Dillon takes first Cup victory in delayed Charlotte race


Dillon takes first Cup victory in delayed Charlotte race

Dillon won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night when he stayed out instead of pitting and made it to the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch. Busch almost walked away with the Coca-Cola 600 when he moved past teammate Denny Hamlin at the start of the fourth and final stage to take the lead over Martin Truex Jr. It was Dillon's first NASCAR Cup victory and returned the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane.

Austin Dillon, left, celebrates with his crew after winning the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Monday, May 29, 2017.

"We had a shot at it again", Truex Jr. said. "I don't know why that happened, but it broke, so then the rear-end was moving around and I couldn't drive it". But he couldn't navigate his way through traffic fast enough to pressure Jimmie Johnson, who had the top spot until he ran out of fuel, or Dillon before the checkered flag flew. He won the truck race and the All-Star race here last week, then qualified second for the Cup race Sunday night.

"Mile-and-a-half racing is mile-and-a-half racing", Johnson said. "When I really got emotional was when I looked up and saw that 3 on top of the board". "To have my grandson [win] just makes it that more special".

Dillon said capturing his first Cup Series win in the No. 3 vehicle took some pressure off him.

"I'm so proud", Childress said.

Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage declined comment, but previous moves by track officials point to TMS pursuing at least one of those events if the bill gets signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, whose office oversees the fund. I was not even running hard up there.

Childress said he never doubted the decision to bring back the No. 3 and rarely goes anywhere without fans telling him how thankful they are he made the decision. "Hopefully it does", Earnhardt said. "I mean we had one of the fastest cars all night long and then the 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) was probably the fastest vehicle".

Ryan Blaney passed Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps to go to win the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After everyone pitted during the last caution of the race that came when Danica Patrick hit the wall on lap 328, most drivers returned to the pits under green in the final 35 laps. "So that's a little tough to swallow", he said.

Raikkonen rarely says much, yet the quietest man in the series felt the need to speak up after being on the receiving end of what seemed like clear team orders favoring Vettel. Two out of three he we lost on fuel mileage. "One year, I was flying home from the race wearing a NASCAR on FOX jacket".

Larson, the points leader, started in the back because a problem getting through pre-qualifying inspection prevented him from getting on the track for qualifying.

Austin Dillon won his first career race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, making a fuel gamble pay off in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I can't believe it", Dillon said.

Busch is now 0 for 27 in Cup races here.

As Knaus coached him through the final few laps of managing the gap and rolling out of the gas early among other things, Truex did his best to close in. Keselowski couldn't avoid Elliott because of the oil on the track.

Crew members perform a pit stop on driver Martin Truex Jr's vehicle during the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 28, 2017.