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By Adam Carabine
In case you missed it, StatChat is counting down the days ‘til the 2023 Daytona 500. Every two days, we will have a new article featuring one of the 36 charters of 2022.
30th Place – Ty Dillon – 517 pts
PETTY GMS MOTORSPORTS – CHEVROLET
12 Races finishing better than teammate Erik Jones – With Petty GMS being only a two-car team, it’s only natural to compare the two drivers as they are presumably running in similar equipment. Unfortunately, Ty Dillon’s 12 races only amount to 1/3rd of the races, meaning Erik Jones had better finishes 66% of the time.
2 Laps Led in 2022 – Over the course of the entire season, Ty Dillon led two laps. One was at the 3rd race of the year, Las Vegas. The second was at the final regular season race at Daytona. Fans of Ty may know that his two laps led this year were both under caution. However, a lap led still counts, no matter whether the flag is green or yellow!
-305 Pass Differential in 2022 – As mentioned above, comparing different drivers can be tough if they’re not from the same team. Of course, each car gets a different plan based on the crew chief and driver, but the closest comparison in somewhat equal equipment is comparing teammates. Ty Dillon’s -305 Pass Differential wasn’t only 3rd worst of the Cup Series Charters in 2022, it was also 571 spots worse than teammate Erik Jones (+266). Such a discrepancy in performance for two cars on the same team is certainly concerning.
20th Best Miles Completed in 2022 – With 11,751.96 miles complete (or 90.31% of them) in 2022, Ty Dillon managed to complete more racing than 16 other Cup Series Charters did. Drivers he bested in this category include Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick.
15.20 Career Average Finish at Talladega – Putting him in 3rd place of all the charters, Ty Dillon’s most successful track is Talladega. With a career average finish of 15.20 over the course of 10 races, only Chase Elliott and Austin Cindric have better records there. Also of note, Austin CIndric’s average finish is only based on 2 cup starts, so the small sample size could see Dillon taking over 2nd place easily next season, depending on how Cindric does.
It was announced in July of 2022 that Ty Dillon would not return to Petty GMS in 2023. Despite having only joined the team in 2022, the two reportedly mutually agreed to go their separate ways after the season. In October, it was announced that Ty Dillon would move full-time to the #77 Car for Spire Motorsports.
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