RACE PREVIEW: Bristol Motor Speedway
News and Notes
Under the Lights – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) heads to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for the second and final time of the 2019 season. Ty Dillon and the GEICO Military team will take to the “Last Great Colosseum” on Friday for two practice sessions and qualifying, before taking the green flag on Saturday night under the lights.
First Career Stage Win – Earlier this season during the spring event at BMS, Dillon and Germain Racing earned their first career stage win. Dillon beat Clint Bowyer by a nose to capture the first stage of the race, before recording a top-15 finish at the conclusion of the event. The GEICO Racing team went on to win their second stage of the season in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in April.
Dillon at Bristol – Dillon has six career MENCS starts at BMS, five of which have been in the GEICO Chevrolet. The 27-year-old has finished in the 15th position twice, most recently in this season’s spring event where he also won the first stage. Dillon has also competed in 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series events and three NASCAR Truck Series races at the high-banked, half-mile track.
Rearview Mirror – One week ago at Michigan International Speedway, Dillon successfully competed inside the top-20 for the majority of the 400-mile event before driving his Camaro ZL1 up into the 16th position with five laps to go. As fuel strategy played a role in the final laps, Dillon gained an additional five spots to cross the finish line in 11th-place.
Honor and Remember – This weekend, Germain Racing will honor Private First Class Larry Gene Batcher of the United States Army. Batcher was killed in action during the Vietnam War on October 12, 1970, in the Quang Ngai province of South Vietnam through hostile action at the age of 21. The Naples, Florida, native was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals for his bravery and sacrifice. The No. 13 team is honored to have Batcher’s name ride with Dillon during Saturday’s race.
Tennessee Roots – Rear suspension mechanic Will Norris is returning home to the Volunteer State. The Bells, Tennessee native is a University of Northern Ohio Motorsports Alumni and has been actively involved in racing from a young age. Norris, 23, is currently in his first season as a crew member in the Cup Series.
Meet Dillon – Fans will have two opportunities to meet Dillon on Saturday, August 17 at BMS. At 3:50 p.m., the GEICO Racing driver will sign autographs at the Germain Racing Merchandise Hauler, located in the Fan Midway. In addition, Dillon will be a special guest at the Tweet-Up, held near the Bruton Smith Admin Building, beginning at 4:35 p.m.
Tickets and Tune In – The Bass Pro Shops Night Race will take place on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The 500-lap event can be watched live on NBC Sports Network, while PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the live radio broadcast. Tickets to Bristol Motor Speedway can be purchased at NASCAR.com/tickets.
From the Driver’s Seat: Quotes from Ty Dillon
What is your outlook heading to Bristol Motor Speedway?
“Bristol is my favorite track that we go to all season. Winning the stage in the spring was big for our GEICO team. It gave us a lot of confidence. Short tracks have been our strong suit at Germain Racing, so we look forward to going back to Bristol and hopefully capitalizing to finish better than 15th. I think we will show our strength at short tracks again and look to gain some more stage points.”
Is Bristol more physically or mentally demanding on drivers?
“There are a lot of tracks that are more mentally draining than physically, but Bristol is probably the most physically demanding track we go to. By the end of the race, it starts to pull from your mental demand. I think if you are physically confident and in shape, you can stay mentally sharp the whole race.”