RACE PREVIEW: Michigan International Speedway
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 team will return to the Irish Hills of Michigan this weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) competes at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). With the second visit of the season, Dillon is looking for redemption after rain shortened the June event and ultimately ended his late-race charge into the top 20. He finished in the 21st position.
This weekend, Dillon will make his sixth MENCS start at MIS. He has an average start of 28.8 and an average finish of 20.0, with his best finish of 14th place coming in 2015. Dillon has also competed in four NASCAR Xfinity Series races at the two-mile track. He has earned an average start of 10.5 and an average finish of 10.8. He scored his best finish of sixth place in last season’s race. In addition, he has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in the record books. Dillon has an average start of 5.0 and an average finish of 4.5, with his best finish of third place coming in 2013. A former ARCA Racing Series champion, Dillon won the only race he ever competed in at Michigan after starting from the outside pole and leading 22 laps.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
What were your takeaways from the June race that you’ll use, or maybe even avoid, during this trip to Michigan?
“We were not very competitive at the start of the June race in Michigan. We made a lot of changes throughout the race, though, and were running pretty strong at the end. Our GEICO Racing team is hoping to go back and capitalize on where we ended the race. We want to have a race car that will start practice around where we finished and continue to get better throughout the weekend. That’s really what we’re looking at to improve the year. When we visit tracks for the second time, we want to pick up where we left off and not start back at the beginning.”
Since Michigan’s repave, has the racing gotten better each time that the series has been back?
“The racing is starting to improve. They are trying to do things with laying down rubber, but it’s such a big track. It just takes a long time to widen out the groove. We carry so much speed that it makes it difficult to make passes. But, it is still a great race. We’ve seen good racing there the past couple of years. I think the groove will continue to widen and the racing will get better and better.”
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.
When: Sunday, August 12 at 11:45 a.m. ET
Where: Michigan International Speedway Fan Midway