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Austin Dillon had a record-breaking performance at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night
He led the most laps - 192 of 200 - of any winner.
He had a 9.852-second lead over Kurt Busch at the finish line - the largest margin of victory.
And he took over the Nationwide Series points lead for the first time in his career.
However, the last nugget will be short-lived as Dillon's car failed post-race inspection. NASCAR officials said the No. 3 Chevrolet was too low on the height sticks in the rear of the car.
Team owner and Dillon's grandfather Richard Childress said Saturday in the garage, "I've never seen Austin so high and so low at the same time. It was like he'd been shot."
Childress says the crew did not deliberately lower the rear of the car.
"We use 1,200-pound springs to keep the back end up," Childress said. "A rear jack bolt worked its way back on a rough-ass track. It was certainly nothing intentional--and it certainly wasn't an advantage.
NASCAR spokespersons added that penalties would be forthcoming next week. Dillon is likely looking at a six-point fine, which would give his Richard Childress Racing teammate Elliott Sadler the points lead. Crew chief Danny Stockman could receive a $10,000 fine for the infraction.
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NASCAR has penalized the No. 3 Nationwide Series team of Austin Dillon following rule infractions discovered during postrace inspection last Friday at Kentucky Speedway.
Dillon has been docked six championship points, which will cost him the lead in the standings. He did have a two-point lead in the championship race, but will now trail Elliott Sadler by four.
NASCAR has penalized Austin Dillon because his car failed inspection following his Nationwide Series win at Kentucky, dropping him out of the points lead.
Dillon was docked six points in the standings Monday, going from two points up on Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide standings to down by four points.
Crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. was fined $10,000, and car owner Morgan Shepherd...
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.
The No. 3, of course, was driven to fame by Dale Earnhardt before his death on the track at the 2001 Daytona 500. Richard Childress was the team owner for Earnhardt, and is also the grandfather and team owner for...
SPARTA, Ky. — In his 26th NASCAR Nationwide Series start — in his first full season in the series — pole-sitter Austin Dillon administered an emphatic, definitive, no-doubt-about-it beating to 42 also-rans in Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
How decisive was Dillon’s first Nationwide victory? Consider this:
Dillon led 192 of 200 laps, most ever...
In a dominating performance that culminated with his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win, Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team set a record for most laps led and lapped all but six competitors in the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Dillon earned a perfect driver rating of 150.0 and inherited control of the driver championship...
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Austin Dilllon won the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky last night in dominant fashion, but his #3 car failed post race inspection.
SPARTA, Ky. -- In his 26th NASCAR Nationwide Series start -- in his first full season in the series -- pole-sitter Austin Dillon administered an emphatic, definitive, no-doubt-about-it beating to 42 also-rans in...
Danica Patrick held her own against the field at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night.
But neither Patrick nor any of the other 41 drivers had anything for Austin Dillon, who won his first Nationwide race in his 26th start.
Only eight cars finished on the lead lap. Although Patrick ran in the top 15 all evening, Dillon passed the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet on the frontstretch to...
James Buescher earned his second Camping World Truck Series victory Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. His first career victory in the trucks occured at Kansas, just three races ago.
Following a restart with 36 laps to go in the UNOH 225, Buescher pulled away from Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski and drove on to give Turner Motorsports their third victory this season. Keselowski...
Welcome to the July 2, 2012 edition of Start ‘N’ Park Blog’s Stock Watch. Each week we’ll take a look at who’s rising, falling, and treading water in the world of NASCAR. This stretches all division and all aspects of NASCAR, including drivers, owners, crew members, media and fans. Finding their way onto this week’s watch includes Brad Keselowski, Justin Lofton, Austin...
Austin Dillon won the pole for Friday night’s Feed The Children 300 from Kentucky with a lap of 31.359. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish, Jr., and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. round out the top five starting positions. John Jackson did not qualify. The event will be live on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM EST.
Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet...