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Ty Dillon Replaces Casey Mears At Germain Racing


There will be a new face driving the 13 Germain Racing entry in 2017. Rookie Ty Dillon will replace veteran Casey Mears in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after 7 years with the team. The former Truck Series championship team and GEICO Sponsored 13 entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series announced the move Monday.

When Germain Racing made the switch to Chevrolet and the addition of Richard Childress Racing as a technical partner in 2014, it was only a matter of time before Ty Dillon would end up at an affiliated team. RCR has had issues finding sponsorship running Ty Dillon in a 4th CUP Car full time the past 2 years, and with McDowell staying at Levine Family Racing, Ty’s time in the 13 was coming.

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“I have been preparing for this next step in my career for several years,” Ty Dillon said in a press release. “With my experience in the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series, I am ready to drive full-time in the Sprint Cup Series. I want to thank Bob Germain and the entire Germain Racing organization for giving me this opportunity. It will be an honor to represent a brand and sponsor like GEICO which has played such a significant role in the sport for so many years.”

The 24-year old Dillon has made 17 starts in the Sprint Cup Series for several different teams, including Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. He scored a career-best sixth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2016 while serving as a relief driver for Tony Stewart.

But, main props should be given to the departing driver. Casey Mears made Germain Racing a respectable mid-pack team when it transferred from the Truck Series into the CUP Series 2011. He collected 1 top 5 and 4 top 10’s with the team (all on restrictor plate tracks) and ran consistently in the top 20.