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Dillon wins first Nationwide race, takes points lead

Sparta, KY (Sports Network) - Rookie Austin Dillon became a first-time race winner in the Nationwide Series with a dominating performance in Friday night's Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Dillon, the 2011 Camping World Truck Series champion and the 22-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress, started on the pole and led all but eight of the 200 laps. He crossed the finish line 9.8 seconds ahead of Sprint Cup Series regular Kurt Busch, who suffered a broken cylinder in the closing laps.

Dillon's maiden win in NASCAR's second-tier series came in his 26th start.

Kevin Harvick finished third, while Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top-five.

With the win, Dillon moved atop the point standings. He holds a two-point advantage over his Richard Childress Racing teammate Elliott Sadler, who finished one lap behind in ninth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending Nationwide champion, placed eighth and is now 23 markers out of the lead.

06/29 22:17:49 ET


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