Regan Smith out, Ty Dillon in at Chicagoland

Regan Smith (Getty Images)
Regan Smith (Getty Images)
Regan Smith (Getty Images)

Fatherhood will keep Regan Smith out of the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and give Ty Dillon another opportunity in the Sprint Cup series.

Smith has made all 26 starts in the No. 7 this year with two top-10 finishes, but remains in North Carolina with wife Megan as they await the birth of their second child.  Dillon, who has eight starts this season in the Cup Series and served as a relief driver for Tony Stewart at Talladega in the spring, has practiced the No. 7 all weekend.

The team announced the driver swap Sunday morning on social media.  The car will roll off 33rd. The driver’s last Tweet came on Saturday indicating that they were still waiting. When the new baby finally does arrive it will have an older brother, Rhett who was born in February of 2015.

Ty Dillon competes fulltime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and is part of this year’s inaugural championship Chase which starts next weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

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