Dillon joins the pack of NASCAR young guns on the rise

Friday, 02 Jun, 2017

It was Dillon's first NASCAR Cup victory and returned the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane.

"That [No. 3 car] was the best of all-time, and I'm just glad to add to the legacy of it", Dillon said. Keselowski hit the oil, lost control, and slammed into the back of Elliott's vehicle."I don't know. I don't know why that happened, but it broke, so then the rear-end was moving around and I couldn't drive it". Leading with just over one lap left, the No. 48 vehicle ran out of gas, handing the lead over to Dillon, who had not led a lap since the season-opening Daytona 500. Same thing two years ago.

"It feels so fantastic, being from Welcome, N.C., it means so much to me to win in this number, the Number 3", he said.

Austin Dillon waited a long time to do his first victory burnout, and he wasn't going to be denied - just delayed.

"Today is special", Childress said. That's credit to the team, to take the feel I need and get it right.

Truex took the lead for the final time with 67 laps left, sweeping past Busch to move out front. Like Busch, he simply ran out of time to run Dillon down.

Despite questions from Earnhardt fans about whether or not Richard Childress - Dillon's grandfather - should ever bring the auto back to the track, he was justified on Sunday. Not only did the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing vehicle have to start dead last because it couldn't get through the technical inspection line in time to qualify, but Larson powered his way up to the Top 5 only to wind up nearly exactly where he started. Had Dillon run out of gas in the final two corners, Busch and Truex were poised to pounce.

"That's two of the last three years we got beat on fuel mileage, led the most laps and didn't come away with it", Truex said.

"That stings a little bit, but can't say enough about the guys on the team and everybody in Denver", Truex said.

LARSON'S TOUGH WEEK: Kyle Larson's 10-day stay in Charlotte was filled with disappointment.

Crew members perform a pit stop on driver Martin Truex Jr's vehicle during the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Fernando Alonso were among the top five throughout the race, pacing the field for a combined 78 laps, but Rossi was the only one to finish the race.

Larson said he got loose in Turn 3 to end his race.

"We made a little mistake in that last adjustment, and that cost us".

Kyle Busch won last week's NASCAR All-Star Race and came in second at the Coca-Cola 600.

When asked if he's surprised that Dillon had enough gas to reach the finish line, Busch said, "I'm not surprised by anything". Busch earned 10 race points, with an allotment doled out in descending order behind him.

Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski crashed on lap 20 and were forced out of the race. Keselowski hit the oil, lost control, and slammed into the back of Elliott's auto. He began experiencing handling problems mid-race though and fell back into the field after a first brush with the wall.

Fan favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished his career winless in the Coca-Cola 600, ending up 10th Sunday in his final Cup Series season.