Dillon wins Coca-Cola 600 in for first NASCAR Cup victory

Austin Dillon won his first career race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, making a fuel gamble pay off in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

His team had to push his vehicle to victory lane.

"It hasn't sunk in yet".

"While spotty storms will be around at any time Sunday afternoon and evening, the bulk of the activity may be during the early evening hours", AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Miller said. I check websites, local and national to make sure I provide myself with the best and safest way to enjoy a stream. We made a little mistake in that last adjustment, and that cost us. "Make the call, let the guys go to work". "We're in the chase, baby".

Time of Race: 4 hours, 19 minutes, 22 seconds.

Truex dominated the Coca-Cola 600 for a second straight year, leading a race-high 233 laps.

NOTES: Veteran driver Sebastien Bourdais, who suffered pelvic fractures and a broken right hip in qualifying last weekend, attended the race on crutches. "I gave Dakota's shoulder a little squeeze and he looked up at me with his big brown eyes and smiled and said, 'Mommy, NASCAR loves the troops'". This Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota did a heck of a job today. I cant believe it, ” Dillon said.

"You don't ever know where they're gonna be", Truex said. "It is what it is". He will have plenty of time to climb the ladder in the 400-lap race, and could still have a shot to claim stage points if he runs well.

He knows that Dillon has always ran that number, and even though it's the number Earnhardt used the entire time with Childress, it ultimately is owned by the team. Drivers on newer tires, led by Truex and Busch, caught those who stayed out, except Johnson and Dillon, in just a few laps. Johnson was also trying to stretch his fuel tank but he ran out of gas with two laps to go. 330; Kyle Busch 331-333; M. Truex Jr. "I just got loose and then I hit it and it ruined our day". Keselowski couldn't avoid Elliott because of the oil on the track. Truex pitted a final time with 33 laps left, confident hed be able to hold on after everyone cycled through a last stop. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin completed the top five, followed by Kurt Busch, rookie Erik Jones, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. This year Truex Jr. again led the most laps but could only come home third.

Truex Jr. passed Busch on the Lap 333 restart, and Busch spent the next 55 laps tailing him. However, the No. 78 team would not be denied in Stage 2 as Truex Jr. narrowly beat eight-time track victor Jimmie Johnson for his series-leading sixth stage victory. Dillon squeezed out enough fuel economy to finish eight-tenths of a second ahead of Busch.

Bad weather caused the lengthy stoppage on lap 143. On lap 399, he captured the lead.

After Jeffrey Earnhardt experienced issues that led to oil and a part dumping on the track, Chase Elliott appeared to run over it and his vehicle caught fire.

THE WRECK: Some of the pre-race favorites were eliminated early as Brad Keselowski crashed into the back of Chase Elliott's auto just 20 laps into the race, ending the night for both drivers. "It's just disappointing", Elliott said. "For whatever reason it's really been tough for me". But I can't say enough about my team.

Sports Cars: Land-Motorsport Screws Up Pit Stop, Benefits from Screwup - Sometimes, screwing up a pit stop can be a good thing.

NASCAR's All-Star Race has taken place at Charlotte Motor Speedway every season but one - Atlanta hosted it in 1986 - since it began 25 years ago. Busch almost walked away with the Coca-Cola 600 when he moved past teammate Denny Hamlin at the start of the fourth and final stage to take the lead over Martin Truex Jr.

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