RACE PREVIEW: Daytona International Speedway
This weekend, NASCAR will make its second annual trip to Daytona International Speedway. Germain Racing and Ty Dillon are taking the GEICO Camaro ZL1 to Daytona Beach, Fla., for another shot at bringing home this checkered flag. In this same Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) event last season, Dillon led seven of the closing laps in the 400-mile race. He was leading the outside lane when the field took the green flag in overtime but was ultimately shuffled out on the final lap. In what was a strong July showing in Daytona last year, Dillon also led 13 laps of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race and was a favorite to win before he was wrecked while in the lead. Dillon will return to the superspeedway looking for redemption in Saturday’s main event.
Dillon has five previous MENCS starts at Daytona International Speedway, but only one of those starts has been in the July event. He scored his best finish at the track in that race last year when he finished in the 16th position in the GEICO Military Chevrolet. He has an average start of 23.6 and an average finish of 27.6, and he has led seven laps of competition at the 2.5-mile track. Dillon has nine NXS starts under his belt as well. With an average start of 12.7 and an average finish of 15.7, Dillon’s best finish of third place came in 2015. He has led 34 laps of competition in the series and started from the pole in 2016. In his three previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts, Dillon has earned an average start of 3.3 and an average finish of 8.7. His best finish of sixth place came in 2013, and he started from the pole in 2015. Although a win has alluded him, he has led 94 laps of NCWTS competition.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
Is Daytona more of an equal playing field for smaller teams than most other tracks?
“I think it definitely provides more opportunities for every team across the board. We have been really strong at plate-racing tracks but have just had some bad luck. This GEICO Racing team took an incredibly fast car to Talladega, but we were taken out during a crash in practice. In Daytona we were running up front but were taken out of that race too. I feel comfortable at superspeedways. I know that if we take a good piece there, then we will have a shot at competing for the win.”
What are you most looking forward to as the series heads back to Daytona?
“We were leading within three laps to go in this race last year and had a shot to win. This team is definitely ready to go back and redeem ourselves and hopefully have another shot at winning. We have a team and a car capable of winning, and I want to get this GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 to Victory Lane.”
Ty Dillon will join his brother Austin Dillon in Victory Circle at ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across the street from Daytona International Speedway. Fans will have the opportunity to ask the brothers questions during a 20-minute Q&A session with MRN host Alex Hayden.
When: Thursday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Victory Circle at ONE DAYTONA
Fans will have the opportunity to see Dillon when he visits the Team Chevy stage on Friday afternoon in the fan midway. He will answer questions in a fan Q&A and sign autographs.
When: Friday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: Daytona International Speedway Fan Midway