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

May 31, 2017, 00:10
Austin Dillon Earns 1st-Ever Cup Win at NASCAR at Charlotte 2017

Keselowski smashed into the back of Elliott and ultimately sent both cars to the garage and drivers to the infield care center.

Dillon, a NASCAR veteran at 27, pulled off a stunning upset at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, staying out of the pit on the final laps to make up ground and capture the Coca Cola 600 with established winners Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. charging hard.

Dillon closed racings biggest day with the surprise victory, following Sebastian Vettels win in Formula Ones Monaco Grand Prix and Takura Satos victory in the Indy 500.

Castroneves caught a second break shortly after the restart.

Dixon said he couldn't have avoided Howard's vehicle.

"I thought it was over at that point", Truex told his crew over the radio. But Harvick, who won here in 2011 and 2013, held strong to end in eighth.

Busch won the first 100-lap stages, while Truex and Harvick ran second and third, respectively. With two laps to go, Johnson sputtered and settled into 17th place as Dillon - who also steered clear of a pit stop down the stretch - coasted the final two laps and become the seventh first-time Cup Series victor in Coca-Cola 600 history. This Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota did a heck of a job today. "I don't know why that happened, but it broke, so then the rear-end was moving around and I couldn't drive it". The reigning NBA Coach of the Year is still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak stemming from back surgery complications almost two years ago. "We had a really fast Miller Lite Ford and I think we had a shot at winning tonight, but that's how it goes".

"Couple more would've been nice", Truex said with a laugh.

"You don't ever know where they're gonna be", Truex said.

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"Brad couldn't get stopped and ended up kind of finishing us off, but it was a bummer".

The 20-year-old Jones also secured major highlights.

Johnson is now eighth in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series standings.

Also, Goodyear will once again have "Support Our Troops" painted on the sidewalls of its tires for this race.

Harvick, who started on the pole, overcame wheel problems to finish in the top 10 for a seventh straight time in the Coca-Cola 600. The team started fifth but suffered bad luck early when debris from a competitor's vehicle damaged the nose of the Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry. 295-296; D. Hamlin 297-306; Kyle Busch 307-329; M. Truex Jr. Slugger Labbe was replaced atop the 3 pitbox the previous week. The solid effort earned the team 13 additional championship points. The entire time, the questions lingered of what Dillon was to do. He later went on to place second in Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300, his third top-five finish in the Xfinity Series this year. With Busch and Truex in hot pursuit, Dillon had just enough fuel to get to the finish line. "He comes over with these printouts and says, 'This is what I'm doing with the gas and this is what you're doing and this is where the time is getting loose and maybe try this and that and the other'". "But there are so many things you have to do right to win these races". It is meant to be a test of mental skill, along with who has the fastest vehicle.

Motorsports fans know that it's not always speed that wins.

Austin Dillon (3) passes Jimmie Johnson (48) en route to winning the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Monday, May 29, 2017.

Busch retook the lead from Truex inside the final 10 laps of the opening stage.

The next race is Sunday, June 4 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

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