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Austin Dillon Wins in the rain in Michigan Xfinity race

LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway
Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Austin Dillon and his grandfather and car owner Richard Childress celebrate at Michigan
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Austin Dillon powered past Kaz Grala on Lap 72 of Saturday's LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway and held the lead the rest of the way to win his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since Aug. 19, 2016 at Bristol. 

Dillon kept Richard Childress racing teammate Daniel Hemric behind him after a restart on Lap 89 of a scheduled 125, but the race ended under caution two laps later when rain pelted the asphalt. The event started three hours late after a window opened in the inclement weather. 

The victory was Dillon's first at the two-mile track and the ninth of his career. RCR hadn't won in the series since Michael McDowell took the checkered flag at Road America in 2016, a week after Dillon claimed his victory at Bristol. 

"It's always amazing to get to Victory Lane," Dillon said. "In the Xfinity Series for RCR, we've been working real hard to get our cars back where they need to be. This feels good… 

"Me and (crew chief) Nick (Harrison) have gotten to run off a couple of wins together a couple of years back, and we felt like, if they put us back together that we could go do it again. We're a pretty good duo, it seems like. It's nice to be back with him and that group."  

Hemric rolled home second, a career-best finish on an oval track, but his satisfaction with the 1-2 result by his organization was tempered by the nagging feeling he had failed to execute when it counted. 

"If I had done my job or drug the brake and or done something maybe to form the bottom lane up better, maybe I could have passed Dillon," Hemric said. "Obviously, I was lined up next to, in my opinion, one of the best restarters in our sport, and Austin does a great job of that and had a lot of help on top." 

Cole Custer ran third, followed by Ryan Reed and Paul Menard. Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Truex completed the top 10. 

The Xfinity cars again ran the high-downforce aero package
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For the second straight week, the Xfinity Series cars ran a high-downforce restrictor-plate package that kept the cars in closer quarters, though the outside lane established a clear advantage. But there was plenty of action in a race that featured nine cautions in 91 laps. 

Christopher Bell recovered from a hard hit against the outside wall on Lap 17 and a subsequent spin on Lap 67. He rallied to finish 11th in a No. 20 Toyota despite serious damage to the right rear quarter and bumper cover. 

Series leader Elliott Sadler wasn't as lucky. His No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet scraped the outside wall on Lap 73 after contact with Alex Bowman's Camaro. Sadler finished 30th, the last driver on the lead lap, and saw his lead in the standings shrink to 41 points over Custer in second and 49 over Hemric in third. 

RACE RESULTS

Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Points Status
1 13 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's Chevrolet 91 18 0 Running
2 5 21 Daniel Hemric South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 91 1 35 Running
3 4 0 Cole Custer Code 3 Associates Ford 91 0 42 Running
4 15 16 Ryan Reed Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford 91 1 49 Running
5 2 22 Paul Menard Menards/Richmond Ford 91 8 0 Running
6 1 18 Kyle Busch Maltesers Toyota 91 29 0 Running
7 6 9 Tyler Reddick
Nationwide Children's Chevrolet 91 0 30 Running
8 24 98 Kevin Harvick FIELDS Ford 91 11 0 Running
9 9 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 91 0 28 Running
10 12 11 Ryan Truex Phantom Fireworks Chevrolet 91 0 41 Running
11 7 20 Christopher Bell
Rheem Toyota 91 0 28 Running
12 40 61 Kaz Grala
NETTTS Ford 91 5 34 Running
13 8 42 John Hunter Nemechek Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet 91 0 33 Running
14 16 4 Ross Chastain Flex Seal Chevrolet 91 0 28 Running
15 21 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 91 0 22 Running
16 14 2 Matt Tifft Nexteer Chevrolet 91 0 28 Running
17 17 5 Michael Annett TMC Chevrolet 91 0 20 Running
18 11 19 Brandon Jones XYO Networks Toyota 91 0 25 Running
19 18 39 Ryan Sieg Lombard Bros. Gaming Chevrolet 91 0 18 Running
20 27 38 JJ Yeley RSS Racing Chevrolet 91 0 17 Running
21 10 23 Alex Bowman(i) ISM Connect Chevrolet 91 8 0 Running
22 34 76 Spencer Boyd
Grunt Style Chevrolet 91 0 15 Running
23 29 60 Austin Cindric
LTi Printing Ford 91 0 18 Running
24 25 78 Tommy Joe Martins Chevrolet 91 0 13 Running
25 32 1 Vinnie Miller
JAS Trucking Chevrolet 91 0 12 Running
26 22 0 Garrett Smithley VehicleKeys.com Chevrolet 91 0 11 Running
27 33 45 Josh Bilicki
Prevagen Toyota 91 0 10 Running
28 38 74 BJ McLeod Horizon Transport Chevrolet 91 0 9 Running
29 36 40 Chad Finchum
Smithbilt Homes Toyota 91 0 8 Running
30 3 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 91 0 21 Running
31 37 66 Timmy Hill OCR Gaz Bar Dodge 90 0 6 Running
32 26 90 Josh Williams Sleep Well Chevrolet 89 0 5 Transmission
33 28 52 David Starr Pro Waste Services, Inc. Chevrolet 82 0 4 Accident
34 23 8 Caesar Bacarella MAXIM/ALPHA PRIME Chevrolet 79 0 3 Accident
35 35 55 Brandon Hightower Timmons Truck Center Toyota 79 0 2 Accident
36 30 15 Matt Mills Flex Glue Chevrolet 54 0 1 Accident
37 20 36 Alex Labbe
Can-Am/Wholey/Cyclops Chevrolet 52 0 1 Accident
38 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 34 0 1 Brakes
39 19 35 Joey Gase Sparks Chevrolet 33 0 1 Overheating
40 31 93 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 5 0 1 Vibration

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