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AUSTIN DILLON WINS DAYTONA 500

Last lap pass sends Almirola into wall

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Dillon burns out on frontstretch after winning the Daytona 500.

Dillon burns out on frontstretch after winning the Daytona 500.

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Dillon burns out on frontstretch after winning the Daytona 500.

Austin Travis, Sports Editor

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Austin Dillon brought the famed #3 back to victory lane at Daytona on Sunday in the Daytona 500. His win was the 2nd of his career, and first at Daytona. His win also came 20 years since Dale Earnhardt won his only Daytona 500 in 1998 in the famed #3. Dillon passed Aric Almirola, who was in his first race in his new #10 car for Stewart-Haas, and sent him into the wall to win the race. “I did what I had to do there at the end,”  Dillon said in an interview with Fox Sports. “I hate it for the No. 10 (Almirola’s) guys. We had a run, and I stayed in the gas. It is what it is here at Daytona. “This is so awesome to take the No. 3 car back to Victory Lane. This one is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those (Dale) Sr. fans. I love you guys. We are going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year!” Almirola finished the race in 11th, as Dillon made it two years in a row that the Daytona 500 winner led only the last lap.

 

There was three multi-car crashes throughout the race that took out good cars. A nine car crash on lap 60 took out drivers such as Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, and Erik Jones, and a six car crash on lap 102 took out Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Danica Patrick, who was in her final NASCAR race. Keselowski was the pre-race favorite in Vegas, with 8/1 odds of winning despite starting in the rear.

 

Ryan Blaney has an eight point lead in the points standings over Joey Logano, and is 11 points ahead of Austin Dillon and second-place finisher Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who became the highest finishing African American in Daytona 500 history, and was also the highest finishing rookie. The next race will be on Sunday at Atlanta at 1 PM central time on Fox.

 

Sources: www.nascar.com

 

Written on February 20th, 2018

 

 

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