Austin Dillon’s win in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas was not only big for the driver of the no. 3, but it was big for Richard Childress Racing as they scored their first win since 2018 and their first 1-2 finish since 2011.
Dillon scored his third career win with teammate Tyler Reddick in second. Dillon’s win presumptively locked him into the Playoffs and Reddick’s second-place finish was his best career finish in the Cup Series to date.
RCR’s last win was in the 2018 Daytona 500, which Dillon won. However, their last 1-2 finish came in October 2011’s Good Sam 500 at Talladega. Clint Bowyer edged out then-teammate Jeff Burton by 0.018 seconds for his fifth and final win with RCR before he went to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012.
With the win, Dillon is in the Playoffs for the fourth time in seven full-time Cup seasons. Reddick’s second-place finish also moved him up to 18th on the Playoff grid, 14 points behind Jimmie Johnson who currently holds the final Playoff spot.