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Ty Dillon, Germain Racing Extend Contract

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Announced just after the Bojangles Southern 500 race weekend at Darlington, rookie driver Ty Dillon will remain with Germain Racing for 2018 and beyond.

A contractual agreement was reached that includes a multiyear extension for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Geico has also signed on as a primary sponsor for the 13 car for multiple years.

Richard Childress Racing has had a technical alliance with Germain Racing for several years. Previously, Casey Mears was the driver of the 13 Geico car. But for 2017, Ty Dillon moved to the Cup Series full-time as a rookie. Dillon, 25, is currently 24th in the points standings. He has a season-best finish of 13th, at both Talladega and last week at Darlington.

This news is another domino falling in place for silly season. Dillon remaining at Germain Racing leaves an open seat at Richard Childress Racing. Richard Childress is the grandfather of Ty and brother Austin. Both Dillon brothers raced for RCR in the Truck and Xfinity Series. The RCR 27 car has been driven by Paul Menard since 2011. However, he will move to Wood Brothers Racing in 2018. Rumors stated that Ty would inherit this seat.

It is currently unknown if RCR will even run a third team in 2018. Primary sponsor Menards announced they are leaving to sponsor Ryan Blaney next year at Penske. After going winless since 2013, RCR has 2 wins so far this season. These came with Ryan Newman at Phoenix, and Austin Dillon at Charlotte.

Richard Childress Racing is one of the largest and most successful teams in all of NASCAR. It is hard to imagine them downsizing to a 2-car operation. A sponsor and a driver need to be found if they want 3 cars in 2018. Notable drivers with unsure 2018 plans include Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne. This news definitely stirs things up for silly season, as a seat at a major team remains unfilled.