Austin Dillon held a arduous-charging field off three conditions on restarts in the closing laps to invent his first NASCAR Cup Collection victory of the 2020 season in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. It used to be a 1-2 procure for the Richard Childress Racing team with Dillon’s rookie teammate Tyler Reddick ending a mere .149-seconds in the attend of.
Outdated to the Texas inexperienced flag, Dillon used to be 24 components outside the NASCAR Cup Collection Playoff top-16 and now the Texas winner has an computerized berth. It’s his third occupation victory – with various trophies in the 2017 Daytona 500 and NASCAR’s longest speed, the 2018 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – 88 races ago.
Dillon, 30, grandson of NASCAR Corridor of Reputation team proprietor Richard Childress, used to be emotional after the beget discontinuance, screaming “thank yous” into his team radio and then dedicating the victory to his accomplice Whitney and their one-month faded son, Ace, attend at home in North Carolina.
“No longer unsuitable for a silver spoon kid, upright,” Dillon joked after mountaineering out of his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet, a reference to his upbringing in NASCAR’s effect of royalty.
“Tyler Reddick, he raced me ultimate. 1-2 for RCR. This has been coming. We’ve had correct automobiles all year. I’ve bought my small one Ace attend home and my accomplice and I fancy them so unprecedented. I’m upright so satisfied. Thank God. To suppose you the real fact, it manner a total lot [to be in the Playoffs] for the family, for all our of partners.”
Crew Penske driver Joey Logano carried out third, reigning NASCAR Cup Collection champion Kyle Busch used to be fourth, detached taking a peep for his first victory of 2020. NASCAR Cup Collection components leader Kevin Harvick carried out fifth.
Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola rounded out the tip 10. Blaney led a speed-simplest 150 of the 334 laps and swept the outlet two phases, but it marks the second time he’s led a minimal of 100 laps at Texas and didn’t salvage to receive the trophy.
Blaney and several other various of the day’s frontrunners procure been making their plan ahead after inexperienced flag pit stops when a caution came out with 31 laps closing for young driver Quinn Houff, who crashed whereas making an try to salvage to pit lane. That changed the complexion on the speed and a wonderful deal of the afternoon’s simplest automobiles procure been then left to play recall-up whereas Reddick and Dillon procure been in a situation to pit below caution in desire to the inexperienced flag because the others had.
“Disappointing procure for sure,” said Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Crew Penske Ford. “Dominant automobile all day, particularly on long runs. In truth elated with that. Trusty unhappy the manner it ended for us.”
“I’m elated with the speed we procure and I have love we can compete with the four and the 11 and these guys who procure reasonably a wonderful deal of wins this year,” he added.
Reddick acknowledged the discover situation used to be a huge abet on the tip. And runner-up is a occupation-simplest procure for the aged two-time NASCAR Xfinity Collection champion in the NASCAR Cup Collection.
“We had to recall about a breaks,” Reddick said. “Can’t query for a long way extra than we bought there, me and my teammate on the entrance for the closing couple restarts. He’s carried out this a small longer than I even procure and I’m a small bit rusty, haven’t been on the entrance row quickly.
“I upright wished it to be between us, now not divulge various automobiles into it and be sure that we could maybe also war it out,” Reddick added. “We bought the restarts and upright saved getting alternatives and couldn’t salvage it carried out this day. However hats off to the three guys. They work arduous and this gets one RCR Chevrolet into the Playoffs. We’re below the cutoff line, so we’ve bought to retain stopping. If we can retain working love this, with any luck we won’t procure to fear about components.”
Alongside with his 11th top-5 procure, Harvick now leads the NASCAR Cup Collection standings by 91 components over Ryan Blaney in second.
Ten drivers procure now clinched Playoff berths with victories leaving six positions begin with eight races closing to remark the 16-driver postseason field. The NASCAR Cup Collection races next at Kansas Speedway Thursday evening (7: 30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
— NASCAR Wire Service —
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