Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon crashes in Roval 400

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Austin Dillon took two trips into the wall in the Bank of America Roval 400. He sustained heavy damage in the second incident and went behind the wall into the garage. Under NASCAR’s crashed car policy, he will retire from the race.

Dillon’s first incident occurred when he attempted to pass Chris Buescher on Lap 59 in Turn 15 (Turn 4 of the oval layout). Dillon’s damage from that incident cut a tire six laps later and sent the No. 3 Chevrolet into the wall.

This is a crazy race. I was having a good run and the No. 37, I went through (Turns) 3 and 4 and I knew I didn’t even make a mistake and I didn’t think that was how I was going to make a mistake,” Dillon said after leaving the infield care center. “He flicked the wheel right in the middle of the corner, and when he did, I checked and smacked the outside wall and just couldn’t save it, there.” 

Dillon made repairs, but the second incident eliminated him from the race.

“And, we fixed it,” Dillon continued. “And I came back up through there and jumped the curb and I think that’s what cut my tire down going into 3 and 4. I should have just been more patient and waited for more attrition to go out. But I actually felt pretty comfortable and running good. It’s just hard to hold back in a treacherous race; and I guess I didn’t do what we needed to do.”

Dillon will finish 39th. He entered the Roval 400 10th in the standings, 10 points ahead of the 12th-place cutoff. This will keep him from advancing into Round 2 of the playoffs.