FORT WORTH, Texas – Ty Dillon was in a class of his own Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dillon led a race-high 130 laps en route to victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350, his second triumph of the season and third of his career.
“I’ve wanted to win here at Texas so bad and to do it like that, I’m just so proud of my guys,” Dillon said. “What a year. We’ve been so fast and we should have done this a couple more times. I’m just proud of the guys.”
Dillon started the race third but was in the lead by the end of the first lap. He was rarely challenged during the 147-lap event, but there was a 10-lap run late in the event that saw Dillon drop from the lead to third during a restart.
After a caution flag on lap 99 for Kyle Busch’s expired engine, the field returned to racing on lap 107. Ryan Blaney used a huge run on the inside during the restart to take the lead away from Dillon. Dillon briefly fell into a battle for second with James Buescher, with Buescher actually clearing Dillon for a lap to take second away.
Dillon refused to give up however, retaking second from Buescher on the outside on lap 114. He then set his sights on Blaney, quickly chasing down the No. 29 Ford to begin a battle for the race lead. On lap 118 Dillon returned to the front, moving below Blaney to re-take the race lead.
“I wasn’t going to lose this race. I’ve let too many get away this year, whether it’s been my mistakes or failures, we’ve let too many get away and I wasn’t going to lose this one,” Dillon said.
Once out front Dillon simply pulled away, beating runner-up Johnny Sauter to the checkered flag by 2.662 seconds.
The victory was also the 100th for the No. 3 in NASCAR competition at Richard Childress Racing.
“I wish it was Dale Earnhardt. I wish he was still with us, but I’m proud to be able to do that,” Dillon said.
Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third, his best finish of the 2013 season. Brendan Gaughan and Justin Lofton completed the top five. Championship leader Matt Crafton finished 10th and only needs to finish 18th in the final two races of the season to clinch his first championship.