Found September 23, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:

Happy Birthday Pop-Pop! That’s what Ty and Austin Dillon should be saying to their grandfather Richard Childress after they swept Childress’s birthday weekend at the Kentucky Speedway. Austin Dillon finished off the Kentucky sweep this afternoon as he held off Richard Childress Racing teammate Elliot Sadler throughout the race. RCR left Kentucky on a very high note. Not only did they win the race but they regained the points lead as Elliot Sadler re-took it from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sadler and Dillon capitalized on Stenhouse Jr’s mistakes in Kentucky and they both are now in championship contention. Austin Dillon started on the pole but it wasn’t long until Ricky Stenhouse Jr took the lead from him on lap one. The first caution of the day came quickly when the yellow flag flew on lap two.

The caution was for Joe Nemechek who spun on the backstretch. The next caution flew just six laps later when Brad Sweet spun in turn four after getting loose and losing control of his car. On lap 13 the top four drivers in the point’s standings were running in the top four. The competition caution flew on lap 31 and drivers took advantage of the caution to hit pit road. Stenhouse Jr went entered the pits first but he didn’t leave in the same position. As Stenhouse Jr was exiting his pit box, Eric McClure was entering his and Stenhouse Jr collided with McClure’s back bumper. That caused some damage to both cars and Stenhouse Jr had to return to his pit stall to fix the damage. Stenhouse Jr’s issues allowed Austin Dillon to take the lead on the restart. Stenhouse Jr restarted in the 28th position.

Kurt Busch didn’t turn a lap in the No.54 car before he started the race today and by lap 39, he was in the fifth position. On lap 39 we saw our fourth caution when the No.18 of Drew Herring spun in turn three after the No.43 of Michael Annett got into the back of Herring’s car. On the restart Sam Hornish Jr rocketed to the lead and Justin Allgaier followed him into the second position. Just three laps later Elliot Sadler took the lead from Hornish Jr. More trouble for Ricky Stenhouse Jr developed on lap 47 when he slid off turn four and slapped the wall. That caused Stenhouse Jr to pit and lose valuable track position. Stenhouse Jr was never able to recover and he finished 17th. The next yellow flag came out on lap 86 when Mike Wallace got into the back of Tayler Malsam, spinning Malsam through the frontstrecth grass. This wreck occurred just behind race leader Elliot Sadler. Austin Dillon beat Sadler off pit road but on the restart Sadler re-took the lead from Stenhouse Jr. Trouble for Kurt Busch took him out of the race on lap 130 when Busch started smoking and he took his No.54 car behind the wall. Busch ended up finishing 28th.

The final round of green flag pit stops began on lap 136. Elliot Sadler started to experience issues on lap 145 when his steering column locked up and Sadler made a pit stop. After Sadler made the pit stop, the issue became seemed to go away. After the round of pit stops cycled through, Austin Dillon became the new leader. The final caution of the day came out with 40 laps to go when Eric McClure slid through the frontstrecth grass. Only three cars opted to pit under the caution and Elliot Sadler was one of them. Austin Dillon took off on the restart and never looked back. Elliot Sadler attempted to make a late charge but he only got up to fifth. Austin Dillon crossed the finish line first for the second time of the season.

Dillon had to overcome an obstacle during the race when Dillon said after the race that the “rough bumps gave me (Dillon) a bloody nose.” Dillon won the June Kentucky race earlier this season and now he has swept the Nationwide Kentucky races this season. Elliot Sadler is the new point’s leader after Ricky Stenhouse Jr had issues throughout the day. Sadler leads Stenhouse Jr by four points and Sadler leads his teammate Dillon by 19 points. The championship run is shaping up to be a memorable one and possibly the closest one in history. We have three drivers with a good shot at winning the championship and that is something the Nationwide Series hasn’t seen in awhile. Tune in next week at Dover to see who can pull away in the point’s standings or who see who falters. The Monster Mile will provide one monster of a race.

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1 1 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet AdvoCare 47/4 200 Running 2 3 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 43/1 200 Running 3 6 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 0 200 Running 4 4 18 Drew Herring Toyota Sport Clips 41/1 200 Running 5 8 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain   Financial 41/2 200 Running 6 15 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet Clean Coal 38/0 200 Running 7 5 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J 38/1 200 Running 8 10 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 36/0 200 Running 9 20 22 Ryan Blaney Dodge Discount   Tire 35/0 200 Running 10 13 38 Brad Sweet * Chevrolet Great Clips 34/0 200 Running 11 7 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 33/0 200 Running 12 12 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet Keen Parts, Inc. 32/0 200 Running 13 19 30 James Buescher Chevrolet Fraternal Order of Eagles 0 200 Running 14 11 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30/0 198 Running 15 18 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet All South Electrical Constructors, Inc. 29/0 198 Running 16 23 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota Thrush and Son / Hi Technologies 28/0 197 Running 17 2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost 28/1 197 Running 18 17 44 Mike Bliss Toyota 26/0 197 Running 19 16 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 25/0 196 Running 20 22 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services 24/0 196 Running 21 27 39 Josh Richards Ford Joy 23/0 196 Running 22 24 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 22/0 196 Running 23 33 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil / Noah’s Light Foundation 21/0 195 Running 24 30 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 20/0 194 Running 25 9 199 Alex Bowman Toyota Penserra Securities / Allegiant Air 19/0 194 Running 26 21 8 Scott Lagasse Jr. Chevrolet HybridLight / BSA 18/0 187 Running 27 32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM-FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves / AC General 17/0 143 Engine 28 42 54 Kurt Busch Toyota Monster Energy 0 128 Rear Gear 29 40 41 Timmy Hill Ford Rick Ware Racing 15/0 104 Handling 30 25 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 14/0 81 Engine 31 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 13/0 55 Handling 32 29 124 Benny Gordon * Toyota OCR Gaz Bar / Snappy Tomato Pizza 12/0 52 Vibration 33 36 50 David Starr Chevrolet Gulf Coast Loss   Prevention 0 47 Rear Gear 34 34 86 Kevin Lepage Ford DT Trivette Trucking 11/1 46 Vibration 35 37 52 Joey Gase * Chevrolet Metro Ministries 9/0 38 Clutch 36 43 108 Mike Harmon Ford Randy Hill Racing 8/0 22 Vibration 37 41 15 Carl Long Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 7/0 16 Overheating 38 38 100 Tanner Berryhill Toyota OCR Gaz Bar 6/0 15 Rear Gear 39 26 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet The Motorsports Group 5/0 13 Vibration 40 39 171 Matthew Carter Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 4/0 13 Transmission 41 31 47 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 3/0 10 Vibration 42 35 42 Matt Frahm Chevrolet Key Motorsports 2/0 6 Brakes 43 28 10 Charles Lewandoski Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 1/0 4 Vibration

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