Austin Dillon grew to become the second shock winner within the NASCAR Cup Collection in solely two weekends, benefiting from an ideal technique name on a sizzling summer time day at Texas Motor Speedway.
In a race the place monitor place and clear air had been key and recent tires didn’t have a big impact, RCR took a raffle with lower than 30 laps to go, when each of the workforce’s vehicles got here to the pits for the ultimate time after a warning that fell proper in the midst of a spherical of pitstops. Everybody that hadn’t already been on pit street took the chance to take action, and whereas nearly each different automotive took 4 tires, Austin Dillon’s pit crew solely modified two, which allowed him to realize a number of positions. Nonetheless, Dillon would line up second for the restart, since his teammate Tyler Reddick was the one driver who didn’t change any tires.
The 2018 Daytona 500 winner made essentially the most out of the restart with 22 laps to go, overtaking Reddick to take the lead. With older tires than everybody behind them, the 2 teammates needed to survive two extra nerve-wrecking restarts, however managed to hold on to say a stunning 1-2 end for Richard Childress Racing.
By taking the well-known #three automotive to victory lane, Austin Dillon claimed solely his third profession Cup Collection win and the primary in additional than two years. He additionally clinched a spot within the playoffs, changing into the second driver to take action whereas being exterior out of the highest 16 in factors, after Cole Custer’s stunning win at Kentucky final Sunday.
That is additionally the workforce’s first win for the reason that 2018 Daytona 500 and the primary 1-2 end since 2011 at Talladega. The previous few years have been very troublesome for RCR, one of the profitable groups in NASCAR historical past, with each of its vehicles failing to succeed in the playoffs in 2019. However, yesterday’s fairytale end result proves that the group led by Richard Childress is on the appropriate path.
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Reddick’s second place was additionally crucial for his playoff hopes, with the 2018 and 2019 Xfinity Collection champion now solely 14 factors beneath the cutline. Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, who spent the final 20 laps battling for third place, completed behind each RCR drivers, with factors chief Kevin Harvick finishing the highest 5. Erik Jones got here dwelling sixth, in entrance of Ryan Blaney, who gained stage one and stage two and led 150 laps. The Penske driver clearly had the quickest automotive, however was one of many unfortunate drivers damage by the warning that fully modified the result of the race.
Similar to Denny Hamlin, who had truly come out of the pits in entrance of the #12 Ford by solely altering two tires, Blaney had already made his closing cease earlier than Quin Houff’s crash, and was due to this fact a lap down when the warning flew, whereas many drivers hadn’t stopped and acquired the possibility to take action underneath warning. Blaney needed to restart as one of many final vehicles on the lead lap and wasn’t in a position to make a lot floor, ending in seventh place, forward of Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski.
Regardless of main 35 laps, polesitter Aric Almirola needed to accept tenth on the finish of the race. The Stewart-Haas driver suffered from brake points all afternoon and was penalized early on resulting from a mix line violation. He had made his method to the entrance once more within the closing stage, however was one of many drivers that had already pitted over the last spherical of stops earlier than the warning.
Yesterday’ race at Texas Motor Speedway had ten cautions and was red-flagged throughout the third phase resulting from a crash that broken a number of vehicles, together with these of Martin Truex Jr, Cole Custer, Ryan Preece and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The Busch brothers and Aric Almirola had been additionally concerned, however didn’t endure vital injury.
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- Austin Dillon (RCR/Chevrolet)
- Tyler Reddick (RCR/Chevrolet)
- Joey Logano (Penske/Ford)
- Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs/Toyota)
- Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas/Ford)
- Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs/Toyota)
- Ryan Blaney (Penske/Ford)
- Kurt Busch (Ganassi/Chevrolet)
- Brad Keselowski (Penske/Ford)
- Aric Almirola (Stewart-Haas/Ford)