Austin Dillon flat-out dominated the Feed The Children 300 from Kentuck Motor Speedway to get his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win. Dillon led 192 of the 200 laps, setting a track record for most laps led by a driver in the Nationwide Series. Justin Allgaier led the second most laps with just four.
Kurt Busch finished second to Dillon, a distant 9.8 seconds back. Only eight cars finished on the lead lap. Only 10 cars finished within 2 laps of Dillon.
Dillon won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship last season, and with his win tonight he now leads the Nationwide Series points standings by just two points over his teammate, Elliott Sadler who finished ninth. Dillon also leads the Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year standings.
Early in the race it seemed that the only car that could keep up with Dillon was that of defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The top eight cars took two tires during the first caution, but Stenhouse took four. Stenhouse went from ninth to second over the course of the next 50 laps, and got to within two seconds of Dillon before the next pit stop. Stenhouse slid the tires entering his pit stall and slide too close to the wall for his crew to operate comfortably. The lack of room caused the stop to be slow, and forced the jackman to have to jump over the tire changer. The jackman fell awkwardly and had difficulty completing the pit stop. He was eventually taken to the infield care center to be examined. Stenhouse also had to back the car up before exiting his pit box. When pit stops cycled through he was almost a full lap behind Dillon and out of contention.
The race featured two cautions for a total of 12 laps. Tonight's race set a record for most consecutive green flag laps in a race by any series. The previous record was 107 laps.
Sam Hornish Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Top 5 in Points:
Elliott Sadler -2
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -23
Sam Hornish Jr. -33
Justin Allgaier -73