Dillon scores second career NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Kentucky

[media-credit name=”Adam Lovelace” align=”alignright” width=”216″][/media-credit]Austin Dillon, driver of the No.3 Advocare Chevrolet, started from the pole for the second time this year at Kentucky Speedway in the Kentucky 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, with a speed of 177.264 mph and scored his second career win at Kentucky. “We have a hot rod. This car runs good here. I’ve figured something out with the line. I’m just very confident at this track”, said Dillon after his pole winning run.

Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started second in the No.6 EcoBoost Ford. Sam Hornish Jr., driving the No.12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge for Roger Penske, started third.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the lead on the opening lap from Dillon and would lead early. NASCAR announced before the race that there would be a competition caution on lap 30 after heavy rains washed the rubber off the track over night. When the caution waved on lap 30, Stenhouse lead the field buy 1.593 seconds. During the pit stops for the caution, Stenhouse Jr. made contact with Eric McClure in the No.14 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota, causing damage to Stenhouse Jr’s right front. Stenhouse would have to come in the pits to repair the damage and restarted in 28th spot. Stenhouse would later have to pit again for a flat tire, ultimately losing 3 laps to the leaders and finishing in 17th.


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Elliot Sadler, driving the No.2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing  passed Stenhouse for the points lead after Stenhouse Jr’s problems on the track. Sadler, who would experience steering problems during the race, ran in the top 5 most of the day and would go on to finish in fifth. Sadler now leads Stenhouse by four points followed by Dillon in third, 19 back from Sadler.

Drew Herring, making his first Nationwide Series start of the year and driving the No.18 SportClips Toyota for Joe Gibbs racing ran with the leaders most of the day and recovered from a spin to score the first top 5 finish of his career.

Sam Hornish, Jr. ran strong all day and finished in 2nd, followed by Brendan Gaughan in third. The rest of the top 10 were Cole Whitt in 6th, Michael Annett 7th, Justin Allgaier 8th, Ryan Blaney 9th, and Brad Sweet in 10th.

Johanna Long, driving the ML Motorsports No.70 Keen Parts Chevrolet had a good run and finished in 12th place. Danica Patrick, with new crew chief Ryan Pemberton, finished in 14th. Kurt Busch, driving his brother’s Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, started last on the field after missing qualifying due to the Sprint Cup Series racing in New Hampshire. He ran up towards the front of the field before burning up a rear gear and would finish the race in 28th position.

The race had six cautions for 26 laps, with eleven lead changes among seven different drivers. Austin Dillon’s margin of victory was 1.059 seconds and he lead 65 of the races 200 laps.

Unofficial Race Results
Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=27
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 1 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet 47
2 3 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 43
3 6 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 0
4 4 18 Drew Herring Toyota 41
5 8 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 41
6 15 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 38
7 5 43 Michael Annett Ford 38
8 10 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 36
9 20 22 Ryan Blaney Dodge 35
10 13 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet 34
11 7 11 Brian Scott Toyota 33
12 12 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet 32
13 19 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 0
14 11 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30
15 18 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 29
16 23 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota 28
17 2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28
18 17 44 Mike Bliss Toyota 26
19 16 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 25
20 22 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 24
21 27 39 Josh Richards Ford 23
22 24 14 Eric McClure Toyota 22
23 33 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 21
24 30 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 20
25 9 199 Alex Bowman Toyota 19
26 21 8 Scott Lagasse Jr. Chevrolet 18
27 32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 17
28 42 54 Kurt Busch Toyota 0
29 40 41 Timmy Hill Ford 15
30 25 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet 14
31 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 13
32 29 124 Benny Gordon * Toyota 12
33 36 50 David Starr Chevrolet 0
34 34 86 Kevin Lepage Ford 11
35 37 52 Joey Gase * Chevrolet 9
36 43 108 Mike Harmon Ford 8
37 41 15 Carl Long Chevrolet 7
38 38 100 Tanner Berryhill Toyota 6
39 26 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 5
40 39 171 Matthew Carter Chevrolet 4
41 31 47 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 3
42 35 42 Matt Frahm Chevrolet 2
43 28 10 Charles Lewandoski Toyota 1

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