Dillon Delivers Second Career NCWTS Victory in Vegas
Twenty-year-old rookie Austin Dillon delivered his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory by a hefty 5.558-second margin over Johnny Sauter at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dillon and his Richard Childress Racing No. 3 truck took over the race lead with 35 of 146 laps remaining following a restart and raced away to his second top-two, fourth top-five and sixth top-10 finish in his past seven starts. He led a total of 93 laps on the night.
James Buescher, who led with 34 laps to go, drove across the finish line third, series championship leader Todd Bodine nailed down fourth and Matt Crafton completed the race top five.
"At the beginning of the race, James was laying back (on restarts) so I was kind of timing it and that's why I could get a really good restart. Then, he started catching onto it. There at the end, I just waited for him to do his little move. I was able to catch it and (my truck) pulled off," Dillon said.
He moves from sixth to fourth in the championship standings and into the top five for the first time this season.
"I talked to (my grandfather) earlier in the week, and he said, 'Man, you've got to go win this race for me out here.' You dream about stuff like this and when it comes true, it's great. Anytime you're in Victory Lane, it's awesome," Dillon added. Todd Bodine remained on track to take his second career series championship and first since 2006 with five races remaining on the schedule by rolling to his sixth top-five and eighth top-10 finish in as many races. He holds a 262-point advantage over second-place title contender Aric Almirola, who earned his 16th top-10 finish of the season with a sixth-place Las Vegas showing.
The series will be back in action when it makes its second visit of the season to Martinsville Speedway on October 23. Bodine placed 30th in the March 27 Martinsville race and Almirola finished sixth. Kevin Harvick won the race from the pole position.
Coverage is set to begin at 12:30 p.m., on SPEED Channel and 12:45 p.m., on Motor Racing Network radio and Sirius XM 128.
Story by Mike Schmaltz