Austin Dillon earned a second-place finish on the newly-repaved Kansas Speedway, maintaining his rank as the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver with the best average finishing position on 1.5-mile tracks. Dillon started the scheduled 200-lap race from the second position, but slipped to the third position in the opening laps of the race as he struggled with a loose-handling Chevrolet. A combination of two-tire and four-tire pit stops throughout the event allowed the Danny Stockman-led team to make routine chassis adjustments to improve the handling of the black No. 3. Dillon led five laps and ran the entire event within the top 15.
The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion was in the fourth position and conserved fuel for the closing laps of the event when the caution flag was displayed with two laps to go With fuel mileage a concern, Dillon visited pit road for a splash of Sunoco Green E15 fuel, positioning him 10th for the lap-204 restart. Several teams ran out of fuel during the final green-white-checkered and Dillon raced into the second position for the finish, securing his 15th top-five finish of the season.
Start – 2 Finish – 2 Laps Led – 5 Points – 3rd
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE: “We’re still in this championship hunt but it is so hard to gain points in this series because the top competitors finish so close to each other each week. We did the right thing coming down pit road for fuel at the end of the race. The No. 6 car had an advantage because he had to pit to fix his car and it worked out for him. I think we would not have made it if we did not pit so I am glad we did.”