Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Food City 500 (500 laps, 266.5 miles)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bristol Motor Speedway

2 p.m. ET on FOX (TV), PRN and Sirius/XM (radio)

Practices and qualifying are slated to air live on FS1

The Driver's Wheel...thoughts from Ty Dillon

On how he and his team feel the season has been for them so far...

"Almost every week we've accomplished the goals we set at the beginning of the year. Now it's time to start adjusting the goals a bit higher. We'd like to start working on top-15's and top-10's with our GEICO Chevrolet SS. I think we are ready for that."

On how he feels about Bristol Motor Speedway...

"Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most fun tracks we go to all year. It is the 'last great coliseum.' They nailed it with the description of that place. You are not human if you don't get chills when you walk in that place. Last year was really fun, they put that grip strip around there. It's a place where I've had a lot of success and I like running there."

On special challenges of racing at Bristol...

"Things happen so quick at Bristol. It is mentally draining. You have to be 'on' the whole time you're on the race track. But these days, in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, you've got to be there, mentally, every race. If you aren't mentally drained at the end of a race, you probably didn't have a very good day. You have to be working hard from the time you land the plane to the time you take off again. I know we are looking forward to every lap this weekend at Bristol in the GEICO Chevy."

On the off weekend...

"My wife, Haley, and I spent some time in Hawaii."

Crew Chief Quips

Bootie Barker answers...Do you like Bristol racing?

"I do. But, honestly, I like racing everywhere. There are unique challenges in each situation. gotta hand it to Bristol. It's very fast. So much can happen in a corner or in an instant. It's a really great show for the fans and a lot of tense nerves for a lot of people in the garage!"

What are your thoughts after the early season races on where the GEICO Chevy program is?

"We're doing well. But, we can't relax on that at all. I like Ty's attitude to raise the bar. We have to constantly keep working toward better weekends. We have to stay focused and keep doing better every race."

Chassis Notes

  • Primary: 546

  • Backup: 518

  • The primary chassis raced for the GEICO Chevy team last year at Indy as well as Loudon (2) and Phoenix (2)

  • This weekend, our No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS features associate sponsorship from Twisted Tea, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, ZAK Products, Wix Filters and Caymus Vineyards. Germain Racing is proud to be a Lincoln Electric team.

Stats Recap

  • Ty Dillon is making his second MENCS start at Bristol

  • In seven NXS starts at Bristol, Dillon has six top-10 finishes and three top-fives

  • Dillon has three NCWTS starts at Bristol, including one top-10 finish

  • Germain Racing has 15 MENCS, six NXS and 15 NCWTS starts at Bristol with two top-10 finishes in NXS and seven in Trucks, including five top-5's

  • Of the top-5 finishes at Bristol, three are runner-up finishes for Germain Racing and two are 3rd place finishes

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