Ty Dillon will run at least four races for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, the team announced Jan. 27.
Dillon will drive the No. 54, which will feature a rotation of racers this year.
Dillon’s schedule currently includes Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
“I am so thankful and excited for the opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota,” Dillon said in a team release. “They have been on top of the sport for a long time and this is a great opportunity for me to go prove that I am a winner and show what I know I can do in a racecar.”
Gibbs’ announced race is the Daytona road course, while Busch will run Atlanta Motor Speedway, Circuit of the Americas, Texas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Road America. Truex is in at the second Atlanta event, and Hamlin will drive at Darlington Raceway.
The move to JGR coincides with Dillon’s limited schedule at fellow Toyota team Gaunt Brothers Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, racing the first two events of the season there, including the Daytona 500.
Dillon last competed in the Xfinity Series in 2018. He has 146 career starts, with one win, 33 top fives and 88 top 10s.
Last year, he drove in the Cup Series for the now-defunct Germain Racing No. 13, scoring a top five and two top 10s en route to a 26th-place finish in points.
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