Rookie Dillon dominates Nationwide in Kentucky

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 29, 2012

MADISON, IL - JULY 16: Austin Dillon, driver of the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series CampingWorld.com 200 at Gateway International Raceway on July 16, 2010 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Pole-sitter Austin Dillon, driving the legendary No. 3 car, led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. It was the first Nationwide victory for Dillon, a rookie who captured the Truck Series title a year ago. The 22-year-old native of Lewisville, N.C., also took over the series lead with the victory. He came into the night just a point back of leader Elliott Sadler after seven top-five finishes: five fifths and two fourths. Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch was a distant second, 9.828 seconds back. Third was another Cup driver and the No. 2 qualifier, Kevin Harvick, followed by Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier. The race was contested in ideal conditions after gusting winds earlier delayed qualifying for the Cup Series.
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