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 a track record 192 laps in the 200-lap race. He was untouchable throughout
the night, as he crossed the finish line 9.8 seconds ahead of Sprint Cup
Series regular Kurt Busch. Dillon's maiden win in NASCAR's second-tier series
came in his 26th start.
"This is awesome," Dillon said. "I'm really proud to get these guys to victory
lane. This is what we wanted. That was domination, man. The car was great.
It's so much fun to come to the track with a group of racers, and that's what
Dillon drives the No. 3 Chevrolet, a car number made famous by the late-Dale
Earnhardt, who won seven Cup Series championships. Earnhardt drove for Richard
Childress Racing for most of his career before his death in an accident in the
2001 Daytona 500.
After Dillon took the checkered flag, Childress told him over the team radio
that "Dale would be proud tonight."
"I really enjoy driving this No. 3," Dillon said. "My grandfather has allowed
me to do it. I can't thank him enough."
Not since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Daytona two years ago has the No. 3 car
won in Nationwide.
Busch, driving the No. 54 Toyota, owned by his elder brother, Kyle, suffered a
broken cylinder in the closing laps but managed to nurse the car to a second-
"The car was dialed in at the end, but yet, we were still in the wrong zip
code," Busch said. "Austin Dillon was fast tonight. Congratulations to him and
Kevin Harvick, who drives for Childress in Sprint Cup and Nationwide, finished
third, followed by Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier.
Sam Hornish Jr., Brad Keselowski, who won this race one year ago, Ricky
Stenhouse Jr., the defending Nationwide champion, Elliott Sadler and James
Buescher completed the top-10. Buescher won Thursday's Truck Series race at
Danica Patrick finished 12th.
With the win, Dillon moved atop the point standings. He holds a two-point
advantage over his RCR teammate Sadler.
"Everything was great tonight," Childress said. "It was a good run for
everybody, and I couldn't be prouder, especially with my grandson. That's
Stenhouse is now 23 points out of the lead.
06/29 23:48:17 ET
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