NASCAR Charlotte 2017 results: Austin Dillon wins Coca-Cola 600

Dillon celebrated by diving head first into the infield grass.

Martin Truex Jr. (78) leads cars through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 28, 2017.

"If I'm able to collect all those playoff points [it's good for me], but if I'm not and somebody else that already has them is, then no", said Busch, who will start on the front row Sunday. It was the first victory for the No. 3 vehicle since October 2000 when Earnhardt won at Talladega.

"Can you believe it?"

"I was trying to be patient", Dillon said.

The circuit hosted the first four-part event in the Cup series, with Dillon emerging victorious after a late pass on Jimmie Johnson - who ran out of fuel.

Regardless of how it was accomplished, getting the No. 3 back in Victory Lane was a special moment for Richard Childress Racing. "Where typically there's the least grip, tonight it was the best grip", Truex said, adding that the lower groove Sunday felt bumpy and slippery. We're in the Chase. Truex won the second stage shortly after a restart following a 100-minute rain delay.

"It hasn't sunk in yet", Dillon said in Victory Lane.

Truex made up most of a deficit of about 10 seconds, but it used up his Toyota to an extent he couldn't get to Dillon to take back the lead. Truex had taken the lead through a cycle of green-flag pit stops that began on lap 63. "So that's a little tough to swallow", he said. Cambridge's Matt Kenseth collected his first Cup victory at CMS in the 2000 race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned to social media following last weekend's Monster Energy All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to apologize for his 18-place effort.

Takuma Sato basically washed out from Formula 1 racing 10 years ago after 92 races and one podium finish.

Johnson limped home to finish in 17th. "When I got the news about saving fuel, I did all I could from that point and just came up a little bit short".

Harvick may have had to work harder than the rest of the field for his seventh straight top 10 here. But Harvick, who won here in 2011 and 2013, held strong to end in eighth. Larson got as high as third during the race before scraping the wall with 153 laps left and needing three trips to the pits to correct the problems, falling to 23rd. Larson had not finished worse than 17th this season. He would want this win.

Dillon drives the legendary No. 3 auto, and on Sunday night, his paint scheme was reminiscent of the late, great Kannapolis native Dale Earnhardt's old ride.

WHO'S NOT: Chase Elliott was hoping to finally land his first victory on the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

EARLY DAMAGE: Brad Keselowski plowed Chase Elliott from behind on Lap 19 when Elliott's No. 24 Chevrolet ran over a part from a damaged vehicle and slowed drastically on the front stretch.

Johnson started the race 14th. Keselowski was unable to slow because of an oil trail and the impact from Keselowski's No. 2 Ford lifted Elliott's rear wheels off the track.

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  • Julie Sanders