Published On: Sat, May 26th, 2018

NASCAR: It Only Takes One (Lap)

Austin Dillon picked up his first career win in the Coca-Cola 600 last year, leading only two laps. Among them, the most important one: the last lap.Austin Dillon picked up his first career win in the Coca-Cola 600 last year, leading only two laps. Among them, the most important one: the last lap.

Since then he collected his second career win in this year’s season-opening Daytona 500. This time he led the race only when most necessary – the final lap – giving him three laps led in the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races he’s won. Both races are absolutely stars of the NASCAR schedule and Dillon has firmly established himself a star as well.

Since Daytona in February, Dillon has led only four more laps – giving him five out front for the 2018 season. He has one more top-10 – a 10th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway – through the opening 12 races and arrives at his hometown track ranked 17th in the standings. 

The 28-year old North Carolina native is as optimistic as you would expect a defending race winner to be for Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), however.

“I’m really pumped about the 600,’’ Dillon said. “It’s a long race for us and obviously coming back being the defending winner hopefully we can do it this year again. If fuel mileage is the way we do it, we will do it that way again, it doesn’t matter, if we can get back to Victory Lane again this year it would be great. 

“But, I’ve always felt comfortable here at Charlotte in any series I’ve ran. I felt like I have been pretty solid here in Xfinity and Trucks. Yeah, I’m pumped for the 600. Anytime I come to this track my confidence is high and I feel good about it,” said Dillon.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Coca-Cola 600
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 27
The Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 5:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 600 miles (400 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 100),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 200), Stage 3 (Ends on Lap 300), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 400)

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