Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon wins the NASCAR Nationwide Lilly Diabetes 250

Posted: July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

MIke Harding 1Ty Dillon captured his first victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series by winning the third annual Lilly Diabetes 250 Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Our Bass Pro Chevy had speed all weekend,” Dillon said. “I’m so happy. That was all I had out there. You’ve got the best guy in the business behind you (Kyle Busch), it’s tough. I’ve battled against Kyle a lot, the confidence it gives me is awesome.”

doug matthewsWith his win in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, the 22-year-old Dillon not only joined an impressive list of legends as race winners at the “Racing Capital of the World,” he also won the third round of the Nationwide Series ‘Dash 4 Cash’ and a $100,000 bonus. Dillon’s team owner is his grandfather, Richard Childress.

(On closing laps) “A lot of praying,” Childress said. “It was really cool to see him (win),” “To come up here and win at Indy and race with the guys he was racing with, it was a great day for RCR.”

Dillon, whose previous best Nationwide Series finish came when he placed third at Indianapolis in 2012, led 24 laps en route to his victory, and held off pole-sitter and defending Lilly Diabetes 250 winner Kyle Busch, who finished as the runner-up in his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota after leading 11 laps.

19SG6958“Just not enough,” Busch said. “It’s unfortunate that we weren’t as good as we were last year. I thought we were — but we weren’t. Maybe it was the cloud cover today or whatever. And there at the end I had a restart and couldn’t get through Turn 1. Just slipped — I don’t know what happened. He [Ty Dillon] got right by me. Just drove right underneath me. That was it. That was the race.”

Rounding out the top five were Matt Kenseth in third place in his No. 20 Resers Toyota, fourth-place finisher Kevin Harvick in the No. 5 Morton Buildings Chevrolet and Joey Logano was fifth in his No. 22 Discount Tire Ford.

“We were in good shape until that caution came out when we were leading the race,” Logano said. “Some of those guys pitted before and then re-cycled themselves up; we had to save fuel to make it. The car was good enough to win. We were better than the No. 3 car when we were out front. Up front was better; that’s why strategy and restarts are so important because you are always trying to make up as much time as you can. It was so hard to pass. We also had an alternator go bad. The car got really tight at the end. I have to wait a whole year to try again.”

Photos and Data courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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