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

Austin Dillon passed an out-of-gas Jimmie Johnson two laps from the end in the Coca-Cola 600 for his first NASCAR Cup victory, returning the iconic No. 3 vehicle to Victory Lane late Sunday night.

Earnhardts best chance to win here came in 2011 when he ran out of gas on turn four of the final lap while leading the race.

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

The uncertain finish had fans on the edge of their seats and did much to prove that the sport's longest race, which is often criticized as one of its dullest, can provide one of the best endings of the year.

"If they think it was a fuel mileage race, they can kiss my ring", Dillon said with a smile and a mic drop.

But fuel-mileage, that's another thing.

Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr completed the top 10.

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota (Third-Place Finisher): "I guess it depends how you look at it". "He's put a lot into me".

Regardless of whether Earnhardt gets his first Cup Series win of the season on Sunday, he said it won't tarnish the fond memories he has at Charlotte. Jeffrey Earnhardt's No. 33 Chevrolet appeared to slough the part that Elliott ran over, sending flames shooting from Elliott's left front wheel well.

Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott brought out the first of 10 caution flags just 19 laps into the race after debris from a lapped auto initiated contact.

"We've had three or four little bump-ups and cost us some points, and Sunday is a good night to gain some of those back". Either how to set the auto up or what I'm looking for or what I need to be doing with the vehicle driving it.

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.

Busch is off to a somewhat slow start this year, but he has finished in the top 5 in his last two races.

"It doesn't matter where you start, it is where you finish with this long grueling race", Busch said.

"I just don't know what the answer is for this place", Earnhardt Jr. said (via FOX Sports). It was his first victory on the circuit since the 2015 season at Kentucky, a span of 14 races without a win. And when he ran out, I figured I'd go back in and save where I was lifting, and it worked out. Congratulations to Austin (Dillon) on his first win.

Busch took the race lead from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin, and Truex moved into second on the restart at the beginning of the fourth and final 100-lap stage. The chain reaction occurred after metal debris from Jeffrey Earnhardt's auto flew into Elliott's vehicle causing his vehicle to catch fire. That's not a bad idea since Johnson, a seven-time Cup champion, has won more Cup Series races at CMS than any driver. But it's been a long, long time since I won at Charlotte, which was never in a Cup auto, so finally we got that out of the way, and now we look forward to hopefully being able to make it back to back.

  • Julie Sanders