By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR’s Monster Energy All-Star race, 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are locked in. With only four more spots available for 24 drivers, transferring to the main event means much more. Three drivers will transfer via stage wins in the Monster Energy Open while one will be voted in by the fans. One driver hoping to become an All-Star is Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ty Dillon.
This will be Dillon’s first All-Star race weekend. To date, he has 29 career starts at NASCAR’s top level with a career best finish of 13th in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this season.
Dillon also has 120 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with one win, 29 top fives, 74 Top 10s, and four pole positions. He also has 54 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts where he has three wins, 20 top fives, 36 Top 10s, and five pole positions.
Dillon was quick to explain why the All-Star race means so much to him.
“It would mean everything because that means I’m an all-star in this sport,” he said. “I think that’s something that’s overlooked a little bit. This is our all-star event and the drivers that are in it are all-stars of our sport. So, I think that’s something that we could do a better job of publicizing a little more.”
“The event is awesome. It’s super fun. But, the fact it it’s an all-star event. Everybody watches the MLB all-star game. Everybody watches the NBA all-star game because of the all-stars. So, I think being a part of that race and knowing that this year, if I make it in, I’m an all-star of the Cup series in my rookie year. That would be pretty cool.”
With voting still underway as of the posting of this article, Dillon has multiple chances to transfer into the Monster Energy All-Star race, by winning a stage with his Germain Racing team, or winning the fan vote. Fans can vote their favorite drivers once daily with the winner being announced prior to the All-Star race.