Dillon Wins At Gresham For First Career Victory Series Rookie Takes Over Lead Tate In Action-Filled Event JEFFERSON, Ga. (Aug. 28, 2010) - Ty Dillon captured his first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a victory in the American Fence...
Dillon Wins At Gresham For First Career Victory
Series Rookie Takes Over Lead Tate In Action-Filled Event
JEFFERSON, Ga. (Aug. 28, 2010) - Ty Dillon captured his first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a victory in the American Fence Association 150 presented by Mayfield Ice Creamier at Gresham Motorsports Park on Saturday.
Dillon, the 18-year-old grandson of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner Richard Childress, inherited the top spot when the two leaders got together late in the event and then held on to win the action-filled race that concluded with a yellow-checkered finish.
Fellow series rookie Kevin Swindell won the Coors Light Pole Award and led a career- and race-high 123 laps in the series' inaugural visit to the Jefferson, Ga., half-mile. Defending series champion Ryan Truex got by Swindell on a Lap 130 restart and then two came together on the backstretch following a restart on Lap 137 that saw Dillon inherit a lead he would make stand up through two more cautions.
Truex and Swindell had further on-track incidents in the closing laps, and it was Swindell who brought out the 12th and final caution of the night when he stalled entering Turn 2 during the green-white-checker finish. Truex wound up seventh while Swindell slipped to 14th.
When the dust had settled, Cole Whitt registered his third runner-up finish of the year while Ryan Gifford crossed a season-best third.
Michael Cherry, Matt Kobyluck, Sergio Pena, Truex, Jason Patison, D.J. Shaw and Brandon Haley rounded out the top 10 finishers.
It was an impressive debut for Cherry, who competed with Swindell for the lead early on in the race. It was also an impressive comeback for Kobyluck, who cut a tire in final practice and was forced to a back-up car. After starting the race at the tail end, Kobyluck rallied for his fourth top-10 of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr., who entered the race 33 points behind Truex atop the season standings, finished two laps down in 15th following the fracas on Lap 137. Consequently, the deficit doubled to 66 points with two races remaining on the schedule.
It was also a costly night for Brett Moffitt, who entered the race 100 points behind Truex. He was working on a top-five, but tangled with Eddie MacDonald on 132 and finished 17th. As a result he slipped to fourth in the standings behind Whitt.
While the entire race was tightly-contested on the fast half-mile, the last 60 laps of the event were slowed by four red flags and multiple cautions. The first red was brought out on Lap 91 when Julian Albarracin's car slid into two water barrels along the track entrance atop Turn 2 that soaked the entire racing surface coming out of the turn. Two red flags and 28 laps of caution were used in an effort to dry the surface. The third and fourth red flags were necessary for fluid clean-up on the frontstretch during accidents on Laps 120 and 132. All told, the race included 12 cautions for 70 laps.
With his win in the No. 3 Waffle House/Mom 'N' Pop's Chevrolet, Dillon secured a spot in the prestigious postseason NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. He came into the event with five top 10s in eight career NKNPS East starts. His best career finish of second came at Iowa Speedway in the East/West combination race where he also led the first laps of his career. Dillon's brother, Austin, was the 2008 K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
The American Fence Association 150 from Gresham Motorsports Park will air on SPEED on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. ET.
The next event on tap for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire Motors Speedway on Friday, Sept. 17. The event, the next-to-last race of the 2010 season, marks the second of two appearances for the series at the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H.