After a stray firework almost hit Austin Dillon on pit road during pre-race, the only on-track fireworks took out Kyle Busch, leading to pole-sitter Dillon winning the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While Busch and Kasey Kahne wrecked on Lap 150, ending Busch’s night, Dillon was in the front on the way to leading 61 laps and winning his fourth Xfinity race of the year.
Dillon completed a sweep of the Xfinity Series’ races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, having won the first May event. Dillon had led the first few laps of the night before quickly falling back.
“We went back to fifth or sixth there, the second restart was good, got all the way up to third,” Dillon told NBCSN. “I knew our lap times were comparable to the leaders, we just needed to get the track position back.”
Dillon was able to get it back thanks to two debris cautions on Lap 50 and 143. Than came the restart on Lap 146, with Dillon in third, a similar spot he had been in at Charlotte in May.
“I ran wide open for about a lap or two to get the lead and then it was a good battle with Erik (Jones), it was pretty close,” Dillon said. “We were pretty loose that whole last run…but we were good enough to win the race.”
HOW AUSTIN DILLON WON: Dillon took advantage of a bad restart by Kyle Busch with 54 laps to go and led the rest of the way to the checkered flag.
WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Brad Keselowski had a quiet night, starting in 13th and running seventh until a restart with 54 laps to go. Th Penske driver navigated his No. 22 Ford into the top three, where he finished third … Daniel Suarez finished fourth for his seventh top-five finish in his rookie year … Points leader Chris Buescher spent much of the night in fifth until a pit stop with 59 laps to go. Buescher lost four spots when a hose got stuck beneath his right-front tire and finished seventh.
WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: After beating and banging in the first laps following a Lap 146 restart, Kasey Kahne got into the back of Kyle Busch in Turn 4 on Lap 150, sending both their cars into the outside wall. Busch, who had led 102 laps, would finish 31st, 47 laps down. Kahne returned to the track and wound up 12th … Brendan Gaughan had to pit near the halfway mark for a tire issue and finished 15th, a lap down.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I was actually praying and fireworks hit me in the back. I don’t know if it was a sign from God, but He got me going right there.” – Austin Dillon on being hit by a firework during pre-race ceremonies.
NOTABLE: All five of Austin Dillon’s wins on 1.5-mile tracks have come from the pole.
WHAT’S NEXT: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 17 at 4 pm ET on NBCSN