Atlanta Race Weekend is Capped off with 15th-place Finish for Ty Dillon in the GEICO Chevy
Race: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Starting Position: 26
Finish Position: 15
Sunday the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took on Atlanta Motor Speedway for the final time in its current state in the 325 lap/500.5 mile "Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500" race. Fans at the Hampton, Ga., track were treated to beautiful weather throughout the weekend and Atlanta racing that delivered sneaky plot changes throughout the course of the afternoon. The next time the Monster Energy Series returns to Atlanta, the track will have been completely repaved.
Ty Dillon qualified the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet in 26th place. He took the green flag there and immediately set off on a steady pace to pick off positions.
Dillon finished Stage 1 of the race in P18, and at the end of Stage 2, he ranked P19. Throughout Stage 3, Dillon and the crew worked to regain two laps lost during the very long green flag runs that made up much of the early stages of the race.
This week, the team's plans to make up lost ground in the third and final stage worked. Dillon wheeled the GEICO Chevy to a 15th-place finish.
Dillon talked about the 325-lap race:
“These Germain Racing boys unloaded a fast No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for me this weekend. We were running pretty steady there in Stage 1 and made it up into the Top 20. We got behind early on with our pit stop late in the stage, but we kept trying to adjust the car to keep up with the track as it cooled down. Our GEICO Chevy would just take off tight on restarts, driving like it had too much wedge in it. It almost felt as if the left rear tire was out-driving the right front. But Bootie Barker and the team kept working with wedge and air pressures to get us in a good spot. It was such a tricky balance to find, but we made a lot of progress in the final stage. The adjustments helped and we really had a car I could race out there. We were able to play with strategy to take two wave-arounds and get both of our laps back at the end. There just weren't enough laps left at the last restart to get up to the front, but we showed the field what this team is made of. I'm proud of how hard this team worked. It was a well deserved top-20 finish, and I can't wait to get to Las Vegas next week."
Next Up for the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 on FOX at 3:30 PM ET.
QUALIFYING: ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Race: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Date: March 5, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM ET, FOX TV, PRN & Sirius/XM Radio
Opening Practice: 17th
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series got on track at Atlanta Motor Speedway today for opening practice and qualifying. The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS posted 17th quick time in opening practice at noon today and qualifying began at 5:45 PM ET.
After about five minutes of the 15-minute clock had expired, many cars began taking to the track to log their qualifying efforts. Driver Ty Dillon charged into turns one and two with a near pole-winning quickness, but lost ground as he brought the GEICO Chevrolet back around through turns 3 and 4 to complete his timed qualifying lap. His first effort ended up not fast enough for the top-24. He attempted again, improving his time, but still not quite making the cut-off to be inside the top-24 by the end of round one.
Dillon, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, discussed today's qualifying efforts...
"I had a really good lap through one and two. The GEICO Chevrolet SS was running really good. I just kind of got a little overly aggressive through three and four. That bottom line is very, very sensitive. You have to be whoa'd down to kind of catch it and once you catch it, you can get back to the throttle. I just missed it. The guys gave me a good car, I'm just disappointed that I kind of messed up."
Dillon will start 26th in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Tomorrow the team is back on track again at noon for final practice. Watch it live on FS1.