RACE PREVIEW: Kansas Speedway
The No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 is returning to the Kansas Speedway night race for the first time since 2016. After a two-year absence in this particular race, the blue and white GEICO scheme comes back to the nighttime event at the mile-and-a-half track, as the Germain Racing team looks to continue a strong start to the 2019 season. The last time the gecko-adorned hood was on track this season was in April’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, winning Stage 1 and surviving “The Big One” to earn a top-20 finish.
So far throughout the 2019 campaign, driver Ty Dillon has scored two stage wins. He leads Team Chevy drivers in stage wins, owning two of the manufacturer’s four. His first stage win came at Bristol Motor Speedway and the second in the GEICO 500. He has four top-15 finishes under his belt, the best of which was a sixth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Germain Racing’s Kansas Team Member
The eNASCAR Heat Pro League (eNHPL) season kicks off in just a few weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Representing Germain Racing in the XBOX series is Kansas resident Jacob Kerr. Kerr was selected in the inaugural eNHPL draft to pilot the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 for the Welcome, N.C., based team in their newly established gaming team. At 22 years old, Kerr currently resides in Stillwell, Kan. He has been playing NASCAR Heat since 2009, developing his gaming skills which ultimately led to being chosen to compete in the first season of the eNHPL. Kerr will attend Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway as a guest of Germain Racing, taking over the team’s Twitter handle throughout the afternoon.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
What are your thoughts as you prepare for Kansas Speedway?
“The good thing so far this year is that we’ve had speed at the intermediate tracks. We’re still working on what we need for the car to handle how we need it to during the race, but I think we’re certainly getting there. We have seen our short-track program grow in a positive direction this season. Matt (Borland, crew chief) and I feel very confident in our communication with one another. The next step is fine-tuning our mile-and-a-half program, and we’re getting closer and closer with each track. We’ve shown speed in qualifying, which is a plus. We’re just looking to carry that speed over into consistency throughout the race. We’ve been great at the end of races, but we’ve been a little bit behind at the start. Once we get all of that ironed out, our GEICO Racing team is going to be a really strong, competitive team at these intermediates.”
On Friday night, Dillon will stop by the Turn 2 Bar at the Hollywood Casino immediately after his qualifying run at Kansas Speedway. Come by for an autograph, a selfie and a Twisted Tea!
When: Friday, May 10 immediately following Dillon’s qualifying run
Where: Hollywood Casino
Tickets and Tune In!
The Digital Ally 400 will be run on Saturday, May 11. Tickets to Kansas Speedway can be purchased at NASCAR.com/tickets.
The race will air live at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.