NXS: Austin Dillon Earns Victory in Irish Hills


(via NASCAR) Austin Dillon held on to score a rain-shortened win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, claiming Saturdayís LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

Dillonís Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet led 18 of 91 laps on the 2-mile track. The ninth win of his Xfinity career was his first of the year and his first in the series at Michigan.

Teammate Daniel Hemric came home second in RCRís No. 21 Chevy, falling just short of his first Xfinity victory in a series of late restarts. Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard completed the top five. The race was halted just 34 laps shy off the 125-lap, 250-mile distance.

The race was conducted with rules that included special air ducts, a taller rear spoiler and engine restrictor plates. The result was closer racing, but some difficulty passing when stepping out of a single-file line in the initial going.

Kyle Busch started from the pole position and led all but two of the first 30 laps in the opening stage. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell caused the only caution of the first stage, spinning out of third place and causing significant rear-end damage on his No. 20 Toyota. Busch wound up sixth and Bell rallied for an 11th-place result.

Series points leader Elliott Sadler led 10 laps and won the raceís second stage, but made contact with Alex Bowmanís No. 23 Chevrolet and then the outside wall early on in Stage 3. Elliott expressed his anger by scraping Bowmanís car during the ensuing caution period for Austin Cindricís spin.

Bowman led eight laps in his first Xfinity Series start of the season. Both he and Sadler pitted with damage and faded from contention.

The race started approximately three hours late after rain showers pelted the track in the morning and early afternoon.


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Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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