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Austin Dillon Wins the Coca Cola 600



It was a long, hot Memorial Sunday night in Charlotte for the 58th running of the Coca Cola 600. After a rain delay that lasted nearly 2 hours, Austin Dillon stood tall in victory lane for his first career Cup win.

Dillon ran in the top 10 all night long, with the help of his new crew chief Justin Alexander. Slugger Labbe was replaced atop the 3 pitbox the previous week. After the race, Dillon praised both Labbe and Alexander for their help in rallying the team behind him.

Sunday night marks Dillon’s first Cup win in 133 starts. Dillon is also a former champion in both the Truck Series and Xfinity Series. This also marks the first Cup win for the famed Richard Childress Racing 3 car since Dale Earnhardt’s final win at Talladega in 2000.

With this win, Austin Dillon is now locked into the NASCAR Playoffs. Dillon made the Playoffs on points a season ago, and was eliminated in the Round of 12. He joins RCR teammate Ryan Newman, who won at Phoenix in March.

Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel with 2 laps remaining on Sunday. Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch had dominated the night. Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski wrecked out early after spinning in oil Jeffrey Earnhardt left on the track. Points leader Kyle Larson had a strong night going until late race troubles relegated him to a 33rd place finish. The rest of the top 10 finishers were Kyle Busch, Truex, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dillon is the 10th different Cup Series winner in 2017. Powerhouse team Joe Gibbs Racing is still winless. The parity for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season is as high as ever. The Series heads to Dover this weekend for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Matt Kenseth won this race a year ago.