Earnhardt Jr baffled by lack of success at Charlotte Motor Speedway

"It hasn't sunk in yet".

"It's pretty unbelievable to beat the (greatest of all time) in your first race", Dillon said. So really proud of them.

"I love it", Dillon said in January. We're in the Chase.

Dillon's opportunity might have never happened had it not been for a bit of chance.

Jimmie Johnson was looking for a record-tying fifth Coca-Cola 600 win, but he ran out of gas while leading with two laps remaining.

Austin Dillon beat Kyle Busch by 0.835 seconds in the Coca Cola 600 on Sunday - a frustrating loss for Busch who didn't hide his emotions after the race.

Dillon closed racings biggest day with the surprise victory, following Sebastian Vettels win in Formula Ones Monaco Grand Prix and Takura Satos victory in the Indy 500.

The first win of Dillon's career also marked another major moment for his grandfather and team owner, Richard Childress. He eventually got close to the leader, but the gamble paid off for race victor Austin Dillon, who scored his first career Cup victory.

It had been a long time coming for the number made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt, who drove for Childress during six of his seven championships.

"I didn't know we were thinking fuel", Johnson said. "I could see him saving". "To have my grandson [win] just makes it that more special". The No. 3, Dillon said, "was the best of all time". I'm not saying this race won't be hard or a test. Let's be honest, 600 miles is 600 miles. Martin Truex Jr. was third after leading 233 of 400 laps.

"I didn't know we were thinking fuel", Johnson said. We were really, really loose.

Pole victor Scott Dixon had a scary moment on Lap 53 when he and Jay Howard crashed in Turn 2.

Truex had plenty of gas left in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toytoa. That's two out of the last three years that we lost this race on fuel mileage.

Sunday was no different.

Dillon did his signature belly slide celebration in the damp grass at Charlotte, outlasting a rain delay of almost 1 hour, 40 minutes — and several established drivers to take his first checkered flag. But a daring fuel-mileage gamble by Austin Dillon pulled off the victory, leaving Kyle Busch second and Truex third.

"You don't ever know where they're gonna be", Truex said. "Sometimes it just doesn't go your way".

"Can you believe it?"

When the green flag through to begin Stage 2, Blaney passed Harvick, en route to winning his second stage of the season.

The result was a strong turnaround from last week's result in the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte where Junior came in 18th out of the 20 cars in the event. The chain reaction occurred after metal debris from Jeffrey Earnhardt's auto flew into Elliott's vehicle causing his vehicle to catch fire. This is clearly a track he is comfortable at and he has the patience to handle the long battle. Today's race serves as a sobering reminder - with the names of fallen heroes on each vehicle - of the men and women who fight for our freedom every single day. "It's just disappointing", Elliott said. I was not even running hard up there. "You just couldn't stop or turn or anything".

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