Austin Dillon Wins Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon turned in a dominating performance, leading 163 of 200 laps in scoring his second win of the season at the Hisense 4K TV 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin finished second behind Dillon, while Kasey Kahne, Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Jr. rounded out the Top 5.
"It's huge for us North Carolina boys to take home the trophy in our home state," said Dillon.
"It's very special on Memorial Day Weekend, too. We had a lot of friends and family here. This is a rhythm racetrack. When I got behind there, I just made sure I hit my line, hit my line. It all worked out."
The elder Dillon brother scored his fourth career series win, all coming from the pole, in winning his first race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Three caution flags slowed the field for 22 laps. Rounding out the Top 10 was Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Casey Elliott, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Blaney.
Four drivers qualified for next weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash for Cash at Dover Speedway. Those four are Smith, Ty Dillon, Wallace Jr. and Suarez.
Hisense 4K TV 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Post Race Notes
Winner - Austin Dillon (No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet) "This is huge. It's huge for us North Carolina boys to take home the trophy in our state. It's very special on Memorial Day Weekend also. We had a lot of friends and family here, a special moment for sure. I said something about the motor there one time, and I was just messing with my grandpa. On the backstretch, it just changed the pitch a little bit. When you have a car like that, it's hard to go through the whole race like that and not hear things a little bit. I feel like I learned something back here before, I learned a little bit about the rhythm. My grandpa preaches that this is a rhythm track. It is very important not to miss your line early in the corner. When I got behind there, I just made sure I hit my line, hit my line. I had watched those guys and when they would fall off of the bottom a little bit, the nose moved up the track a bit. I could really gain off the corner. On that last pass, I guessed right. It was the perfect storm. When he (Hamlin) went in on the top, I thought, here is my shot. It worked out."
Nick Harrison, Crew Chief (No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet) "I didn't do a whole lot. I sat on the pit box and watched Austin drive. When we unloaded, we unloaded with a fast car. This is the same car we won with at Las Vegas. I have a really hard-working team that don't mind working late, burning the midnight oil, whatever it takes to put our best on the track. Once we got Austin happy, I knew we had a shot today. The outcome was great."
Richard Childress, Team Owner RCR "As Austin alluded to, it's very special to win here at your home track, Charlotte Motor Speedway. We have a lot of friends and family, just got so many people here that make it special. And to see Austin put the drive on like he did was just unbelievable. That last restart kind of got our attention."
Second Place - Denny Hamlin (No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota) "The RCR cars have a horsepower and down force advantage on everyone. I'm thankful for the opportunity I had in this car. We're happy with second. He (Dillon) had a little too much speed for me. We were second most all day to the 33 (Dillon). Really, all of the RCR guys are strong. You've got to hand it to those guys. They have done their homework. Right now, it's kind of them, then everyone else as far as speed is concerned. We have got to get our organization better. We did a good job of getting a good finish considering what we had for a race car today. I thought we could hang on to a Top 5 today, but the crew did a good job of getting my car better. At least they gave me a shot on the last restart there. Overall, a pretty good day. I thought when the 33 (Dillon) gave us the outside (on the last restart), that gave us a big advantage if we could stay with him. He was just so fast, he overcame that track position. My car was best on the bottom. His car was pinned to the bottom as well. "