Dillon has enough fuel, avoids Busch in final turn to win Xfinity race at Fontana


Austin Dillon paced himself, kept his eyes on his fuel level and then avoided being forced into the wall on the final lap to rally and win Saturday’s TreatMyClot.com 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

Dillon, who will start Sunday’s Sprint Cup race from the pole, was in fourth place when he passed Erik Jones, who ran out of fuel with three laps to go. Dillon got past Daniel Suarez, who ran out of fuel on the final lap.

“I just kind of stayed focused on our fuel the whole time,” Dillon told Fox Sports 1.

There was still one obstacle left between Dillon and victory lane: Kyle Busch, who had his left front tire fail on the final lap, continued racing on essentially three tires, trading the lead with Suarez before gaining it back when Suarez ran out of fuel.

Busch went high, which forced Dillon into the turn 4 wall, but Dillon got away and sailed to the checkered flag.

“He tried to screw me there at the end, but it didn’t work out for him, did it?” Dillon said of Busch’s ploy with a smile on his face.

Afterward in his press conference, Dillon said of the battle with Busch: “It’s just racing. I would have probably done the same thing. I was a little aggressive on TV because I was jacked up, adrenaline was flowing. He made the move to try to hold off to win the race. Anybody in their right mind would have tried to win the race. I’m not mad at him at all. It just made for a crazy finish. At least it was fun.”

Busch led 133 of the race’s 150 laps, while Dillon led just the final lap for his seventh career Xfinity Series victory.

“I didn’t think we had a car to do that, and we didn’t, but we did what we had to do to win the race,” Dillon said.

Busch, who was seeking his fourth consecutive series win, finished second. Erik Jones finished 15th.

After the race, the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Bubba Wallace was found to have failed post-race heights, according to NASCAR.com.

MORE: Results of TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway

MORE: Suarez remains No. 1 in Xfinity Series point standings

HOW DILLON WON: It was a race of attrition. Each of the top three drivers at the time (Busch, Jones and Suarez) suffered maladies in the final three laps. Dillon paced himself, let the race come to him.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Darrell Wallace Jr. matched his Xfinity career best finish (third at Chicagoland last September). … Despite running out of fuel on the last lap, points leader Daniel Suarez still managed to extend his streak of top-10 consecutive finishes to a career-best 11 races in a row, dating back to last season. … Elliott Sadler extended his streak of top-10 finishes to all five races of 2016.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ray Black Jr. got loose on Lap 46 and damaged his front end and splitter when he spun into the frontstretch grass. Black finished 37th. … David Starr also had an early wreck that relegated him to a 38th-place finish.

NOTABLE: Brendan Gaughan finished seventh, his best finish of 2016. … When Ryan Preece went for a spin on Lap 9, it continued a trend where every race thus far this season has had at least one caution within the first 10 laps.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s just racing. I would have probably done the same thing.” – Austin Dillon on hitting the wall on the last corner as he got by Kyle Busch.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Xfinity Series, as well as the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series, are all off next weekend for the Easter holiday. The next NXS race is April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

MORE: Truck race results

MORE: Driver points after WWT Raceway

Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

MORE: Portland Xfinity starting lineup

Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.