NASCAR: Ty Dillon to run 2015 Daytona 500, marks occasion by eating Cheerios (VIDEO)

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Last year at the Daytona 500, Austin Dillon announced his arrival on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit by winning the pole in the famous No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Now, his little brother, XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon, will seek to make his own big splash in the 2015 running of The Great American Race.

RCR has announced that Ty will make his Daytona 500 debut next February in the No. 33 Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet with backing from Cheerios (one of Austin’s main sponsors) and supermarket chain Kroger.

The Circle Sport team, owned by Joe Falk, is affiliated with RCR and ran Ty in his first two Sprint Cup races this past fall. He finished 25th at Atlanta, and later 27th in the penultimate race of the year at Phoenix.

Ty broke the news earlier today in fitting fashion – with a Vine that ended with him at the breakfast table, eating a bowl of Cheerios.

“We are fortunate to have a great partner like [Cheerios’ parent company] General Mills giving me the opportunity to race in one of the most prestigious events in all of sports,” he said in a team release.

“Not only has General Mills been a long-time supporter of RCR but also my family, partnering with Austin (Dillon) for the 2013 Daytona 500 and this past season. I can’t thank General Mills and Kroger enough for being part of this race.”

Ty finished fifth in the XFINITY Series standings last season after claiming his first series win at Indianapolis and collecting 24 Top-10 finishes.

Now, he’s looking forward to another milestone in his journey up the NASCAR ladder.

“The Daytona 500 is a major step in Ty’s career and it’s terrific to have General Mills as a big part of this monumental race,” RCR team owner Richard Childress said in his own thoughts.

“General Mills has such a great history in NASCAR and we are proud to feature the Cheerios colors on Ty’s race car for the Daytona 500 and the millions of NASCAR fans who will be watching. We hope to bring Cheerios a victory.”

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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.