Austin Dillon qualified on pole and won the race at Kentucky Speedway in June. He did the exact same today. Dillon led 65 laps out of 200.
Dillon got the lead during an exchange of green-flag pit stops. His teammate Elliott Sadler had the lead before him, but had a long pit stop because of a problem with his power steering. Dillon never looked back after that.
Though Dillon started on pole, it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who led most of the early laps. Stenhouse led the first 32 laps until he had a problem on pit road during the competition caution. Stenhouse was pulling out of his pit box when he made contact with Eric McClure as McClure was entering his pit box. The team pit multiple times after that to fix the damage from that incident.
The incident put Stenhouse back in the pack where he had even more issues a few laps later. He got loose exiting turn four and made contact with the wall. Stenhouse had to pit under green to fix the damage. The team lost three laps in the process. Stenhouse was able to rally back to a 17th place finish.
Stenhouse’s issues handed the lead over to the man he’s battling for the championship, Sadler.
Sadler looked like he had the best car once Stenhouse was out of the way. Dillon put up a fight every-once-in-a-while, but Sadler was able to hold him off.
But then the power-steering started to fade for Sadler. Sadler pitted under green and lost the lead to Dillon who pit at the same time but had a faster pit stop than Sadler. He was able to stay close to Dillon until the caution came out. Sadler’s crew chief, Luke Lambert called for Sadler to pit. He was the only driver in the top 10 to do so.
Sadler was able to battle back to fifth.
Sam Hornish Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -4
Austin Dillon -19
Sam Hornish Jr. -46