Big Brickyard Win for Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon

Dillon celebrates his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win at The Brickyard. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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INDIANAPOLIS - His cooling unit having long ago failed and Kyle Busch in pursuit, Ty Dillon was stuck in a furnace on four wheels doing all that he could to stay in the lead of Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“When Kyle Busch is on you, pushing you as hard as you can go - that guy doesn’t mess up - so I knew I had to be perfect every lap,’’ Dillon said. “That definitely takes a lot more out of you.

“If I had to pass out going into one of these corners, at least I gave it all I had.’’

Dillon made to the finish, taking the checkered flag for his first series win seconds before his car’s gas tank gurgled, leaving him with only enough to do half the burnout he  wanted.

Shortly climbing out his car, older brother, Austin, was with him, making sure he got enough fluids and that he was OK.

“He’s been my No. 1 doctor,’’ Ty Dillon said of his brother.

Having his brother, father and other family members there made the win even more special for Dillon.

“I know him and Dad were on the radio cheering me on,’’ Dillon said of his family. I could hear it in his voice, he (Austin) was getting nervous. (Richard Childress) came on the radio and told  everybody to shut up, so he was getting nervous.’’

Nothing held Dillon back this time, leaving Busch to finish second. Dillon also won a $100,000 bonus with the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus and will be eligible for the bonus next weekend at Iowa Speedway.

The 22-year-old Dillon became the 11th different winner in the last 11 races. Five of those victories have been by series regulars.

Matt Kenseth finished third Saturday with Kevin Harvick fourth and Joey Logano fifth.

Busch said the final restart on Lap 77 was the key. He chose the outside lane after having issues on restarts from the inside lane in the previous two races at this track.

Dillon admits he was surprised by Busch’s move.

Busch’s plan backfired.

“Gave it away on the last restart in Turn 1,’’ said Busch, who won this race last year. “Got in there and the car never turned. (Dillon) got the lead and it was over from there. If I could have been out front, I probably could have held him off.’’

Dillon pulled away to lead the final 24 laps and become the first Nationwide driver to score his first series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dillon’s victory means the top four in points are separated by 15 points. Chase Elliott leads with Regan Smith four points behind, Elliott Sadler 11 points off the lead and Dillon 15 back.

That mattered little to Dillon immediately after the race.

“We get to kiss the bricks, baby!’’ Dillon yelled on his radio to his team after winning. “Holy cow, I love you guys.’’

 

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