Home / Featured / MENCS: Dillon notches first career win at CMS

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.

Check Also

NFHS’s MyReasonWhy campaign, which is designed to showcase value that high school sports,activities offer to students

(NFHS)  The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is beginning the second year …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *