RACE PREVIEW: Chicagoland Speedway
NASCAR is heading back towards the east coast after a weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Ty Dillon had a strong top-12 run going at the road course when a mechanical issue set the GEICO Racing team back and relegated them to a 33rd-place finish. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) will make a stop at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the track’s new July date. The track’s annual race weekend was previously held in September and was the first race of The Playoffs. Germain Racing will take the GEICO Camaro ZL1 out to the Midwest looking to continue the momentum that the team has been building.
Dillon has two previous MENCS starts at Chicagoland Speedway. His best finish of 27th place came in his first start at the track in 2016. With much more on-track experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Chicagoland, Dillon has an average start of 8.2 and an average finish of 7.5 from his six starts. He has scored two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes, tying his best finish of fifth place in 2014 and 2015. Dillon has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts under his belt at the intermediate track. He has an average start and an average finish of 8.5. His best finish to date has been a fifth-place finish in 2013, and he has led 17 laps of competition. A former ARCA Racing Series champion, Dillon won the only series race he ever competed in at Chicagoland. In 2011, he started from the fifth position and led 16 laps to bring home the checkered flag.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
What makes Chicagoland Speedway such a challenge?
“Chicagoland is a lot of fun, but it has been really tough track on me the past couple of years. I haven’t really been able to find the handle on what I need. The surface is wearing out, and the tires are falling off worse every time that we go back. The groove has continued to get higher and higher and is almost all the way to the wall now. Funny thing about mile-and-half tracks is that they’re all very similar. But, once they all start to age and endure the seasons of whatever part of the country they may be in, they become completely different from each other. That’s what makes racing such a challenge though. I always look forward to going back to Chicago and trying to improve. I think that we’re going to have a good shot at running well this year with our GEICO Camaro ZL1.”
Ty Dillon will be on hand in Chicagoland Speedway’s Legends Club to watch the NCWTS race with fans. Purchase a Friday or 3-Day Legends Club Package and watch the race on Friday night with the driver of the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1!
When: Friday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Where: Chicagoland Speedway Legends Club
Tickets: Chicagoland Speedway Website