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Austin Dillon leads 1-2 Richard Childress Racing finish in NASCAR Cup race before fans at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Austin Dillon stayed in entrance after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie teammate Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing its first 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish in 9 years.

With spectators unfold out in the stands on a scorching Sunday, a really dehydrated Dillon acquired the checkered flag and did some celebratory burnouts on the frontstretch before going to the infield care heart.

“I got a couple IVs in me, feeling great. I felt great once I kind of got in air conditioner. I was wanting to come back out because it stinks to win the race and you’re falling out,” Dillon mentioned when lastly on his postrace Zoom name. “But I gave it all. I left it all out there. At least I can say that, and left it all on the track.”

Dillon raced to his third profession win and first since Daytona at the beginning of the 2018 season. It was Dillon and Reddick in the entrance on the ultimate three restarts, the primary after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the quick automobile of Ryan Blaney to a lap again.

“Not bad for a silver spoon kid, huh?” Dillon, the grandson of Childress, mentioned instantly after the race. “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.”

It was the primary 1-2 finish for RCR in the Cup Series since Clint Bowyer gained at Talladega in 2011 forward of Jeff Burton.

Childress watched the race from a command heart at the group’s race store in North Carolina.

“I mean, it’s great. … Having Tyler right there, to work with, he’s got a teammate that he’s really working good with,” Childress mentioned. “And to see both of those guys racing for the win, I knew they weren’t going to, I was hoping they didn’t wreck each other. It was pretty cool to see RCR in the front.”

On the ultimate restart in Texas, Dillon acquired soar, holding off his rookie teammate and a few veteran drivers.

Joey Logano completed third, with Kyle Busch fourth a day after he completed forward of the sector in two races — his Xfinity Series victory was taken away after his automobile failed a postrace inspection, and he then gained the Trucks Series race. Series factors chief Kevin Harvick, the winner of the final three fall races at Texas, was fifth.

“Can’t ask for much more than what we got there,” mentioned Reddick, the Xfinity Series champion every of the previous two seasons. “I just wanted it to be between us. I didn’t want bring other cars into it, make sure that we could fight it out. We just got the restarts that kept giving us opportunities.”

There have been an estimated 15,000-20,000 spectators at the observe, the place it reached 97 levels late in the primary summertime Cup race at Texas — it was imagined to be a spring race practically 4 months in the past, before the coronavirus pandemic postponed after which shuffled NASCAR’s schedule. Inside the automobiles, it was 130-140 levels.

After main six instances for 150 laps, each highs for the race, Blaney completed seventh.

Blaney, who had given up the lead when he pitted on Lap 287, fell a lap down after the sector acquired shuffled when rookie Quin Houff crashed laborious out of Turn 4.

Cole Custer, the rookie driver for Stewart-Haas Racing coming off a win final weekend at Kentucky, was certainly one of 11 drivers concerned in a chain-reaction cra-sh on Lap 218 that introduced out a pink flag. His crumbled No. 41 Ford got here to relaxation close to the exit of pit street.

That pileup on the frontstretch got here the lap after restart with many of the automobiles nonetheless jammed collectively as they got here off the fourth flip, when Blaney gave the impression to be amongst a number of automobiles to get unfastened, although he was out in entrance of the melee when automobiles began crashing.

Track staff took water to drivers in their parked automobiles on their observe in the course of the pink flag that lasted greater than 11 minutes.

It was 30 levels hotter than it was on March 29, when the race had been scheduled before the pandemic. Texas will host a playoff race Oct. 25.

Before four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw gave an emphatic command to begin engines, he shouted hiya to the “beautiful people” in the stands.

It was the primary main sporting occasion in Texas in greater than 4 months to permit spectators, and one of many largest gatherings of any variety in the state in the course of the pandemic. The spectators have been unfold out alongside the frontstretch, which was totally shaded late in the race, and there have been additionally folks in about 40 suites.

Speedway Motorsports, which owns Bristol and Texas, is a personal firm like NASCAR, and doesn’t launch official attendance numbers. But there gave the impression to be about 20,000 fans at Bristol for the All-Star race final Wednesday night time, and an analogous crowd had been anticipated at Texas, the place present rules would have allowed 50% capability at the observe that seats about 135,000.

“These are the folks that wanted to be here. We never were trying to set an attendance record and I told y’all you’re going to turn on the TV and go, ‘nobody’s there,’” TMS president Eddie Gossage mentioned in the course of the race, with out confirming any figures. “The truth is, there’s a pretty good number here. But still, a massive place.”

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