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MENCS: Dillon notches first career win at CMS

(MRN)  Jimmie Johnson’s fuel tank went dry on the next-to-last lap Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway and as a result, Austin Dillon went to Victory Lane. The Richard Childress Racing driver was seemingly destined to finish second as Johnson was motoring toward what would have been his eighty-third career victory. But when the seven-time champion slowed on Lap-399, it was Dillon who capitalized to claim his first win in the Monster Energy Series. The margin of victory for Dillon’s Number-3 Chevrolet was eighty-three one-hundredths of a second as he led a parade of four Toyotas behind him. Kyle Busch, winner of last weekend’s All-Star Race, finished second with Martin Truex Junior third after leading a race-high 233 laps. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin completed the top five. Erik Jones was the highest-finishing rookie, in seventh place. Pole winner Kevin Harvick led forty-five laps en route to his eighth-place finish.

Johnson faded to seventeenth, the last driver on the lead lap with Dillon at the end of the night. He had taken his final lead less than thirty-five laps from the finish and kept the Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in front for a stretch of thirty laps before yielding to Dillon less than three miles from the end of the six hundred-mile grind.

Sunday’s race included twenty-three lead changes among ten drivers.

There were nine cautions for fifty-three laps.

The race was red-flagged by rain near the mid-point of the second stage with Truex in the lead. Action resumed after a delay of one hour and forty minutes.

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Top 10 Finishers in the Coca-Cola 600

DRIVER STARTING POSITION LAPS LED

1. Austin Dillon (22) 2

2. Kyle Busch (2) 63

3. Martin Truex Jr. (8) 233

4. Matt Kenseth (4) —

5. Denny Hamlin (6) 10

6. Kurt Busch (12) 1

7. Erik Jones (R) (5) —

8. Kevin Harvick (Pole) 45

9. Ryan Newman (17) —

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19) —

Driver standings after 12 races

DRIVER POINTS BEHIND LEADER

1. Martin Truex Jr. (2) 491 —-

2. Kyle Larson (1) 486 -5

3. Brad Keselowski (2) 409 -82

4. Kevin Harvick 388 -103

5. Kyle Busch 386 -105

6. Jamie McMurray 385 -106

7. Chase Elliott 362 -129

8. Jimmie Johnson (2) 359 -132

9. Clint Bowyer 343 -148

10. Joey Logano (1) 336 -155

11. Denny Hamlin 332 -159

12. Ryan Blaney 308 -183

13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1) 298 -193

14. Kurt Busch (1) 290 -201

15. Matt Kenseth 288 -203

16. Trevor Bayne 271 -220

17. Ryan Newman (1) 266 -225

18. Erik Jones (R) 256 -235

19. Daniel Suarez (R) 246 -245

20.Kasey Kahne 244 -247

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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