TALLADEGA â Now that the racing is underway at Talladega Superspeedwayâs revamped facilities, reactions are trickling in from drivers and fans as they are settling into the new digs.
Austin Dillon, the driver of Richard Childress Racingâs storied #3 Chevrolet, offered a complimentary assessment of the facility during an interview with Yellowhammer News on Saturday.
âThe new garage looks excellent,â he said. âEverything they drew up in the pictures when they were announcing they were going to do this, it looks identical. Itâs great for our fans. Itâs a great place to come.â
âIâm a huge sports fan in general,â he continued. âWhen we update our facilities to compete with these other sports, I think it means a lot, and it goes a long way with our fans.â
Dillon said that with the new features, he is able to get a few more autographs in with fans and have conversations.
Restrictor plate racing has also changed this season, of which Dillon spoke approvingly.
âThereâs a little more horsepower out there, but the downforce level is pretty high,â he said. âItâs just a little more driving it throughout the race, which is nice. The car seems to handle pretty good. We put on a good show. I like the way the manufacturers are working together now and have kind of created a different type of racing. You see the manufacturer-driven, working together. Itâs cool.â
Dillon currently sits 23rd in NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR points outside of the playoffs. However, he is hoping to have late-season success to build on for 2020.
âWe want to build some momentum going into next year,â Dillon said. âObviously we didnât finish where we wanted to be here this year, this season, not making the playoffs. But we showed speed at certain times. We need to get back on track with some consistency throughout the end of the year, just being consistent, finishing where we should finish â a couple of top 10s for sure is where weâd like to be, and maybe steal a win by the end of the year.â
According to the veteran racecar driver, Talladega remains a unique facility, given its tradition and folklore.
âTalladega is a fun place,â he said. âWe were just talking about Talladega Boulevard, the legends and the myths that come around this place. Itâs a fun track to come to. Itâs more relaxed for us drivers. But when you get on the track, itâs probably the most intense weekend for us. So, we enjoy coming here because you never know what would unfold and what it would look like in the end. That could put some of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history here.â
Partnered with Dillonâs effort this weekend at Talladega is General Motors Co.âs âBuyPower Card.â Dillon touted it as a useful product for NASCAR fans.
âItâs really cool,â Dillon said. âIâm a car enthusiast, a car guy. The GM BuyPower Card â you can put it toward different extras on your car, SiriusXM, oil change â whatever it may be you want to do, buy a new car. You can do that with the new GM BuyPower Card. Iâm pumped to be a part of this partnership and feel like it is a good partnership, given Iâll be on the racetrack this weekend. Any fan that comes to the track has to stop and get gas, do different things getting here. I think it is the card for our fans in NASCAR.â
Dillon went on to point out Talladega Superspeedway was where Richard Childress Racingâs roots lie, calling it a memorable place for his car owner, Richard Childress.
âEverything started here,â he said. âSo when we come here at RCR, the boss man wants to run good. He loves this place, loves seeing speed, showcase our engines â everything. This has been a memorable place for him, and weâd love to put him back in victory lane here.â