Fresh off of an 11th place finish at Michigan International Speedway, a challenging intermediate racetrack that previously gave Germain Racing fits, Ty Dillon and company rolled into Bristol Motor Speedway feeling confident and upbeat. The legendary half-mile facility also marks the spot of the GEICO team's first stage win back in April.
The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been one of milestones and significant improvement for the No. 13 team. Over the weekend, the group continued their quest for success when they tackled the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
Dillon and his No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 started Saturday night's race from the 24th position. With 500 laps lying in wait, Dillon and crew chief, Matt Borland, agreed that patience and persistence would be the keys to success when they took the green flag. As action got underway, Dillon was strong and he made gradual progress, keeping his car clean of any damage while also turning lap times quicker than his fellow competitors in front of him. He continued clawing his way forward and by lap 95 had broken into the top-20.
Dillon remained consistent throughout the night and rarely gave up positions. The Germain Racing crew reciprocated his on-track efforts each time he visited pit road and returned the GEICO Military Camaro to the racing surface in a timely fashion. Atop the pit wagon, Borland operated with a sharp pencil and crafted a strategy that would keep Dillon in a solid position throughout the 266.5-mile event.
When the checkered flag closed out an intense evening of racing, Dillon hustled his No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 across the finish line in the 20th position, bookended by Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Jimmie Johnson (five-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion) and William Byron. The result accounts for Germain Racing's second consecutive top-20 finish and their 9th on the season. Dillon has now recorded three top-20's in his last five starts.
"Bristol is my favorite track to come to and the night race is an experience like none other for the fans," Dillon said. "Tonight may not have been our best car overall, but I'm very proud of my GEICO Military guys. We continued to work hard to finish as strong as possible. One of the things we take pride in at Germain Racing is always putting forth the effort to get the best result we can. Matt (Borland, crew chief) made a couple strategy calls that got us back in a position to capitalize and we ended up with a solid top-20 finish. Our team will use this coming off-week wisely and shift our focus to Darlington and the final stretch of the season."
Germain Racing will now enjoy a week off before returning to action at 'The Track Too Tough to Tame' on Labor Day weekend for race number 25 of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 will hit the track at Darlington Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 30th, at 2:05 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 2:35 PM (ET).
The Bojangles' Southern 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 1st, and it will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 6 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.