Austin Dillon Wins at Texas

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Austin Dillon won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Dillon was able to use pit strategy to get to the front late in the race, and he took the lead from teammate Tyler Reddick on a late restart with 22 laps to go.  Dillon continued to lead over two following restarts, and held off Reddick, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch to win his first race of 2020.

Dillon said he was able to change up his restarts to keep the competition behind him in the closing laps.

“I had to change it up a couple times,” Dillon said.  “Definitely had to earn it; I changed it up.  Waited the second one and went on the last one, so it worked out for me.”

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One week after Cole Custer won to lock himself into the Playoffs, and knock Dillon out in the process, Dillon was able to lock himself into the Playoffs.

Dillon said the victory was the result of his team’s fast cars they’ve been bringing to the track all season.

“This has been coming; we’ve had good cars all year,” Dillon said.  “It means a lot for the family and for our partners.”

Reddick finished second on Sunday for Richard Childress Racing’s first 1-2 finish since 2011.

After getting burned by a mid-race tire strategy call, Reddick said his team worked hard to get back into contention.

“We just couldn’t get our Camaro back in contention after we took right sides,” Reddick said.  “It really shifted the balance of our Camaro and that just put us behind.”

Reddick said he wanted to make sure the battle for the lead was between teammates in the closing laps and didn’t want Logano or Busch to get involved.

“I just wanted it to be between us,” Reddick said.  “I didn’t want to bring other cars into it; make sure we could fight it out.  There was one restart I probably could have…went to his inside.  Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get it done today.”

“Hats off to the 3, all those guys.  Gets one RCR Chevrolet to the Playoffs and now we’re below the cutline.  If we keep running like this, we won’t have to worry about points.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Austin Dillon
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Aric Almirola
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Buba Wallace
  15. Michael McDowell
  16. Corey LaJoie
  17. Matt DiBenedetto
  18. Matt Kenseth
  19. Chris Buescher
  20. Denny Hamlin
  21. Christopher Bell
  22. John Hunter Nemechek
  23. Daniel Suarez
  24. JJ Yeley
  25. Gray Gaulding
  26. Jimmie Johnson
  27. Brennan Poole
  28. Reed Sorenson
  29. Martin Truex Jr.
  30. Alex Bowman
  31. Josh Bilicki
  32. Joey Gase
  33. BJ McLeod
  34. Quin Houff
  35. Ty Dillon
  36. Timmy Hill
  37. William Byron
  38. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  39. Cole Custer
  40. Ryan Preece