Austin Dillon Earns 1st-Ever Cup Win at NASCAR at Charlotte 2017

Hazel Gray
June 5, 2017

"It hasn't sunk in yet".

"I'm so proud", Childress said. Instead, they use a fuel nozzle very similar to what you and I use to fill our street cars at the local Sunoco. It was his first victory on the circuit since the 2015 season at Kentucky, a span of 14 races without a win.

"He was the best of all time", Dillon said of Earnhardt. "We're in the chase, baby".

The race included an interruption of 1 hour, 40 minutes because of rain and lightning.

NASCAR then announced that next year's October race, the Bank of America 500, will incorporate the infield's road course (which they have dubbed the "Roval") to produce another unique type of racing. However, it took him less than 45 laps to crack the top five, finishing fourth in the opening stage of the race. "Everybody on this Bass Pro Toyota did a heck of a job today". Here at Charlotte, on Memorial Day - a special day for this country - to be able to enjoy what we do, I am just honored. "You wouldn't believe how much time you lose just trying to pass those guys". And tonight we got it. "It is what it is". When Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas in the final few laps, the opportunity opened up for the underdog.

"I didn't know we were thinking fuel", Johnson said of his team's strategy. "Then when I got the news about saving fuel, I did all that I could from that point and just came up a little bit short". "A strong performance for the vehicle. had a couple of weird things going on on some restarts where I lost some track position". Cambridge's Matt Kenseth collected his first Cup victory at CMS in the 2000 race. After winning the playoff race at the speedway last fall, Johnson and Knaus brought another fast Chevrolet that led 35 laps.

As the race neared its end, traffic started to get congested in the area.

Larson, the series points leader coming in, was expected to vie for his first Coca-Cola 600.

Bad weather caused the lengthy stoppage on lap 143. Truex had led a race-high 53 laps before the red flag came out.

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Kyle Busch has yet to get a win at Charlotte in his career, but that is pretty surprising considering how well he has driven there.

Going into Turn 3 on the final restart, Blaney took the lead and put the field in his rear view mirror.

Busch retook the lead from Truex inside the final 10 laps of the opening stage. Hamlin had a fast pit stop on Lap 296, getting out ahead of Truex and Johnson to take the lead for the first time. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick led the most laps (42), but Busch passed him late in the first stage for the playoff points.

But fuel-mileage, that's another thing.

"It was breathtaking because it was so edgy to drive", Harvick said.

The yellow flag waved for the first time when something flew out from under Jeffrey Earnhardt's vehicle and hit the front of Chase Elliott's auto. Instead, his chances ended less than 25 laps into the race when he ran over pieces of Jeffrey Earnhardt's crumbling vehicle and could not gain traction as Brad Keselowski slammed into the rear of the No. 24 Chevrolet.

"I saw parts and pieces flying", Elliott said. "I told them we had, and they were so touched to know we were continuing it". “For whatever reason its really been tough for me. "I thought I'd saved enough early where I could attack at the end, but I tried to wait as long as possible".

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was the official starter of the longest race of the season; the Coca-Cola 600. "Best vehicle I've ever had at Charlotte and you know, for as far as Truex got out there towards the end, that last stint, I was surprised I could close back in on him and get him there at the end in order to finish second".

But the first victory for Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Cup Series was more than just about it being No. 1.

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