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Dillon Wins Truck Race In Nashville

| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 22 2011

Austin Dillon passed Johnny Sauter for the lead with 23 laps to go and then pulled away to an easy victory in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race in Nashville.

The margin of victory was over three seconds.

The victory was the first of the season for Dillon, who is driving for Richard Childress Racing. It was the third of his career.

Sauter was second, Timothy Peters was third.

The victory cut Sauter’s lead over Dillon at the top of the point standings from 22 to 18 points.

Fourth was Nelson Piquet Jr. and Parker Kligerman was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Todd Bodine, James Buescher, David Starr, Elliott Sadler and Joey Coulter.

“It was all about sticking with (Sauter) as long as I could, keep the pressure on,” Dillon said. “I knew he was getting looser and looser and I finally had to get up in there with him and loosen him up a little more, and when it happened we just went on.”

“I looked at all the tire wears all day and the tires weren’t wearing, and I knew if we had track position and clean air, we were gonna go,” Stockman said. “And we didn’t even have clean air and we still win. Tires weren’t an issue tonight.”

Sauter, the points leader over Dillon by 18 points in the standings, was looking for his second win of the season but said at the end of the day the victor’s truck was just better.

“He obviously knew that he had a fast truck, because before that pit stop he was dogging me lap after lap,” Sauter said. “I knew it was just going to be a matter of time before he got around me.”

With the win, Dillon claimed one of the most coveted trophies in the sport – a Sam Bass custom-painted Gibson Les Paul guitar.

“I’ve been talking about it all week,” he said. “They said in the driver’s meeting today that it was voted one of the 10 coolest trophies by ‘Sports Illustrated.’ It’s just a beautiful trophy.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 22 2011
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