Dillon holds off Busch for first Nationwide win at Indy
race winner in the Nationwide Series after passing Kyle Busch for the lead
late in the race and then holding off Busch in the closing laps in Saturday’s
Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dillon, the 22-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress
and younger brother of Sprint Cup Series rookie Austin Dillon, pulled ahead of
Busch and took the lead for the first time following a restart on lap 77. The
driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing ran in front for
the final 24 laps around this historic 2.5-mile racetrack to score his maiden
win in Nationwide, which occurred in his 31st career start.
Dillon also collected a $100,000 bonus from series title sponsor Nationwide
Insurance for being the highest finisher among the four drivers eligible for
the “Dash 4 Cash” at Indianapolis. Rookie Chase Elliott, who won last
weekend’s race at Chicagoland, Trevor Bayne and Brian Scott had also qualified
for the cash award in this race.
Busch, a Sprint Cup Series regular and winner of the 2013 Nationwide event at
Indy, tried to catch Dillon during the final laps but came up 0.8 seconds
short at the finish. Busch started on the pole and led just 10 laps in this
race. In last year’s event here, he started first and led 92 of 100 laps.
Sprint Cup regulars Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Paul Menard
finished third through sixth, respectively. Harvick led the most laps with 33.