Austin Dillon Claims First NCWTS Victory of the Season in UNOH 175by Camille Jones September 26, 2015 0 comments
LOUDON, NH – Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the 500th race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as pole-sitter Austin Dillon took his No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado to Victory Lane for the first time in 2015.
After a dominating weekend of leading both practice sessions and all three segments of qualifying, Austin Dillon wrapped up the performance by leading 80 of the 175 laps and capturing the victory for his first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“What an amazing weekend,” Dillon said in Victory Lane. “It’s the first win for GMS (Racing). “Our truck really got going at the end of a run. That was impressive.”
Kyle Busch led 67 laps but was left mired back in the pack after having to make a late-race pit stop under caution for a tire rub. He was able to recover to finish 11th.
Erik Jones maintains the points lead over Matt Crafton by 7 points but was unhappy with his 7th place finish in Saturday’s race.
“We missed it by a long ways,” Jones said. “We didn’t get the finish we wanted, and we’ll just have to go back and make our Tundras a little bit better. It’s just we can’t do that this late in the year – we can’t be that far off. We’ll just have to work on it and figure out what was wrong and how to be better here for the next six weeks.”
There were 6 cautions for a combined 32 laps, including one 13-minute red flag to clean up fluid on the track after the first of two spins for Brad Keselowski Racing’s Tyler Reddick.
While Dillon took the victory, Crafton finished second, Johnny Sauter third, Timothy Peters fourth and last weekend’s winner, John Hunter Nemechek finished fifth.
“The 33 (Austin Dillon) was definitely a little better,” Crafton said. “We missed it a little today. We fought tight, tight and just kept freeing it up and I was just a little too free on the short run right there. I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I was missing my restarts so bad. My teammate Johnny (Sauter) helped me on those last couple restarts and gave me a good shove and got me down in there. I just missed it and we’ll get them next week.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hits the track again on Saturday, October 3, for the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Coverage for the race begins at 10p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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