Ty Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dillon had a strong car all day long and in a race filled with pit strategy he and crew chief Danny Stockman played their cards right and ended up on top to take the #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to victory lane. Dillon also took home a $100,000 prize for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash4Cash prize.
"Our Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet had good speed all weekend," said Dillon. "We got out front, man, and she unleashed. It was awesome."
Dillon beat Kyle Busch by over a second with Matt Kenseth coming home in the third position. Finishing in the fourth position was Kevin Harvick with Joey Logano coming home fifth. Finishing in the sixth position was Paul Menard with Brian Scott coming home seventh. Finishing in the eighth spot was Kyle Larson with Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith rounding out the top ten.
Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag and he and Matt Kenseth would battle on the first lap with Kenseth going out in front. Kevin Harvick would move to the second position and immediately put pressure on leader Matt Kenseth. Finally Harvick passed Kenseth for the lead on lap nine and was in control for the next several laps. By lap 14 Harvick's lead was two seconds.
The only thing that could stop Harvick was the first caution flag which was a caution for debris on lap 16. The leaders would pit and Joey Logano and Ty Dillon came out of the pits first and they led the field to green on the lap 21 restart. Joey Logano shot out to the lead on the restart after a short threat from Ty Dillon, Logano began to pull away from the field. By lap 25 Logano's lead was 2.5 seconds and by lap 29 the lead was four seconds.
Pit strategy began to happen on lap 29 when Kyle Busch came down pit road. From that point forward pit strategy took over the race. Kevin Harvick took over the lead on lap 30 when Joey Logano pitted. By lap 39 Harvick had a huge 7.8 second lead. Harvick would pit on lap 46, giving up what was a ten second lead. As the race reached the halfway point, Joey Logano found himself in front. Logano had a lead over Kyle Busch by about three seconds. On lap 55 the races' second caution flag would fly when Jeffrey Earnhardt blew his engine. Earnhardt's day was done and he finished in the 35th position.
Four cars stayed out under the caution flag and some leaders pitted. Joey Logano was the first of the cars who pitted and he restarted in the fifth spot. The top four cars stayed out and they were Kevin Harvick, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson and Regan Smith and they led the field to green on the lap 64 restart. Harvick pulled away from the field on the restart and he had a dominate car off the restart. Harvick would pit for fuel on lap 68 and Kyle Busch found himself in front. On lap 71 the races' third caution flag flew for debris, putting all the fuel strategy scenarios out the window. The leaders would pit and Kyle Busch would lead the field to green on the lap 77 restart.Ty Dillon would get the lead from Busch on the restart and he would pull away from the field. Dillon was in control from that point forward and won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Other notable finishers in the field included, Chris Buescher in 11th, Chase Elliott in 12th, David Ragan in 13th, Dylan Kwasniewski in 14th and Elliott Sadler in 15th. Landon Cassill finished 16th, Brendan Gaughan finished 19th, Ryan Reed finished 20th and James Buescher finished 21st.
Chase Elliott remained the points leader as he leads Regan Smith by four points. Third in the standings is Elliott Sadler, who is 11 points back with Ty Dillon fourth in points 15 points behind. Fifth in the standings is Brian Scott who is 42 points behind. Sixth in the standings is Trevor Bayne with Chris Buescher in seventh, Brendan Gaughan is eighth in the standings with James Buescher in ninth and Ryan Reed rounds out the top ten.
The next race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on August 2nd.
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