Dillon snags first NASCAR Cup victory at late-night Coca-Cola 600

  • Dillon snags first NASCAR Cup victory at late-night Coca-Cola 600

Dillon snags first NASCAR Cup victory at late-night Coca-Cola 600

Brad Keselowski attempted to brake and steer clear of Elliott's No. 24 vehicle, but couldn't do either due to the oil on the track.

Eight drivers took that risk, notably Jimmie Johnson, whose tank started running dry with about three laps left.

"When I come here, I know what I need my vehicle to do", Truex described. Ultimately, that's what got us. Truex won the second stage shortly after a restart following a 100-minute rain delay.

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. Truex would win the second segment and lead 233 of the 400 laps on the night.

With 31 laps to go in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the drivers ahead of him took a trip to pit road, the seven-time champion assumed the lead. Instead, his chances ended less than 25 laps into the race when he ran over pieces of Jeffrey Earnhardt's crumbling auto and could not gain traction as Brad Keselowski slammed into the rear of the No. 24 Chevrolet.

The debris knocked a hole in the nose of Elliott's auto, and flames erupted beneath the engine compartment as fluid spilled from the Chevy. We could talk about how, although I do believe NASCAR needs an annual All-Star Race, I'd prefer that they come up with a format that isn't completely incomprehensible and yes, I'm gonna say it ... boring. Busch got back to second on the last lap, but ran out of raceway to chase down Dillon.

With two laps to go, Johnson ran out of fuel and Dillon inherited the lead, which he hung on to for the finish. "I just hate it that I made a mistake there in Turn 3 and got in the wall". You couldn't do anything.

"It's a real bummer four our team". "My crew chief said there is oil on the track, but I knew I broke something on the auto, so actually broke a left-side truck arm". “We are leaning on (the No. 48 team) pretty hard this weekend.”. "It's definitely going to make a difference and hopefully it widens the racetrack out and we can have grooves all over the track".

"I counted my blessings and sent up a silent prayer, thanking God that my husband was in Baghdad and not part of the deeper meaning of Memorial Day", she said. "I don't know if race tracks could bid on the All-Star race or bid on the final race of the season, but I think that would be really cool".

At one point, fans had to evacuate from their seats and the race was paused.

"We're going to have a very fun night", he said.

Of course, Truex wanted to have a voice in the final outcome.

As Knaus coached him through the final few laps of managing the gap and rolling out of the gas early among other things, Truex did his best to close in.

"This place is tough", he said. "We must make sure we keep the momentum up in the next couple of races". "He's put a lot into me".

Looking to add some competitive mojo, a VHT traction compound was imbedded into the top lane on the asphalt at the track. There were 23 lead changes among 10 different drivers.