RACE PREVIEW: Richmond Raceway
After a rough weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway where the GEICO Racing team had to rally after sustaining front-end damage early in the race, Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 team are looking ahead to this week’s 400-lap race at Richmond Raceway.
Dillon has two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond Raceway. He ran both races during his 2017 rookie season in the GEICO Chevrolet and has an average start of 28.0 and an average finish of 24.0. Although his MENCS debut at the short track came last year, he has a long history at Richmond in the Xfinity Series. He has 10 starts at the track with two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Dillon is also scored with 19 laps led, an average start of 11.7 and an average finish of 9.3.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
We’re heading to Richmond Raceway, but trying to compare it to the other short tracks that we’ve run so far is really apples to oranges. What are your thoughts on racing at Richmond?
“Richmond is one of my favorite tracks that we go to. We have run really well there in the past, but it is tough. ‘Finicky’ is the word I like to use to describe Richmond because a good handling car can come and go so quickly there. It is a hard racetrack to get a handle on, but, once you do, it is very rewarding. I look forward to going there every year as a driver because it is such a true test of your skill. The surface is so worn out that once you get 60 laps on your tires, you’re hardly getting full throttle down the straightaway because they are so worn out. It is almost like a short-track version of Atlanta where the lap times fall off so much. You have to have a lot of finesse to take on this track, and the GEICO Racing team and I are ready for the challenge.”