SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Tyler Dippel will make his second ARCA Racing Series start of the year this weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds through a collobrative effort between AM-WinTron Racing and Rette Jones Racing.
“I’m very excited about being able to return to ARCA and race on the dirt this weekend,” said 17-year-old Dippel, a veteran big-block modified dirt racer.
“Since we have a couple weeks off in the K&N Series, I think it’s important for me to stay in the seat and this race on Sunday from Springfield is a good opportunity for me and our partners TYCAR and D and A Concrete,” said Dippel.
Dippel’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team owner Mark Rette will call the shots as crew chief during Sunday’s race at the one-mile dirt oval, with Dippel driving the No. 33 Toyota fielded by AM-WinTron Racing.
“I have some prior experience at Springfield back in 2015 with Lira Motorsports, but we quite didn’t get the finish we were hoping for,” added Dippel. “The good news is that I learned a lot that day and I know what I can get away with and what I can’t. This is a race that can go by relatively quick, so it will be important to make sure we have a good balance and we keep the tread on the tires and hope when push comes to shove, we’re going to be in a good position for the finish.
“There’s a lot of people supporting this No. 33 team on Sunday, so a good finish will give us all a boost looking ahead.”
Dippel has four career ARCA starts, earning a best finish of fourth in 2015 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. This will be his second ARCA start of the year after he finished 25th after an accident at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in May.
“I’ve been wanting another short at ARCA before the end of the year,” added Dippel. “I had a really good run at Toledo Speedway in May. Another driver got a little over anxious and spun us out and we couldn’t continue. This weekend, we just want to go to Springfield and do our thing and hope we can give TYCAR and D and A Concrete a great finish.
“Hopefully, it’s a good race for the fans and the crew.”