Childress' grandson wins ARCA race
Richard Childress had seen this move before.
Only it was Dale Earnhardt pulling it off, not Childress' 19-year-old grandson.
Ty Dillon surged past Frank Kimmel coming through the trioval to win the ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway by a half-car length Saturday.
Dillon was content to ride behind Kimmel after the final restart, setting up the veteran for a patented slingshot maneuver on the final turn of the Amigos 250.
It worked perfectly. Dillon faked to the inside, then moved outside coming off turn four. With drafting help from Bobby Gerhart leading a second line of cars, Dillon pulled past Kimmel to win by a scant 0.038 seconds.
Earnhardt, who drove for Childress' team and died in a crash 10 years ago, was always a powerhouse at Talladega.
''That looked like an Earnhardt move on the last lap,'' Childress said. ''That was a classic Earnhardt move to win by a fender.''
Dillon was told to make a move on the long backstretch, but he couldn't find room to pass. Still behind as Kimmel led the big pack in front of the main grandstand, the youngster wondered if he had waited too long.
Instead, ''it worked out perfect.''
''This is awesome,'' Dillon said. ''I've always gone to the superspeedways at Daytona and Talladega since I was a kid. I always loved to see how they raced in big packs, with big crashes and all the wild finishes at the end. Now I have my own wild finish and win at Talladega. That's really cool.''
Gerhart was third, followed by Brett Hudson and Chris Buescher. Former IndyCar regular Milka Duno finished 19th in a 94-lap race that was postponed Friday because of severe storms.
Dillon has won three of his five starts in ARCA, but he's got his sights on bigger goals along with his older brother, Austin, who's racing in the truck series.
Childress' timetable calls for Austin to move up to the Nationwide series next year, with Ty taking over in the trucks. Eventually, the brothers hope to be competing together in Sprint Cup.
''The big picture is to move them up,'' Childress said.