Dillon takes first Cup victory in delayed Charlotte race
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 17:09
"It hasn't sunk in yet. So I'm really proud of them".
"I guess it depends how you look at it". Praise the Lord and all these guys who work so hard; and my pit crew is the best on pit road.
"That's when it hit me", he said. We're in the Chase.
Dillon's opportunity might have never happened had it not been for a bit of chance. It was roughly 10 minutes after Austin Dillon scored the first victory of his career in NASCAR's premier series by stretching his final tank of fuel for 70 laps. Larson had only one finish outside of the top 25 this season until Sunday when he finished 33rd. 1 time for 2 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 2 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 2 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 1 lap.
Busch appeared inconsolable post-race and was abrupt in his comment when asked if he was surprised by Dillon's successful fuel gamble.
"I can't thank my grandfather enough", Dillon said.
Dillon is one of the best drivers in the series, something his fellow competitors know, especially those of his generation who raced against him coming up. There's obvious history there with seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt guiding the No. 3 to its last victory in Talladega in 2000 before his tragic death at Daytona the following season.
"That was a hell of a call, Justin", Childress said, smiling.
"Having my grandson just made it that much more special". A year ago, the Furniture Row Racing driver lead a NASCAR-record 392 laps of a possible 400.
Johnson, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman were among the front-runners to try the same strategy and while they faded, Dillon was able to stay ahead to take his first Cup win. This is the third consecutive Coke 600 in which Truex has led the most laps, joining only Darrell Waltrip to have that feat. "But if we had a couple more, Kyle would've beat us". Keselowski hit the oil, lost control, and slammed into the back of Elliott's vehicle."I don't know". Just too loose in general. "I think if we weren't so loose we could've caught the 3 on the last lap".
"We got good fuel mileage all day, and it didn't really make much sense to do anything but that, really", Alexander, said.
Sunday was no different. But when the clock struck midnight, the No. 78 turned into a pumpkin again.
By the end, Johnson said he didn't even know where he finished. They didn't want the grandson of Richard Childress or anyone else driving with the sacred number on the vehicle. Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don't.
Truex can take solace in the fact that he moved up to No. 1 in the points standings, but notching another five playoff points along with his stage win and a second straight Coca-Cola 600 would have firmly separated Truex from the field.
NASCAR is trying to inject some excitement into Charlotte Motor Speedway, where recent races have been relatively predictable, even tiresome: When a lead vehicle breaks free from the pack, it's been almost impossible to catch. Brad Keselowski then slid in fluid on the race track and hit Elliott's slowed vehicle.
"There was just oil everywhere", Keselowski said. Both drivers walked away under their own power, although Dixon was later seen wearing a walking boot on his left leg. But who cares how far you can go after the race as long as you've won the race? "I can't believe it", Dillon said. "I don't want to do this thing without a win and bringing it back".
"You couldn't stop and turn".