RACE PREVIEW: Talladega Superspeedway
Superspeedway racing is a daunting task for many but one that Ty Dillon takes in stride. Having found success at Talladega Superspeedway in the past, Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 team circle trips to Alabama on their calendar. After being one of the few to finish the race last fall, Dillon is looking to go back and this time end the day in Victory Lane.
Dillon has completed every lap of all three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races that he’s competed in at Talladega Superspeedway. He also finished the race when he served as a mid-race relief driver for Tony Stewart at the track in 2016. Not many drivers can say that they have survived that much melee. Although it was unofficial with Stewart being credited for the finish because he started the race, Dillon earned his best finish of sixth place during his relief duties for the champion driver. His best official finish was 11th place in the 2017 fall race with the GEICO Racing team.
Dillon has five previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts to his name. He earned his best finish of eighth place in 2015 and has led a combined total of 34 laps of competition. In his two previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon earned his best start and best finish in the 2012 event after starting from the pole and finishing in the fourth position. He also finished every lap of both races and led 51 laps of competition. In Dillon’s lone ARCA start at the superspeedway in 2011, he started from the pole and won the race after leading 50 of 94 laps.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
Why is Germain Racing always so strong at superspeedway racing?
“We always have really good superspeedway cars. We finished sixth at Daytona in July. This style of racing suits me really well, and I think it works well for our team. Our GEICO Racing team always tries to make the most of opportunities, and there are a lot of opportunities up for grabs at Talladega and Daytona. My team took an incredibly fast car to Talladega in the spring. It was on top of the board in first practice and second in final practice, but we lost it after getting caught up in a big wreck during that practice session and had to pull out our backup. I know that the guys want some redemption and are ready to prove that once again our superspeedway car is the car to beat out there.”
How physically and mentally draining is superspeedway racing?
“There’s no doubt that superspeedway racing is physical, but it is way more of a mental challenge. I’ve been more exhausted after superspeedway racing than anywhere else. My body doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything extraordinarily physical, but I’m mentally drained. Staying mentally engaged to so many details around you that are constantly changing for four hours is the toughest game of them all. The fall Talladega is especially challenging because it’s a Playoff race and very intense. We may not be in the Playoffs, but we do have to survive. This is an opportunity to score a lot of points and build some upward momentum even with the season coming to a close.”
Dillon will kick off 1000Bulbs.com 500 weekend with the fans during The Big One on the Boulevard!
When: Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: Talladega Boulevard (Infield)
Sunday morning, Dillon can be found in the fan midway with the GEICO Gecko! He will be at the GEICO display to get race day started by answering fan questions, taking photos, signing autographs and more!
When: Sunday, October 14 from 10:00 – 10:20 a.m. CT
Where: Talladega Superspeedway Fan Midway