Dillon Wins in Xfinity, Sweeps Charlotte

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Austin Dillon celebrates his Xfinity Series victory Friday night with a burnout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race marked his fourth victory of 2014 and the sixth of his career.






By Justin Melillo
Staff Reporter
October 10, 2015
jmelillo@theracingexperts.net


DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.


CONCORD, N.C.—Austin Dillon survived everything that came his way Friday night to win the BCBSNC Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A short list of things survived would include an errant firework during pre-race ceremonies and a run in with the driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota on lap 18.


Photo by Corey Carpenter/TheRacingExperts.com

Austin Dillon during pre-race driver introductions.


Dillon started on pole and led the first five laps of the race before yielding the lead to Kasey Kahne, and later making contact in the left rear with Kyle Busch’s right front tire. The car and tire held, and would never be an issue.


On the second to last restart with 54 to go, Busch had little to no help on the outside line, allowing Erik Jones and Dillon to pass low. Dillon then made the move around Jones and took the lead before Jones could lead a lap.

Kyle Busch had dominated most of the race, leading a race high 102 laps before that same restart shuffled him back to 3rd. A few laps later, he got together with Kahne and brought out the third caution of the night.

On the final restart with 44 laps remaining, Dillon charged ahead and never looked back. The victory was Dillon’s fourth of the year.

“We’ve won most of my races from the pole, and usually lead a lot of laps, but tonight, we started off a little off,” Dillon said post-race. 

“Danny and I—I just kept hounding him that we were really off, off of turn two. We freed the car up and made some really big swings.”

Dillon completed the XFINITY season sweep as he also won at Charlotte earlier in the season.


THROUGH THE FIELD

Chris Buescher finished seventh and maintained a 26 point lead over Chase Elliott, who wound up finishing ninth.

“The good thing is we gained a couple points, so there is that,” Buescher said post-race.

A mistake by the pit crew on the final stop cost him four positions, but he was able to make up the majority of it in the final run. “Everyone is human, but we’ll work on cleaning it up a little bit,” Buescher said.

Regan Smith finished quietly inside the top 5, after running most of the race around 10th. Ty Dillon ended up 6th. Both drivers gained a few points on points leader Buescher.

Daniel Suarez was the highest finishing XFINITY Series driver, coming home fourth.


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