Austin Dillon takes on the Fan Shield 500 at Phoenix Raceway

Dillon has 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix Raceway to his credit, earning two top-10 finishes. He earned his best finish of eighth at the track in November 2018.

This year, the Phoenix Raceway has some new changes—it will serve as the championship race this season instead of Homestead-Miami Speedway and there will be a package difference at the short track. “It’s hard to recreate what Homestead-Miami Speedway has been able to do for our championship race the last couple of years, so Phoenix Raceway has a lot to live up to, but I feel like it being a short track and a place where guys can get to each other, it should be a good race and I’m excited to see what it can deliver,” said Dillon. “I feel like saving your tires could make a difference. Being a good tire manager at those races with less downforce will be key. You’re going to have to be easier on the throttle at certain places. I think of places like Sonoma Raceway where the tires are already at a premium, and they will probably be at even more of a premium now with all of that horsepower that we’re going to have and no downforce. For short tracks, I like it. I have a better record at short tracks with less downforce so it should play into my cars pretty well.”

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