Ty Dillon and GEICO Camaro ZL1 Team Ready to Return to Racing Action at Texas Motor Speedway
After an opportunity to rest and recharge during the sport’s first off weekend of the season, NASCAR will return to racing action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). In the first six weeks of the season, the GEICO Racing team worked to adjust to the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 body and changes to the team with the addition of new crew chief Matt Borland. Heading into the holiday weekend, the team captured their best finish so far this year when the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 took the checkered flag in 22nd at Martinsville Speedway.
TMS is one of Ty Dillon’s favorite tracks after having won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race there early in his career. In his five starts at TMS in NCWTS competition, Dillon has only finished outside of the top five one time and has led 229 laps of the 776 laps that he has competed in at the intermediate track. This weekend, Dillon will make his fourth start at TMS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). He scored his best finish of 17th in the GEICO Chevrolet during the spring race of the 2017 season. Dillon will also run in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race. It will be his 10th start at TMS, and he has never finished outside of the top 16, with his best finish of fifth coming in 2015.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
Texas is an intermediate racetrack, and you already raced at Atlanta and Las Vegas this season. Are you able to take any of your notes from those tracks and apply them to your preparations for Texas?
“We call Atlanta a one-off mile-and-a-half because of its worn out surface and how rough it is on tires. It’s a whole different beast than what Texas is, especially now that Texas has been through the repave. It is almost flat in Turns 1 and 2 and is high-banked in Turns 3 and 4. Texas is really becoming its own beast as well because of that. When the repave first happened, the racing really suffered for a bit because of it. But, as a driver, I get a sense that the racing will be much better this year as the groove widens and the grip starts to wear down. I’m ready to get our GEICO Camaro ZL1 down to Texas, and I think that we are going to see some great racing there this weekend.”
The Twisted Tea Tailgating Pro Tips RV Tour will head to Texas this weekend! Dillon and host of “Man v. Food” Casey Webb will be in the TMS fan zone cooking up delicious Twisted Tea-infused recipes for race fans on Friday morning.
When: Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. CT
Where: Twisted Tea Tailgating Pro Tips RV Tour in the TMS Fan Midway
Dillon will join the NASCAR Youth Autograph Session on Saturday morning to meet the sport’s youngest fans!
When: Sunday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. CT
Where: Texas Motor Speedway Display in the TMS Fan Midway