Dillon Wins First Race, Brings No. 3 Back To Victory Lane

Austin Dillon stretched his fuel to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – the first victory of his career. His triumph also marked the first time the No. 3 Chevrolet reached Victory Lane since Dale Earnhardt won at Talladega on Oct. 15, 2000.

during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Austin Dillon stretched his fuel to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – the first victory of his career. His triumph also marked the first time the No. 3 Chevrolet reached Victory Lane since Dale Earnhardt won at Talladega on Oct. 15, 2000.

Dillon, 27, joins Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as the second first-time winner of the season. His victory gives him five playoff points.


Dillon will try to build off his win in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1).

The win was also the first in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Justin Alexander, who took over crew chief duties for the No. 3 the week before the Coca-Cola 600.

A testament to NASCAR’s development system, Dillon won the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series title. He’s the 28th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR’s national series.


Notable NASCAR stars who also captured their first victory in the Coca-Cola 600 include: NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, 2000 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title-winner Bobby Labonte and 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: AAA 400 Drive for Autism
The Place: Dover International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, June 4
The Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400 miles (400 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 120),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 240), Final Stage (Ends on lap 400)

Source & Photo Credit: NASCAR

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