Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Fuel-Thrifty Austin Dillon Wins The 600

Kristopher Love | 03 June, 2017, 01:43

"Where typically there's the least grip, tonight it was the best grip", Truex said, adding that the lower groove Sunday felt bumpy and slippery. "I don't know why that happened, but it broke, so then the rear-end was moving around and I couldn't drive it".

The Furniture Row Racing driver was out front for 233 laps to be exact, the third straight 600 he's led the most laps tying Darrell Waltrip for the record.

Kelley Grayson, of Charlotte, has been coming to the races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the past few years.

It had to be someone special.

"I'm not surprised about anything", Busch said. Cambridge's Matt Kenseth collected his first Cup victory at CMS in the 2000 race.

"Running this race during the day is probably the best decision", Earnhardt said. "I hated to see him run out of gas". But he couldn't navigate his way through traffic fast enough to pressure Jimmie Johnson, who had the top spot until he ran out of fuel, or Dillon before the checkered flag flew. "I don't want to do this thing without a win and bringing it back". The team then chose to take the new slicks that had just been put on off the vehicle and replaced them with treaded rain tires.

"Nothing will ever replace Dale Earnhardt, but we wanted to carry it over for the fans", Childress said.

Momentum seemed to be on Busch's side in the early going, as he collected 10 points toward his race total and one playoff point when he passed Truex Jr. with 10 laps remaining to win Stage 1.

Truex has led 63 percent (756 of 1,200) of the laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway the last three years, but has lost twice on fuel mileage. "So that's a little tough to swallow".

The first win of Dillon's career also marked another major moment for his grandfather and team owner, Richard Childress. He won only previous year, losing in 2015 on fuel mileage also.

The Fords of Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick finished in the top 10. "So we were about halfway down the hill walking back [to the camper] and it pours and we got soaked".

Larson was forced to start 39th out of 40 after not being able to clear inspection in time to make a qualifying attempt on Thursday, but immediately blasted through the field to become a contender.

First stage: Kyle Busch won the first of four stages, leading 35 of 100 laps.

The drivers were able to complete the first segment, won by Kyle Busch, the All-Star race victor a week ago here. Any question about Dillon's thoughts on the win were answered with his left fist raised. Busch earned 10 race points, with an allotment doled out in descending order behind him.

A crash 20 laps into the 400-lapper claimed the cars of Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski. Jeffrey Earnhardt's No. 33 Chevrolet appeared to slough the part that Elliott ran over, sending flames shooting from Elliott's left front wheel well.

Click on video window below about the No. 3 vehicle back in Victory Lane.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hoping for his first Cup Series win at Charlotte - a place that had holds fond memories for him - but was not a major factor.

Jake Marisnick hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning for Houston's fourth homer of the game, lifting the Astros to a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday night.