Dillon rides breaks to Nationwide win at Kentucky
BY GARY GRAVES Associated Press
Sunday, September 23, 2012
9/23/12 at 6:45 AM
SPARTA, Ky. - Some drivers would be happy catching one break.
Austin Dillon ended up with two, and the last benefited the Nationwide Series rookie most in winning Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.
Running second to Elliott Sadler, Dillon - car owner Richard Childress' grandson - got the lead after his teammate encountered steering issues with 50 laps left and fell back.
Dillon, the pole winner, went on to his second victory of the season and a sweep at the 1.5-mile oval. He led four times for 65 laps.
In June he dominated, leading 192 of 200 laps.
Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler - who reclaimed the points lead from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Stenhouse's pit-road accident on lap 33 created the first opportunity, though it initially benefited Sadler. Leading the race as he pitted during a competition caution, the defending series champion collided with Eric McClure exiting his stall.
The prolonged pit stop for repairs opened the door for Sadler to take the race and series lead, and he went on to lead 93 of the next 98 laps before the handling issue created opportunity for his Richard Childress Racing teammate.
With six races remaining, Sadler leads Stenhouse by four points, with Dillon 19 back and Hornish 46 behind.
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