Austin Dillon Wins In Charlotte, Earns Fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series Victory Of The Seasonby Camille Jones October 9, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas
CONCORD, N.C. – Pole-sitter, Austin Dillon won Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Drive For the Cure 300, completing the season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“This one meant a lot,” said Dillon. “We won most of my races from the pole and usually lead a lot of laps. Tonight we started off a little off.
“I just kept mouthing about how we were really off, off turn two. We started freeing the car up and he (Crew Chief, Danny Stockman Jr.) made some really big swings. The second run was closer and the third run I figured we were as good as the two out front. We just needed to get the track position back that we lost on that first run. When the caution came out, I felt like our car was very capable of winning the race.”
After a turn of events, Dillon was able to regain the lead after a dominate run by Kyle Busch, leading 102 of the 200 laps, came to an end as he and Kasey Kahne, who led 34 laps, went into the wall to bring out the caution on lap 152. Busch was unable to return to the race, while Kahne finished 12th.
“I don’t know why he started beating on me,” Kahne said, “He was frustrated, his teammate used him up a little bit and it got away from him off Turn 2.”
Kahne also said he doubts this incident will carry over into tomorrow’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Finishing in the runner up position was Joe Gibbs Racing’s, Erik Jones. Jones earned his first career top-10 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night. This is his 14th top-10 finish of the season.
“I thought we had it on that one, but he (Austin Dillon) just got a really good run down the backstretch,” Jones said. “I tried to get him back down the front stretch and just couldn’t quite clear him into one and unfortunately that was kind of the rest of the race for us after that.”
The race was still a success for the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 GameStop/Skylanders Superchargers Toyota. Jones said, “Overall, good day for us. We ran out front and second place is never fun, but it’s nice to know we were as fast as we were and it’s nice to get this GameStop Camry up front. I just love it, thanks to Xfinity for sponsoring the series and NASCAR and all the fans. Excited for my next one over in Texas.”
As Dillon took the win and Jones was runner up, Brad Keselowski finished in third, followed by Daniel Suarez in fourth and Regan Smith rounded out the top-five.
Chris Buescher maintains the point lead after a seventh place finish on Friday night. He is 26 points ahead of Chase Elliott in second.
“I’m gonna try to work on a couple things, but it wasn’t a bad day for us at all,” Buescher said. “We’re right there with them. We’re following them around the track. If we would have had a couple more laps, we could have gotten them back there, but that was the end of the race and it was a lot of fun.”
The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to competition next weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, October 17. Coverage for the event will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 4 p.m. ET.