Austin Dillon Wins His First Nationwide Race

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Young Austin Dillon brought home the win Friday Night at Kentucky Speedway after dominating the race and leading 192 out of 200 laps. After winning the Camping World Truck Series Championship last year, Dillon moved up to the Nationwide Series for this year and this is his first win. Dillon has been consistent all season long but now his hard work has paid off with a win.

The race was pretty calm overall. The first caution of the night came out on lap 25 when the No.24 of Jamie Mosley spun coming off turn four. A record-breaking green-flag run now started. On lap 82, the first cycle of green-flag pit stops began. Austin Dillon cycled through as the leader. On lap 107, Dillon lead followed by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr and Michael Annett.

On lap 135, Hamlin had been struggling all night and now he got loose from an engine problem and almost spun out but he saved it and took the car behind the wall to end his night. Hamlin ended up finishing 33rd. On lap 138 the second round of green-flag pit stops began. In the middle of the cycle of pit stops, Mike Wallace made contact with Kurt Busch and Wallace was sent up the track and he pounded the wall. The caution came out for the first time since the caution on lap 25.

Coming to the restart, Dillon was the leader. After the green-flag dropped for the restart, Kurt Busch went three wide into turn one. Busch was on the bottom with Annett in the middle and Dillon on the outside, Dillon pulled away as the leader and Busch battled Allgaier for second. With 20 laps to go, Brian Scott brought his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Toyota behind the wall with an engine problem. That was the end to Scott’s night and that was the second engine issues for JGR that night. With five to go, Busch was telling his crew that he had lost a cylinder but he would continue on in the race.

Dillon dominated this race, when he crossed the line to take the checker; he had a nine second lead over second place Busch. Dillon also led 192 laps. Dillon’s first Nationwide win sure came in dominating fashion. Dillon was stoked in victory lane; he said that the domination was “awesome.” This was the first time a black No.3 car has pulled into victory lane since the late Dale Earnhardt had done so over ten years ago. Dillon said that it is “awesome for all these fans” to get the No.3 back in victory lane. Dillon’s grandfather and team owner Richard Childress said that it’s very cool to win but “especially your grandson, that’s really cool.”

Kurt Busch ended up in second even though he had car issues late in the race. Michael Annett got his first top five finish of the season, he finished fourth. Kenny Wallace made a great return to the track and he finished 11th followed by Danica who had a great run on such a tough track. Ryan Blaney was racing on the biggest track he’s ever raced on and he ended up finishing 15th. Dillon also took over the points lead from Elliot Sadler. Dillon is setting himself up perfectly for a shot at the championship later this season.

Next week the Nationwide Series heads to Daytona for one of the best races of the season. Sparks will fly under the Fourth of July fireworks next Friday night in Daytona.

UPDATE- Austin Dillon fails post-race inspection, penalty to be handed out Tuesday. We’ll post an article on the penalty once it becomes available.

Results via










1 1 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet Bass   Pro Shops 48/2 200 Running
2 8 54 Kurt Busch Toyota Monster   Energy 0 200 Running
3 2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Hunt   Brothers Pizza 0 200 Running
4 9 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot   Flying J 41/1 200 Running
5 7 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 40/1 200 Running
6 4 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Wurth 38/0 200 Running
7 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount   Tire 0 200 Running
8 5 6 Ricky Stenhouse   Jr. Ford Sam’s   Club / Cargill 37/1 200 Running
9 12 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain   Financial 35/0 200 Running
10 13 30 James Buescher Chevrolet Fresh   from Florida Gulf Seafood 0 200 Running
11 26 199 Kenny Wallace Toyota American   Ethanol / Family Farmers 33/0 198 Running
12 11 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 32/0 198 Running
13 25 198 Reed Sorenson Ford Shelby   Engine Co. 31/0 198 Running
14 10 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet Degree   Men 30/0 198 Running
15 14 136 Ryan Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 29/0 198 Running
16 20 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet Great   Clips 28/0 198 Running
17 17 44 Mike Bliss Toyota Mark   Smith Racing 27/0 197 Running
18 24 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM   Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 26/0 197 Running
19 42 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet Keen   Parts, Inc. 25/0 196 Running
20 18 39 Josh Richards Ford Joy 24/0 196 Running
21 21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Clements   Automotive 23/0 196 Running
22 19 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American   Majority 22/0 195 Running
23 33 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil /   Ryobi 21/0 195 Running
24 16 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva   Auto Group 20/0 195 Running
25 35 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 19/0 193 Running
26 40 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty /   Reynolds Wrap 18/0 193 Running
27 37 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Beaver   Bail Bonds 17/0 192 Running
28 23 117 Tanner Berryhill   Toyota New   Gulf Resources / Excel Therapy Specialists 16/0 192 Running
29 41 124 Jamie Mosley Chevrolet Telmate 0 182 Running
30 15 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar   General 14/0 176 In Pit
31 34 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K   Services 13/0 143 In Pit
32 30 41 Timmy Hill Ford 0 141 In Pit
33 6 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Dollar   General 0 132 Out of   Race
34 27 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 10/0 103 In Pit
35 36 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet A+   Building Services 9/0 48 In Pit
36 39 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Metro   Ministries 8/0 32 In Pit
37 29 174 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Koma   Unwind Chillaxation Drink 0 11 In Pit
38 32 108 Tim Andrews Ford Randy   Hill Racing 6/0 10 In Pit
39 31 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 5/0 6 In Pit
40 38 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 5 In Pit
41 43 15 Blake Koch Chevrolet Rick   Ware Racing 3/0 5 Out of   Race
42 28 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar   Motorsports 2/0 4 In Pit
43 22 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 2 Out of   Race

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