Austin Dillon Claims First Victory at Nashville

As middle Tennessee resident suffered the effects of an unusual heat wave, with the heat index surpassing 100 degrees for multiple days, NASCAR teams arrived in Nashville for the second race weekend of the year at the Nashville Superspeedway.

[media-credit name=”Joe Dunn” align=”alignright” width=”200″][/media-credit]As the premier series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams enjoyed a weekend off, the second and third tier series began arriving in the Music City on Thursday.. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams spent Thursday setting up in the makeshift garage area to make final adjustments to the trucks as they filed through NASCAR inspection.

Friday began with a couple of practice session for the Trucks, followed by qualifying. With only 34 entries to fill the 36 truck field, none of the teams needed be concerned about missing the race and only ran for starting positions.


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To the surprise of few observers, the Richard Childress Racing teams of Austin Dillon and Joey Coulter easily captured the front row. Absent from the field were frequent Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.

Off to a quick start, the yellow flew quick on lap 5 as Johanna Long spun her number 20 Toyota in turn two. The field went back green 3 laps later and Long returned to the track. Dillon held the lead for 29 laps before being overtaken by Timothy Peters in the #17 Toyota. Peters held the lead until green flag pit stops began on lap 55 and the lead changed three times before Peters regained it on lap 63. Peters held that lead through lap 103 when a debris caution came out. On lap 104 Austin Dillon took the lead for two laps before surrendering it to Johnny Sauter.

Sauter would lead the field for 21 laps when Dillon took it back on lap 128. That would be the final change as Dillon outran the field for the final 23 laps, taking the checkered flag on lap 150. Finishing second was Johnny Sauter followed by Timothy Peters, Nelson Piquet Jr fifth, Todd Bodine, James Buescher, David Starr, Elliott Sadler and Joey Coulter rounding out the top 10.

The win was Dillon’s first of the 2011 season and the third of his 39 starts in the series. Johnny Sauter leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points following the race, 18 points ahead of Dillon.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series takes to the track Saturday at 6:30 local time (7:30 EDT)

Unofficial Race Results
Lucas Deep Clean 200, Nashville Superspeedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/truckseries/race.php?race=12
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 1 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 47
2 6 13 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 43
3 5 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 43
4 8 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet 40
5 7 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge 39
6 21 5 Todd Bodine Toyota 38
7 19 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 37
8 11 81 David Starr Toyota 36
9 3 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 0
10 2 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet 35
11 15 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet 33
12 9 23 Jason White Chevrolet 32
13 18 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 31
14 10 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota 30
15 20 6 Justin Lofton Toyota 29
16 14 4 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 28
17 4 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet 27
18 17 32 Blake Feese Chevrolet 26
19 16 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 26
20 23 178 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 24
21 13 66 Justin Marks Chevrolet 23
22 12 18 Josh Richards Toyota 22
23 34 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ford 0
24 22 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 20
25 31 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 19
26 25 20 Johanna Long * Toyota 18
27 24 9 Max Papis Toyota 17
28 26 93 Shane Sieg Chevrolet 16
29 28 165 Brent Raymer Chevrolet 15
30 29 73 Clay Greenfield Chevrolet 14
31 32 189 Chris Lafferty Dodge 0
32 27 7 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 0
33 33 175 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 0
34 30 138 Mike Garvey Chevrolet 10

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