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North Carolina’s Austin Dillon Wins Hisense 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

North Carolina’s Austin Dillon Wins Hisense 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

by May 23, 2015 0 comments

CONCORD, N.C. – After starting from the pole and leading 163 laps, Austin Dillon captured the victory in the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

The win is Dillon’s second of the 2015 season. He won back in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In all four of Dillon’s career victories in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, he has started from the pole. On top of the two wins he has amassed this season, Dillon has also posted seven top-10 finishes.

“I know in the Cup Series there are only two of us (North Carolina natives), myself and Jr. (Dale Earnhardt). I got my brother (Ty Dillon) coming up in the XFINITY (Series), so it’s huge for us North Carolina boys to take home our trophy in our state. It’s very special on Memorial Day weekend also, so I’m very pleased – a lot of friends and family here. It’s a special moment for sure.”

Dillon had been dominate all day long, leading on four different occasions, but it was the last lead change of the race that had the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet team on edge.

The third and final caution of the afternoon came out on lap 160 when Kyle Fowler blew a right front tire heading into Turn 1. After the restart, Denny Hamlin got around Dillon for the race lead, ending a 44-lap stretch of Dillon leading. Dillon was able to run Hamlin back down and make an edgy three wide move up the middle between Hamlin and the lapped car of Peyton Sellers along the frontstretch to take the lead back.

Austin Dillon held on for 15 more laps and claimed his first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin held on for second, and Kasey Kahne finished third. Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Jr. rounded out the top-five.

“I’m happy with a second-place finish considering what I thought we had for a car all day,” Hamlin said. “I thought we were probably a fifth to sixth-place car at best, but we just – we were able to get a good restart and try to hold those guys off, but he just had a little bit too much speed for me.”

Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon will compete in the first round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash at Dover International Speedway. Whoever finishes the highest out of the four drivers will have a chance to win a $100,000 bonus.

“I haven’t got the finishes I wanted, but I’m excited to be in the XFINITY Series and part of the Dash 4 Cash Series, so I’m glad to be one of the four,” Wallace Jr. said. “We just have to keep playing it smart and put ourselves in that position next week to come out on top.”

Chris Buescher continues to lead the NASCAR XFINITY Series point standings by four over Ty Dillon. Chase Elliott is in third, trailing by 28 points. Darrell Wallace is fourth, 30 points back, and Regan Smith cracks the top-five, 41 points back.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will compete at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 30 for the Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket. The event will be broadcast live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Hisense 300 Results:
1.) #33 Austin Dillon
2.) #54 Denny Hamlin
3.) #5 Kasey Kahne
4.) #7 Regan Smith
5.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
6.) #18 Daniel Suarez
7.) #3 Ty Dillon
8.) #9 Chase Elliott
9.) #1 Elliott Sadler
10.) #22 Ryan Blaney
11.) #60 Chris Buescher
12.) #16 Ryan Reed
13.) #51 Jeremy Clements
14.) #88 Kevin Harvick
15.) #20 Erik Jones
16.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong
17.) #01 Landon Cassill
18.) #62 Brendan Gaughan
19.) #98 Aric Almirola
20.) #2 Brian Scott
21.) #28 JJ Yeley
22.) #44 David Starr
23.) #8 Blake Koch
24.) #39 Ryan Sieg
25.) #84 Chad Boat
26.) #90 Jimmy Weller
27.) #26 Kyle Fowler
28.) #97 Peyton Sellers
29.) John Wes Townley
30.) #24 Eric McClure
31.) #4 Ross Chastain
32.) #52 Joey Gase
33.) #42 Kyle Larson
34.) #14 Cale Conley
35.) #0 Harrison Rhodes
36.) #13 Carl Long
37.) #15 BJ McLeod
38.) #55 Jamie Dick
39.) #40 Timmy Hill
40.) #19 Jeff Green

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:
1.) #60 Chris Buescher
2.) #3 Ty Dillon -4
3.) #9 Chase Elliott -28
4.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -30
5.) #7 Regan Smith -41
6.) #1 Elliott Sadler -49
7.) #2 Brian Scott -51
8.) #16 Ryan Reed -81
9.) #18 Daniel Suarez -81
10.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -92

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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