In his last trip to Phoenix at the end of the 2017 season, Ty Dillon tied his season-best finish of 11th. Dillon had a top-10 run going when trouble on a late-race pit stop set him back, and he restarted in 20th place with just over 50 laps remaining. Charging forward to regain spots, he rebounded to finish in the 11th position. The GEICO Racing team had also finished in 11th place a few weeks earlier at Talladega Superspeedway. Dillon will return to ISM Raceway looking to build on the foundation that the team has going at the one-mile track.
When Dillon climbs into the GEICO Camaro ZL1 on Sunday, it will mark his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in Phoenix. In his four previous races, Dillon has a best finish of 11th place with an average start of 24.5 and an average finish of 17.2. With eight previous starts at ISM Raceway in the Xfinity Series, Dillon has earned two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He scored his best finish of fourth place in 2014 and has led a total of 16 laps. Dillon has competed in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in Phoenix, scoring one top-five finish and leading 21 laps. His best finish of fourth place came in 2013.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
What are your expectations as we head back to Phoenix after your successful run there last year?
“Phoenix is one of my favorite tracks that we visit each season. I have it circled on my calendar every year. Our GEICO Racing team ran a great race there last November, and we were right on the verge of a top 10. It’s unfortunate that we fell one spot short, but that makes us even more determined to score that top 10 this weekend. We’ve got some significant changes to the team in our new crew chief and the Camaro ZL1 body as we prepare for the weekend, but I think that we can get it done. This team is as motivated as ever, and I’m ready to work hard right along with them.”
Dillon will kick off race weekend in Phoenix at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, Ariz., signing autographs and meeting fans.
When: Thursday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. MST
Where: 1133 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201
On Sunday, Dillon can be found in the fan midway with the GEICO Gecko! He will be at the GEICO display to get race day started by answering fan questions, taking photos, signing autographs and more!
When: Sunday, March 11 at 9:15 - 9:35 a.m. MST
Where: ISM Raceway Fan Midway
Fans will have the opportunity to see Dillon when he visits the Team Chevy stage on Sunday morning in the fan midway. He will answer questions in a fan Q&A and sign autographs.