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Ty Dillon Follows Up Strong Race with 15th-Place Finish at Martinsville

It was a solid afternoon for the No. 13 Germain Racing group on Sunday. Ty Dillon ran inside the top 15 a majority of the race and kept the fenders on the car. Dillon, who has had a rather dismal season, has earned three 15th-place finishes including in Sunday’s First Data 500. After qualifying 23rd, Dillon made his way through the pack to run against drivers like AJ Allmendinger, Chris Buescher, Jimmie Johnson and others. Dillon was able to keep his solid afternoon going and ended Sunday’s race in 15th.

“It was a solid run,” said Dillon. “We had good speed and we executed all day. Our pit stops and our car was good and when we do that, you have a good shot at a strong finish and that’s what we did. It’s kind of a David vs. Goliath thing and we know what we are capable of and we showed that today. We had a lot of belief in this team and car and we did a good job today so hopefully, we can keep improving on that.”

One thing that played a factor during the race on Sunday was the threat of rain that wound up showing up after the checkered flag flew. While many drivers were making moves to improve their finish pending the race getting called after rainfall, he was one of the drivers who wouldn’t have minded the rain coming, as long as he was inside the top 10 like he was when those discussions began ramping up.

“When the threat of rain was getting talked about the most, we were sitting inside the top 10. We were ready for it to come. Who knows, you never know what’s going to happen so, either way, we were good with a good day.”

Dillon has been with the organization since 2017 and it hasn’t been the greatest two seasons. In those, Dillon has only tallied 11 top-15 finishes with only one finish inside the top 10. Two of those top-15 finishes have come in the last three races putting the No. 13 team on what could become a fast track with momentum.

“Any good finish is always good momentum and we are trying to have some going into the end of the year.”

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season. His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway. During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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    A 15th place finish is nothing to brag about, unless you are a constant start and park race car.

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      The only other times 15th place finishes were noteworthy enough to receive entire stories were the few times the previous driver of the 10 car lucked into them.