Dillon Wins At Texas, Shakes Up Playoff Grid

Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie teammate Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish. It was their first 1-2 finish in the Cup Series since Clint Bowyer won at Talladega in 2011 ahead of teammate Jeff Burton.

It was also the 109th Cup win for the Childress team, three of which coming from Dillon — his first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season.

Dillon and Reddick stayed in front on three late restarts, the first after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the fast car of Ryan Blaney to a lap back.

“Not bad for a silver spoon kid, huh?,” said Dillon, the grandson of Childress. “Tyler Reddick, he raced me clean. 1-2 for RCR. This has been coming. We’ve had good cars all year. I’ve got my baby Ace back home, my wife. I’m just so happy.”

On the final restart, Dillon got a good jump and raced to the checkered flag ahead of his rookie teammate and some veteran drivers.

Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races _ having an Xfinity Series victory taken away after his car failed a postrace inspection before winning the Trucks Series race that night. Series points leader Kevin Harvick finished fifth. 

Blaney, who won both stages in the race, finished seventh after leading six times for 150 laps.

There were an estimated 15,000-20,000 spectators at the track, where it reached 97 degrees late in the first summertime Cup race at Texas _ it was supposed to be a spring race nearly four months ago, before the coronavirus pandemic postponed and then shuffled NASCAR’s schedule. It was much warmer in the cars.

There was a red flag after 219 laps for cleanup on the frontstretch after an incident involving 11 cars.

Among those involved were rookie Cole Custer, coming off a win at Kentucky last week. His crumbled No. 41 car came to rest at the exit of pit road.

The cars were still jammed together soon after a restart when some got loose coming onto the frontstretch, causing a chain-reaction crash.

The other cars involved were polesitter Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, William Byron, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Preece.

The playoff standings are now shook up. With Custer and ADillon in, that means that a few big named teams are going to miss the playoffs.

You have two Hendrick cars and a JGR car battling for the final playoff spot right now.


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