Daytona International Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event: Daytona 500
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Venue: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
No. 95 Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week’s No. 95 Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway … Dillon will pilot chassis No. 538 for the 58th running of the Daytona 500. This newly prepared Chevrolet SS saw track action for the first time last weekend during practice and qualifying.
Dillon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway … Dillon will make his second-career start in the Daytona 500. Last season he qualified 31st and finished 28th after racing inside the top 10, accumulating some damage and battling back from a lap down.
Sunday’s Qualifier … Last Sunday, Dillon qualified 18th and will start eighth in Thursday night’s second Duel. Dillon is locked in for the Great American Race through the new NASCAR charter system.
Meet Dillon … Fans will have several opportunities to meet Dillon. He is scheduled to sign autographs on Thursday, February 18 at the UNOH Display in the Fan Midway beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 20 at the Florida Lottery display beginning at 8:45 a.m., and Sunday, February 21 at the Team Chevy super stage at 9:30 a.m.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
How would you rate your qualifying effort?
“It was a great effort to be starting in the top 18. I’m very happy with our Cheerios Chevy. Todd (Parrott, crew chief) and all the guys putting hard work into it. Happy for the Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing group to have such a good start here so far. Hopefully going into the Duels we will have a good finish and give ourselves an even better chance. Just relieved to be locked into the Daytona 500 and qualifying well is just another boost going into the weekend. Fun day, proud of the guys and their effort and we will go on to next Thursday.”
What are you goals for this race?
“We’d love to be able to run up front and be in position at the end to win this thing. I experienced a lot last season and have I plan to build on what I learned. I think a good day for our team would be to keep the car clean and just give Todd (Parrott, crew chief) and the guys a chance at the end.”