Dillon Gets First in 500th
Austin Dillon Caps Perfect Weekend with Truck Win
Austin Dillon was 4 years old when the Camping World Truck Series ran its first-ever race. Twenty years later, the Truck Series was celebrating its 500th race, and it was Dillon, now a 24-year-old man, celebrating a win in the UNOH 175 in Sunoco Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Dillon led a race high 80 laps and pulled ahead of two-time defending Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton during a late restart for his first ever win at NHMS and first overall for GMS Racing. Dillon will start Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 16th.
"It is very special. I owe a lot to the Truck Series for getting me where I am today," said Dillon, the 2011 Camping World Truck Series title holder. " We knew we had a fast truck and when you have a truck like that you don't want to give anything away."
Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top-five finishers behind Dillon and Crafton.
"My restarts were beyond pathetic and Johnny kept me moving and kept my legs under me. I would say we had the third best truck and came in second," said Crafton, who is trying to become the first driver in history to win three straight titles. "I will leave here and run. We just got to keep racing and the points will come."
Crafton was able to slice into Erik Jones's points lead, cutting it down to seven points.
"We messed up today and couldn't get a handle on the car," said the 19-year-old Jones. "You can't do that this late in the season - we can't be that far off. But we'll get it figured out and come back strong next race."
The third-place finish for Sauter was his fifth top-10 finish in five races at the Magic Mile, while the 18-year-old Nemechek followed up the first win of his career last week with his third top-five of the season.
Daniel Hemric, Jones, Austin Theriault, Dalton Sargeant and Gray Gaulding finished 6-10, respectively. For Theriault (Fort Kent, Maine), the top-10 was respectable in his first career Truck Series start at NHMS.
Kyle Busch, who led 67 laps, finished 11th. Busch will have a chance to sweep the season races in the Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire with a win in Sunday's SYLVANIA 300, where he'll start 17th.
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