RACE PREVIEW: MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
Paperclip Bound – Ty Dillon and the GEICO Racing team are returning to the historic Martinsville Speedway for the second and final time of 2019. The No. 13 Camaro ZL1 will take to the .526-mile paperclip-shaped oval on Saturday for two practice sessions, before qualifying later that afternoon at 4:35 p.m. ET. The green flag for the First Data 500 is scheduled to wave at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27.
Dillon at Martinsville – Dillon has made five career MENCS starts at Martinsville, all of which have been behind the wheel of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet. Dillon has completed 99.6% of laps competed overall in the Cup Series and posted consecutive top-15 finishes (most recently 13th in spring 2019 event). Throughout his career, Dillon has participated in six NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, where he posted his best finish of second at the paperclip shaped track.
Meet Dillon – Want to meet Dillon before the green flag waves on Sunday, October 27? At 11:45 a.m. ET, Dillon will stop by the Chevrolet Display in the Fan Zone to chat, answer questions and sign autographs for fans.
Tickets and Tune In – The First Data 500 will take place on Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The 500-lap event can be watched live on NBC Sports Network, while Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the live radio broadcast. Purchase tickets to Martinsville Speedway at NASCAR.com/tickets.
From the Driver’s Seat: Quotes from Ty Dillon
Why is Martinsville unlike any other short track?
"Martinsville is like no other. It's so flat and so tight-cornered. It is truly unique to all of the tracks that we run. It has been good to us lately and hopefully we can continue the good runs that we have had for our GEICO team on the short tracks. We are looking to come out of there with a top-10 or top-15 again."
What is different about the way that you have to get into the turns at Martinsville?
"Yeah, with the paperclip and a 180-degree turn, you are driving straight in, braking straight, and don't have a lot of wheel in on the entry to the corner. Then you have to be able to release the brake and roll the middle pretty fast. Whereas when you go to a Richmond or a Bristol, the corners flow a little bit better. You are not doing it all in one motion. You are slowly guiding the car through the corner. At Martinsville, you have to do it all in one quick snap."