After success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Ty Dillon moved up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Germain Racing full-time last year, putting together a solid campaign.
Now partnered with a new crew chief for 2018 in Matt Borland, the third-generation driver took some time to talk about his thoughts for Popular Speed.
POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts going into the season?
TY DILLON: I’m very excited going into the season. We brought Matt Borland to be the crew chief, ,and are just changing some things up at Germain Racing. It’s nice for everyone to have a different leadership view, and I think it’s going really well this off-season. We’ve seen some growth, especially for me. I know I’m going to grow a lot. I grew a lot at the end of last year, at the end of my rookie year. Just excited to get another shot at a full season, and going back to a lot of the tracks a second time.
PS: With the success you were able to have, what are your goals and expectations?
TY: Just to improve, just to continue to get better each time we hit a race track, to be patient each week and week out, and just focus on making the racecars good. If you have a good racecar, it tends to pay off with a good finish. Just building on the process that I learned a lot about last year.
PS: What track are you most looking forward to getting to?
TY: I’m most looking forward to – I don’t know. We had quite a few good runs at a bunch of tracks. Probably Daytona, just because that means our season is starting. We get to go back to all the tracks and that sets the tone for the year, even if it’s a different style of racing. A good day at the Daytona 500 can set you up for the rest of the year.
PS: How would you characterize your rookie campaign?
TY: I felt last year was good. We learned a lot, and really grew as a driver and team. I think it was definitely a learning season for myself. I’m excited to employ what I learned on that season to this year.
PS: What’s the biggest thing that you learned last year?
TY: I think just patience – not just on the race track, but off throughout the practice sessions and the whole weekend, and just focusing on doing what I know how to do and that’s drive a racecar to make sure we get it handling it right for the race. I look forward to growing in that as well, and building off that this season.
PS: What are your reflections back on how the stage racing played out for year one?
TY: I think it was a success, and I really enjoyed it. I think stage racing adds a lot of depth to the race, and helps the fans stay engaged and entertained throughout the race and the year. Going forward, there’s going to be a bigger emphasis on making sure you get those stage points, which starts with qualifying good and running up front throughout the whole race – not just focusing on the finish.
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