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Dillon Hopes Speed and Confidence Lead Him to Victory

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After 17 events this season, the Chevrolet camp only has a single victory in 2018. As we have witnessed throughout the year, the Chevy’s have been mediocre and came up short of a win again last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Germain Racing’s Ty Dillon is hoping to join his older brother Austin Dillon in the win column with a victory at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

“It be huge, it be a really fun thing for our team and we know we can get it done, we almost got it done last year,” Dillon told POPULAR SPEED.

The North Carolina native is not only looking for his first win of the season but his first top-10 of his career. Dillon has certainly had an uneasy year, with his best finish of 13th at Texas Motor Speedway.

The high banks of Daytona are a test to drivers, but it takes speed and luck to head to victory lane. Though after qualifying on Friday, Dillon feels confident he can pull off his first victory this weekend.

“I think so, it’s got some good speed there in qualifying that’s always something that you need here at Daytona. It takes a little luck, takes some confidence and make sure you miss some of the crashes and staying up front,” Dillon said.

Dillon enjoys running on superspeedways and is no stranger to racing in the front of the pack. During last year’s event, he was on the front row for the overtime restart but faded back on the white flag. The third generation driver finished the race in the 16th position and ultimately led seven laps during the event.

A win this weekend would not only be significant for Germain Racing, but it will clinch Dillon a spot in the playoff to race for a championship.


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Brandon Rivero

Brandon Rivero lives 45 miles north of Homestead-Miami Speedway. Born and raised in Miami, FL, he currently is a student at Florida International University school of Communications and Journalism with a focus in Public Relations. In addition to POPULAR SPEED, Rivero is a member of his university's Public Relations Student Society of America and an intern for the Florida Panthers NHL Club.