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Rookie Austin Dillon took advantage of misfortune to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler to win the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday.
Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler, who reclaimed the season points lead from Stenhouse.
Dillon seemed destined for a runner-up run behind Sadler, who got an opening when Stenhouse collided with Eric McClure on pit road on lap 33. That essentially handed first place to Sadler, and he began pulling away in pursuit of his fifth win this season.
But Sadler encountered steering issues with 50 laps left, and subsequent pit stops for corrections ultimately yielded the lead to his Richard Childress Racing teammate.
Sadler has a four-point lead over Stenhouse, who finished 17th. Dillon is 19 points back.
Dillon, who won the pole, completed a season sweep at Kentucky. He dominated the June race, leading 192 of 200 laps.
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Austin Dillon became the first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) driver to earn a single-season, two-race Kentucky Speedway 300-mile race sweep today by sailing his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing car beneath the checkered flag 1.059 seconds ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.’s No. 12 Penske Racing machine.
After misfiring on two previous restarts on the high line, Dillon and Crew Chief Danny...
In the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race to be held during the day at Kentucky Speedway, Austin Dillon returned to the site of his first career NNS victory earlier this year to double up with what is now his second series win, capturing Saturday’s Kentucky 300. Dillon, who started the race from the pole, regained [...]
Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon became the second driver to earn back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky Speedway pole awards this afternoon with a 177.264 mph (30.463 seconds) lap.
Dillon posted the third quickest Kentucky qualifying run in NNS track history and is the first in track history to earn back-to-back series pole awards in the same season. He will...
Despite starting from the pole, the only way that Austin Dillon was going to be able to get a season sweep at Kentucky Speedway was if two other cars had problems.
As it turned out, problems emerged for both Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler, and that handed the win to Dillon.
“We lost power steering,” said Elliott Sadler to ESPN reporters after the race. “Nobody could...
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...
Elliott Sadler begins his "comeback" on Saturday.
Having led the NASCAR Nationwide Series after 21 of the first 26 races -- including the 14 races before last weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway -- Sadler is back in second place for just the fifth time this season (he's ranked no lower than No. 2 in 2012).
Sadler finds himself just nine points behind new points...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't know he had been around the Nationwide Series this long.
Told on Friday that the Kentucky 300 would mark his 100th career start in NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the 24-year-old defending series champion and current points leader laughed. Stenhouse was so focused on racing that he never kept count.
At Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, he'll be...
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), third (Brendan Gaughan) and fifth (Elliott Sadler).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by four points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Dillon ranks third in the standings, 15 markers behind his RCR teammate.
The No. 2 team ranks second in the Nationwide Series...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr will make three more starts at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level in 2012. Stenhouse will drive the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford at Dover, Charlotte and Homestead.
“Right now, we’re organized for three races with him at Dover, Charlotte and Homestead,” said Jack Roush, “but if we decide his prospects for winning the Nationwide championship are improved by running more...
Roush Fenway has started 24 Nationwide races at Kentucky, posting one win, five top fives and 12 top 10s. Roush Fenway finished second in the first three races at Kentucky, before breaking into the win column in 2005.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on racing at Kentucky Speedway: “We’re coming off a big win so we will carry that momentum into this weekend. The excitement level that the...
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), third (Brendan Gaughan) and fifth (Elliott Sadler). Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by four points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., while Dillon ranks third in the standings, 15 markers behind his RCR teammate. The No. 2 team ranks second in the Nationwide Series owner championship...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his 100th-career Nationwide start this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in the Kentucky 300.
“Time flies when you are having fun,” said Stenhouse. “My career started out a tad shaky but I have to thank Jack Roush for sticking behind me and never giving up on me. The accomplishments that our No. 6 team has made the past two seasons are incredible and...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't weather the bumpy surface of Kentucky Speedway so well in June, taking his lumps with a mediocre eighth-place finish. Since then, the bumps have been relatively few.
The defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion returns to the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Ky., with a substantial head of steam for Saturday's Kentucky 300 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN), the...
Austin Dillon won the pole for Saturday’s Kentucky 300 from Kentucky with a time of 30.463 seconds. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Sam Hornish, Jr., Drew Herring, and Michael Annett round out the top five starting positions. No drivers failed to qualify for the race. The event will be live on ESPN at 3:30 PM EST.
As he prepares for his first full season as a Cup driver next year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will run at least three more races in NASCAR's premier series in 2012, team owner Jack Roush said Saturday.
Roush, however, isn't averse to adding events to Stenhouse's Cup plans, if circumstances dictate doing so. Stenhouse's main focus this year is defending his Nationwide...