

Dillon then announced his move to Spire Motorsports.

Over the course of Dillon’s 203 NASCAR Cup Series starts, he has recorded two top-five finishes and seven top-10s. Unfortunately, Dillon will not add to that total this weekend.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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