…on racing the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS in The Monster Energy Open:
"This weekend, I'm making my first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I'm glad we get to take the GEICO Military Chevrolet SS there for The Monster Energy Open. It gives this Germain Racing team and me a chance to get set for the Coca-Cola 600. And it gives me maybe a chance to drive a bit more aggressively. The Monster Energy Open is like three chances to practice scoring stage points at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That could come in handy for the 600."
This weekend, our No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS features associate sponsorship from Twisted Tea, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, ZAK Products, Wix Filters, Caymus Vineyards and RTIC Coolers. Germain Racing is proud to be a Lincoln Electric team and every race car we field sports a pink ribbon and a pink heart in honor of “Gracie.”
Tune In! This is when to look for the GEICO Military Chevy at Charlotte this weekend…
Opening & Final Practice for Monster Energy Open: Friday, May 19, 3-4:25 p.m, ET
Qualifying: Saturday, May 20, 4:35 p.m.: Qualifying (multi-vehicle, two rounds)
6 p.m.: Monster Energy Open (20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps)
FS1 carries all television coverage (Canada TSN2) and PRN/Sirius XM deliver the radio broadcast
Ty Dillon is making his MENCS debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as his first appearance in the Monster Energy Open
Dillon has competed in six NXS races earning four top-ten finishes at Charlotte
Dillon has two NCWTS starts at Charlotte with one top-five/two top-ten results
Germain Racing has 15 MENCS points race starts at Charlotte and six starts in The Open with a highest finish of third (2014) and three top-ten results
GEICO Military has been the paint scheme for the No. 13 team in The Open since 2014
Germain has six NXS and 14 NCWTS starts at Charlotte including five top-fives in Trucks
What Is the Monster Energy Open?
The Monster Energy Open is a qualifying race for drivers that are not already locked into the Monster Energy All-Star race which will be run later Saturday night, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Both The Open and the All-Star races are exhibition events that pay purse money but do not award championship points.
The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knock-out qualifying that begins on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET on FS1. The Open race will include three stages (20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps) and the winner of each stage will earn a spot in the All-Star race. The 20th and final spot in the All-Star race field will be determined through a fan vote.
For more on the Monster Energy Open and the Monster Energy All-Star Race here are excerpts from sportingnews.com…
What is the format and rules for the All-Star race?
The race format is as follows:
— The race will feature four stages (20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps), totaling 70 laps, an ode to the 1992 edition of the same distance.
— The goal for all competitors: Earn a spot in the final 10-lap, 10-car stage.
— The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage, as long as they remain on the lead lap after the third stage.
— The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots needed to fill the 10-car final stage.
— The remaining 10 cars will be lined up by average finish of the first three stages and given the option to pit. Exit off pit road determines starting order for final stage.