Dillon Weekend Chatter
The 2018 season has brought a lot of changes to the team with a new Chevrolet body style and a new crew chief. How have you seen these changes effect competition so far?
“So far, I think that all of the changes have sent our team in a positive direction. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 just looks cool right off the bat. It really translates well to what you’ll see on the dealership floor, which is great for Chevrolet and the fans. Making it even better, the on-track performance of our GEICO Camaro ZL1 has been great. We were able to test with it in Las Vegas, and we had practice time with it this past weekend in Daytona. It feels a lot better than what we had last year, and that will be a plus for all of the Team Chevy drivers as we head into 2018. We were also able to bring Matt Borland onboard as our crew chief this year. It’s been great for everyone at the shop as he’s brought in a new perspective that the team hasn’t had before. I think that we’re going to continue progressing as a group this season and put ourselves in a position at the end of the year to be where we want to be.
What are your expectations as we head into the Duels and the Daytona 500 this weekend?
“I have pretty high expectations for the Duels and the Daytona 500. I’ve gotten more and more comfortable drafting over the years, especially in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. I understand what it takes now, which has allowed me to be more relaxed when we come to superspeedways. I want to go out and win our Duel this year in our GEICO Camaro ZL1. I feel strongly that we have the car that it takes to make it to Victory Lane. We had a shot to win here back in July, and I feel like if we can put ourselves in that position again then we’ve got a great shot at the win.”