Rookie Dillon dominates Nationwide in Kentucky

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 1:37 PM

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Pole-sitter Austin Dillon, driving the legendary No. 3 car, led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night.

It was the first Nationwide victory for Dillon, a rookie who captured the Truck Series title a year ago.

The 22-year-old native of Lewisville, N.C., also took over the series lead with the victory. He came into the night just a point back of leader Elliott Sadler after seven top-five finishes: five fifths and two fourths.

Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch was a distant second, 9.828 seconds back. Third was another Cup driver and the No. 2 qualifier, Kevin Harvick, followed by Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier.

The race was contested in ideal conditions after gusting winds earlier delayed qualifying for the Cup Series.

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